What would happen if you attempted to drive on a complex, ever changing highway without any mirrors on your car? Surely you would have a hard time navigating through obstacles, seeing all the options to maneuver quickly while also being aware of impending blind spots. Well, a professional career coach can serve as your own mirror for a speedy job search.

What are the responsibilities of a professional career coach?

A professional career coach is like a mirror reflecting the options available to ensure forward movement and maximum traction. They will aid you in identifying all avenues available when performing a strategic job search. From networking to LinkedIn to modern interview strategies, tapping into the resources introduced by a career coach will help you navigate the twists and turns you’ll encounter along the road to your professional future.

A career coach will also shine a light on any blind spots along the way. During coaching and strategy sessions, your coach will listen and aid you in anticipating challenges and developing strategies to approach them proactively.

A mirror that reflects the reality of what is going on behind you while driving is essential. You need to clearly see the past accomplishments and skills that have driven your success. A coach will help identify those and integrate them into your self branding strategies and a strong elevator speech. Before you know it, you’ll realize the person in the reflection has everything an employer needs in a job candidate!

So, just like you’d hire a CPA to ensure you are doing everything you can to save money, a career coach helps you save something just as valuable…time during a job search. Like a trustworthy, reliable rearview mirror, they offer a valuable service that will make your ride to the next big thing much smoother.

See our next article in September for top tips to select the best career coach for your needs.

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Danielle Dayries

Danielle Dayries is the CEO/owner of the locally-based outplacement firm, DMD & Associates, Inc. Her firm is engaged by companies worldwide to deliver outplacement programs that empower those affected by a reduction in force to get back to work quickly, while helping companies protect their brand and limit legal exposure. She is a board member of several Society of Human Resource Chapters, speaks throughout the United States about career transition topics and is published in multiple publications. Contact her through her website and LinkedIn.