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Career Coach



Use Inside Jobs to guide people toward discovering their ideal career.

What does a Career Coach do?

Careers are like pants. Most people have to try on a few before they find the right fit. Career coaches help people navigate those choices and pick the best profession based on their strengths, weaknesses, and ambitions.

Sometimes called a career counselor or career consultant, a career coach works with all sorts of clients. You might work with high school students who want to know what they should study in college, new college graduates who are looking for direction as they enter the job market, established professionals who want to make a mid-life career change, or seniors who want to start a new post-retirement adventure.

As a career coach, you’re paid to help people assess their personalities and skills, then research and choose compatible career paths. To do that, you interview clients in order to learn about their experience, education, and goals. You might also give personality tests, like the Birkman Personality Assessment and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, to determine clients’ nature. You also research the requirements and qualifications for jobs and industries that interest your clients.

Your duties don’t end with choosing a career, however, as you’re also paid to help clients land jobs in their new fields. To that end, you help them create winning resumes, find job openings, and develop good interviewing skills, all while motivating and encouraging them—just like a good coach should!

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