What Is A Career Coach?

When you hire a career coach, you’re making a big investment -- you’re partnering with a person who will support and guide you as you move through a significant transition. Together, you and your coach will help you connect with who you are on a deeper level, determine where you’re going, and tap into the support you need (and likely already have) to make it happen.

As a career coach, I help you figure out the best work for you in the context of your life. We determine whether you want to pursue a job, a career, or your calling, and then get after it.

I help you see what’s possible. You may find yourself looking for a career coach because you’re in one of two situations:

  1. You know exactly what you want to do and are having a tough time getting there.
  2. You don’t know where you want to be (yet), but you know you can no longer stay where you are!

I help you conceive, build and plan the career and life you want to have.

Your Career In the Context of Your Life

Importantly, I help you recognize that your career is one of ten key areas of your life. A big one, but just one. Finance is another, and since career often leads to financial security or not, let’s say they account for two-tenths, or 20% of your life. I make sure that we find the work you want to do, the way you want to do it, realizing that there are many other components of your life that we need to make room for.

There’s a reason I am a career and life coach. Just focusing on your career without respecting the other needs of your life will leave you...unbalanced. Maybe you feel unbalanced already and that’s why you’re on this page? I use a tool called the Whole Life Model to consider and evaluate ten areas of your life, and we evaluate your career in the context of your life. If you’d like to learn more about the Whole Life Model, scroll down and sign up for my newsletter; I’ll send you a chapter 2 of my book, Personal (R)evolution, which details the Whole Life Model, when you sign up.

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How Do You Coach, Allison?

There are lots of career coaches out there. Perhaps you found me through a Google search and are vetting the options. Perhaps a former client enthusiastically recommended me and you’re doing your homework.

I have 15 years experience offering coaching services. I have helped thousands of people leave their jobs and find better work. I help people find meaningful work, and while cognizant of my clients’ financial goals (which we hit and often exceed), I also take into consideration workplace values, the type of contribution they want to make, and other soft qualities that are important to my clients. For more about me, click here, and for more about my coaching process, click here.

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Will You Redo My Resume and LinkedIn Page?

I will not redo your resume and LinkedIn page. But I’ll help you do it. We’ll connect on LinkedIn so that you can see who I know and who you might want to meet. I’m a strategic partner, not an implementer, so while I”m happy to review every last cover letter you want to send; you’ll need to write your own cover letters.

Similarly, there are lots of folks who write resumes for a living -- resume writing is it’s own craft. I can recommend resume writers to you, but I am not one. As for LinkedIn, I’ve received lots of training on the platform and am happy to guide you, but I’m not going to edit your profile or take your picture. There are people with that skill set, I am not one of them.

Your Career and Your Network

90% of my clients find their next job through their network. As a result, I’m a fan of networking, as in the old-fashioned meet-for-coffee and connect-with-people networking. Social media, sure, but nothing beats meeting in the flesh, having a hug, buying lunch for a beloved colleague you haven’t seen in a while.

Two out of nine chapters in my book are about networking -- I focus on it because it works. And I do believe I’m able to get blood from a stone on this one; I have clients who HATE networking, and yet I’ve helped them navigate to that old buddy from 7th grade, that leads to coffee or a beer, and yes, a job referral.

It’s amazing how easy it is to ask for support from the people that know you and love you when you reframe the ask. We’ll talk more about reframing when we meet.

I don’t like annoying people, I don’t like spam and I don’t like aggressive inauthentic sales methods. I like helping you ask for help from the people who want to help you. That’s easy, graceful, fun -- and those connections are what makes life magical. Let me help you strengthen them.

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What’s The Difference Between A Career Coach, A Career Counselor and a Recruiter?

Good question. They are very different roles and often they are blurred together.

Let’s start with a recruiter. A recruiter works for a recruiting firm, or for a larger company. They are hired by and paid for by your prospective employer. The recruiter’s goal is to help the company find a candidate that fits their needs. They may be looking for a CEO, an administrative assistant or an IT specialist.

A recruiter do not work for you. You don’t pay their bills. They work for the company, and their goal is to find an employee that is a good fit for the company that has hired them. I have had many clients who think that recruiters are coaches, and wonder why the recruiter doesn’t want to listen as they tell their employment story. The recruiter isn’t a therapist or a coach; they’re  trying to find a match for the employer, then broker that match. They can be a great partner on your search, but ultimately, they do not work for you.

A career counselor will often give you skills-based assessments to figure out what you are good at so that they can point you in the direction of a career. They work with you to help you identify what your assets are, and what assets you can build, so that you can find employment. This work is practical, and ultimately fruitful.

I will often work with my clients to find recruiters that can help them in their search, as well as experts that can help them build their resumes and LinkedIn profiles. For more on what I do, specifically, as a career coach, read on.

As a Career Coach, I Help My Clients Make a Meaningful Contribution With the Work They Do

I help my clients determine the kind of work that would be satisfying... professionally satisfying, personally satisfying, financially satisfying. We go beyond skill-matching into “meaningful contribution” matching; what kind of work turns you on, stirs your soul and helps you earn a living? And if you don’t have the skills you need to do the work you want to do, how can you gain those skills?

