Meet our wonderful career coaches, Carl, Evangelos, and Josie. With years of coaching experience under their belt, they are here to help you with everything from changing careers, improving your CV, nailing an interview to getting that promotion you’ve always wanted.
If you are looking to change careers or just find yourself stuck in a rut that you can’t seem to shake, our coaches will use a mixture of practical advice and knowledge of the job market to help boost your confidence and find the right career path for you. You can find out more about our career coaches and how the can help you below:
How did you get into career coaching?
I started out as a CV writer. My clients were typically Directors or Senior Executives, and it was fascinating to see the variety in their approaches to career management. It struck me that no matter how they had got there, everyone struggled to make sense of their career when it came to writing a clear, consistent and targeted CV.
After a while, I began to work with career coaches. Clients who had been actively engaged in coaching had a far clearer sense of who they were, what they wanted and how to get there. I wanted to help people gain that clarity, so I became a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC). I now have transformative conversations every day, and help people build career management competencies that will last them a lifetime.
I was working as an employment adviser back in 2011 and attended a coaching taster weekend workshop. What I learnt at the weekend excited me and I became very passionate about it as I love to help and support people. I selected a coaching provider that resonated with me and started formal coach training. It was a transformative and life-changing experience. Coaching involves asking questions to help people come to their own awareness of their greatness and the obstacles that might be getting in the way of their aspirations. It involves setting actions to help people achieve their goals. I really value coaching as a medium to empower individuals and help facilitate and accelerate their personal and professional development.
Before becoming a career coach, I was an HR professional for many years in major multinational firms and I was always supporting people’s development in parallel with my HR duties. I also voluntarily delivered the outplacement program at PwC for employees that were made redundant, by supporting them with career advice, CV review and interview preparation. Being able to empower individuals with their careers, open their perspectives and build their potential brought me much higher satisfaction and fulfillment than my normal HR duties. It then a natural move for me to transition from HR to coaching.
How do you see it benefiting jobseekers?
We all have ideas about work and fulfillment. Most of us never take the time to fully explore these ideas, let alone act on them. Career coaching is invaluable in uncovering what you really want and designing actions to get you there.
There’s also a more practical element to career coaching. The job market is always changing, and applications don’t get the same responses they used to. Having the right CV is important, but depending on what you’re looking for you might also need an online profile, proactive application strategies, a solid networking approach, great interview technique or a whole range of other skills. Speaking with a career coach can help you identify methods with a far higher success rate than firing thousands of copies of your CV into the digital abyss.
Coaching can help people to draw out their skills, strengths and inner resources. It can be easy, especially if you’ve been job hunting for a while, to begin to doubt your abilities. A lot of fear and anxiety can arise for jobseekers, especially when they are experiencing uncertainty and the future is unknown. When I trained in coaching, I was taught that people are naturally creative, whole and resourceful. We work with jobseekers to help them tap into this and if there’s something they don’t know, what can they do to find out. People feel more confident and better equipped on how to manage job hunting as a result.
Jobseekers usually need a helping hand to navigate them through the difficulties of the job-hunting process. They sometimes need encouragement along with some tips on how to optimise or change their search. Other times, they need holistic support regarding their CV, interview preparation and job search. I have helped many jobseekers restore their confidence and have enjoyed great success in empowering them to secure their ideal job. It’s great knowing that you played a part in their success and seeing them happy and content.
What are the most common questions you get asked?
I am often asked how to write a great CV. There’s so much different information out there that it’s difficult to know where to start! This is complicated even further by the fact that a great CV is unique to you, so generic approaches rarely work. This is a perfect time to connect with a career coach, as they can give personal, specific feedback.
Another question is what it takes to make a career change. People can get a long way down one path before realising they want to do something completely different. In these cases, exploring all the options and creating a plan for research can be extremely useful to turn indecision into structured action.
“How can I improve my CV?” is a frequent question. Common mistakes that people make with their CVs include inconsistent punctuation and listing job duties but forgetting to write down their achievements. It is good to ask yourself “how would an outsider know how well I did the job from reading my CV?” If your CV isn’t conveying this then it probably needs some work.
“Why am I not getting interviews?” is another common question. I discuss with the individual what they are currently doing and any feedback they have received so far. Sometimes it is limiting beliefs that is holding them back, sometimes it can be that they aren’t answering questions with enough depth, or they are speaking too quickly. Through my years of spending time supporting hundreds of people, I’ve come to the realisation that going for interviews is about being comfortable talking about yourself and what you can do that is relevant to the employer. Certain beliefs or behaviours can cloud a candidate’s ability to be the best version of themselves and coaching can help bring this to awareness.
I get a variety of queries from jobseekers, ranging from “what can I do to improve my CV, to “I don’t know what I want to do”. I also supported a teacher that had 40 years of teaching experience abroad and wanted to transition to a different role in the UK. Jobseekers also ask questions about Adzuna tools, how they can optimise their search and connect with hiring managers.
What type of industries do people typically work in?
As a career coach, I’m very lucky to work with people of all industries and at all career stages. I’ve worked with labourers, teachers, directors, analysts, salespeople, therapists and just about any other industry or job title you can think of! I also work with clients who have been made redundant or are looking for career change, so we get to explore their many and varied new options together. Rather than being an expert in any particular industry or career path, I love getting a little bit of an insight into everything – it gives me a great appreciation for a huge variety of jobs.
We have people from a variety of backgrounds who contact us for support. I do seem to have a greater number from the education sector, marketing and HR.
I have personally worked with job seekers that work in a variety of fields and sectors. The most common ones are teachers that want to transition to other sectors, HR and Financial Services professionals. I had the opportunity to work with less common specialisms as well, such as a senior geophysicist or more technical ones such as a plumber and a number of coaches.
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