1. A career coach cannot help you figure out what it is that you want to do. Many people want to change their jobs or try to move forward with their career but they do not know exactly where to go. While a coach can help you identify your strengths, he cannot help you figure out what you're passionate about. This is all up to you.
2. A coach cannot help motivate you. If you're looking for somebody to move you to make changes in your life, you're looking in the wrong direction. Before looking for a coach, think about the reasons why you want to make career changes. In addition, find out how serious you are about making these changes. If you find that you're not all that serious, you're probably going to waste your time and money with a coach.
3. A coach cannot give you the specifics on the job market and employer information. Although some coaches will have some in-depth information about various industries, employers, and the state of the market, they do not have all the information. You will have to spend some time doing research and talking to other people to figure out what's going on.
In conclusion, a coach can make changing your professional life much easier. Just make sure that you're looking to hire a coach for the right reasons and have a solid executive resume. Many people have had great results with a career coach and highly recommend hiring one.
- Gail Esparan