What's a Career Coach? Do I need one?

Written by Deborah Walker

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Not all job seekers need a career coach. If you already have headhunters calling you with job leads, you're probably OK on your own. Here are some situations were job seekers could benefit fromrepparttar expertise of a career coach: 1) changing industries, 2) moving into management, 3) changing functional roles (like accounting to sales), 4) relocation to a new area, 5) unstable work history, 6) been withrepparttar 101842 same company for many years, 7) over or under qualified, 8) over 50, or 9) lack confidence in your salary negotiation skills. Another way to tell if you need a career coach is lack of positive results. If you aren't getting responses from your resume postings or you aren't getting called back for second interviews, a career coach could most likely help you improve your skills and get your campaign moving forward.

If you decide to invest in a career coach, here are a few things you'll want to look for. A career coach should be an expert inrepparttar 101843 field of career management. Ask about their background and how they stay abreast of national employment trends. A career coach should understand employer buyer motivations. Ask if they' ve ever sat inrepparttar 101844 hiring seat. A career coach must be a good listener. If he/she talks more than listens, your objectives won 't be heard or understood.

Likerepparttar 101845 athlete running a race, your job search is a competitive event. Prepare to win first place in your job search. As every runner knows, second place doesn't take homerepparttar 101846 prize.

Deborah Walker, CCMC provides Career Coaching and Resume Writing to executive job seekers nationwide. Accelerate your job search! Get your Free job search skills analysis at mailto:Skills@alphaadvantage.com visit Deborah at her website at http://www.AlphaAdvantage.com or email her at mailto:Deb@AlphaAdvantage.com

The 3 Steps To Communication Mastery

Written by Peter Murphy

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2 Berepparttar other person

Revisitrepparttar 101841 conversation again only this time cycle through it as if you wererepparttar 101842 other person. Imagine what it was like to be there looking at you and listening to you. You are now walking in their shoes so as to get a close up look at what it is like to deal with you.

You may find that you spotrepparttar 101843 reasons whyrepparttar 101844 conversation did not go as well as you would have liked.

3 Ask yourself - how did I getrepparttar 101845 result I achieved?

In this stage ofrepparttar 101846 process you putrepparttar 101847 responsibility on your shoulders alone forrepparttar 101848 outcome ofrepparttar 101849 conversation. Blaming others will not help you to think creatively for solutions and ways to better your conversational skills.

Revisit that conversation one more time asrepparttar 101850 neutral observer and one time asrepparttar 101851 other person. In each case look forrepparttar 101852 answer torepparttar 101853 question: how did I get this result? Then ask yourself: what could I do differently to get what I really want?

You will discover ways to change your approach that can dramatically improve how you communicate when it matters most.

By using this approach I often spot opportunities to use more emphasis on key points andrepparttar 101854 value of being enthusiastic when I want someone to consider my opinion. At other times I notice that I could listen more carefully instead of just getting carried away with my own agenda.

Play with this way of developing perspective for yourself and have fun spotting allrepparttar 101855 little differences that add up to a big difference in your ability to speak with impact.

Peter Murphy is a freelance business writer. He recently produced a 5 day ecourse on Persuasion Mastery. To get this for free send mailto:5daypersuasion@sendfree.com

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