This morning I had the opportunity to speak with a lovely woman and career coach, Tracy Brisson. I “met” Tracy on Brazen Careerist, because she responded to one of my posts. Along with a few other career coaches that I’ve met online, Tracy has changed my opinion of career coaching.
Who should hire a career coach? Well, anyone that feels like s/he needs career guidance. You don’t have to be young and/or trying to figure out your career path just to hire a coach. Even people who have jobs hire coaches to help them make good career-related decisions.
If you are planning on hiring a career coach, the important thing to do is to make sure s/he is qualified to help you. Here’s an article in which Tracy outlines what you should look for in a career coach.
While I’m not a client of Tracy’s, I feel comfortable recommending her based on my experience with her. It sounds corny, but I feel like she is a really positive and sincere person; she also is extremely intelligent. Check out her website.
You may also want to read the article, “How to Find a Fulfilling Career Path,” The article includes advice from Tracy and another career coach, Michelle Ward (aka The When I Grow Up Coach), who is based in Brooklyn.
If you are unemployed/underemployed and are feeling like you might want some coaching but don’t want to shell out the bucks, head over to LinkedIn, join the405Club group, and post your thoughts/questions. Chances are, Gloria Schramm, a really nice person and career coach, will answer your question(s). I’m speaking from experience!
Generally speaking, if you don’t want to hire a coach but have questions, you should utilize LinkedIn and/or Brazen Careerist, or some other helpful social media. Ask specific questions so you can get specific answers. It works.