In the middle of an intro session, clients will often say, “You know, what I REALLY want to do is...” or “If it was up to me I’d…”, or , “You want to know the dream? The dream is…”

Those are the moments I drive toward in the session. When you share this -- with me and more importantly with yourself --  we’ve hit gold. Now we know the thing you REALLY want and we can go for it. This is the ultimate tell, the ultimate authentic moment.

Sometimes you surprise yourself with what you say. I listen for this moment -- and no matter how quickly it’s said or how quickly it’s covered up with “but that’s not realistic”, or “but that’s not gonna happen” or whatever level of “but, but, but” comes spilling out afterwards -- I’ve found my gold. And you’ve reclaimed your professional North Star.

My goal is to put a small dent in the matrix of humanity -- level up the game of the people who seek me out, and as a result, improve the lives of everyone they touch. I help those who seek my services find a way to connect with their work in a gratifying, powerful way.

We are not the 99% of people who go to work, count the hours ‘til quitting time and live for vacations and weekends. Perhaps you’re there now, but my goal is to help you transition to the other side, people who find great meaning and satisfaction from the work they do.

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I Help You Recalibrate Your Compass and Find Your North Star

I work best with high achievers; people who are used to succeeding. Perhaps you sat first seat in the clarinet section in your high school orchestra, or lead scorer on your soccer team. You’ve pursued achievement, tasted success, and you know what it’s like to be in the flow. (And I have yet to find a client who hasn’t achieved something at some time. We were all that 7-year-old who could dance in the living room for hours, climb the tree for hours, draw or read for hours...we all have it. I’ll help you dig for and reclaim it.)

But something is off right now -- you’ve felt “on” before so you know what “off” feels like. And you don’t like it. You may be wondering if this is the new you -- perhaps you’ve felt off for a year, five years, ten years, and have accepted this as the new you.

Oh hell no! That isn’t how this story goes.

I got you. We’re going to pull from your files, your long history of, well, being you. We’re going to recalibrate your internal compass (sleeping, eating, exercise will be part of it) and help you get back to your best self again. Once we reset your system, your compass will start working again, with the new data of who you are today. You’ll set goals, pursue, achieve. You will use your newly recalibrated compass, to move toward your destination.

Six Types of Career Coaching Clients: Are You One?

My career coaching clients tend to fall into six types (and yes, often these buckets merge):

  1. #adulting. Recent college grad, maybe with a couple of years of work experience wondering -- is this it? Is this what the rest of my life is going to be? Because if so, I need to make a change.
  2. Big. Life. Change. You just got married. Or had a child. Or you became a stepparent. Something big happened in your life and you’re calling into question your career choices -- the career that’s worked until this point is no longer working.
  3. Didn’t See That Coming. You were fired at 40, 50 or 60. Life was going well and you didn’t see this coming. And since you are at the peak of my career (Editor in Chief, CEO, Finance Executive), you are not sure where to go from here.
  4. Ready to Retire (I think). Retirement is 1 to 5 years away and you want to make my plan. You and your partner may not be on the same page, and in fact you’re not sure what page you’re on. You have plenty of money or you’ll need to earn a bit more, you’re in good health, you have some goals but you’re not sure what life after work looks like. Help!
  5. I’m Fifty And...This Isn’t What I Wanted. If ‘50 is the new 40’, at 50 you’ve still got one-third of your career left. You don’t like the one you have, but you’re not sure where to go. And with kids, college...gosh, there are a lot of financial pressures. How do you make a pivot at this point in life? Or maybe it’s more like a 180? I’ve got your back. You’re in good company; let’s do this.
  6. Small Business Mission and Vision Alignment. I work with Executive Teams of small businesses to create alignment so that the business can move forward more efficiently. Let’s get clear, together, on who she is now and who we want her to become.

Here’s What My Career Coach Clients Have To Say About Working With Me:

Michelle

Her mission is to effectuate positive changes, and that’s just what she does. Also, she’s results driven. I am now taking positive steps forward. I have clear direction with my business, and am making money as a consultant. I would NEVER have made these changes without the insights I learned with Allison!

Chana

She helped me see that I can achieve anything I put my mind to, in my career and personal life. She helped me plan goals and motivated me towards my achievement.

Tracey

I was in a rough place, stuck in a job I hated and very unhappy in my life. Allison helped me navigate toward a new job in my field, doing what I love. She lifted me up when I needed support and pushed me when I needed it. I can honestly say I am happy with where I am in my life now and enjoy everything I do!!

Sarah

I allowed myself to "follow my dream" of building a career in travel and let go of my ego that said it wasn't an "appropriate" career for me. I'm actually doing very well so far and living THE life.

Sam

With Allison's guidance over 4 sessions, I nailed down what I really wanted in my career, put together a plan to get there, put that plan into action, and adjusted my tactics based on the results I was getting. Allison can't do the hard work for you - that part's up to you - but she's an expert at guiding you to get where you want to go.

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