Why Would I Ever Need a Career Coach?
Do you need a career coach? The answer may surprise you but it all depends on the individual and in most cases the answer is, “Yes.”
This is my personal journey. My name is Roger Lopez a Senior Manufacturing Operations Executive with an extensive and consistent record of improving product quality, customer service levels, profits and organizational efficiency across diverse industries with complex environment.
During the past 20 years I held the following executive positions:
- Director of Operations,
- General Manager of Operations,
- Vice President of Operations and
Thorough out my career I never worried about finding a job. As I journey in my career I held positions with progressive increase in responsibility without any interruptions in employment. I use to say to myself,
“With all of this experience and a formal education of B.A in Business Administration with Majors in Finance and Management and an MBA why would I or anyone else with these qualifications need an Executive Career Coach?”
Today’s job market is the most challenging I have seen in my entire career. The average executive could spend anywhere between 12 to 24 month in finding their next job. The competition is fierce with at least six qualified executives for every available position; executives in transition must make sure that they are exemplary in every aspect of a job search such as having an excellent:
- marketing plan,
- branding ,
- professional networking,
- interviewing and
- negotiation skills.
How does an executive ensure that his/her game plan is professionally tailored to stand out from the rest of the competition and significantly reduce the amount of time they are in transition? Hire a professional executive career coach. That is what I did.
Take a look at professional athletes; tennis players, boxers, and football and baseball players and so on. They all have professional coaches assisting them in being the best that they can be. Then why would it be any different for executives.
The reality is that there is no difference. Just like athletes I have a lot of confidence in my ability but I wanted to make sure that I was the best that I could be during my transition journey in order to make it a short one.
I hired Jeannette Kraar, President and CEO of Performance Management International, LLC. With Jeanette’s extensive practical experience in:
- corporate management,
- executive coaching,
- human research and
- training and development;
I am confident that my game plan is the best work that I can deliver and that I have done everything possible to distinguish myself from the competition in order to find the right next career opportunity/job.
(Editor’s Note: I’ve known Jeannette for several years and <a href=”http://www.careerjockey.org/breakthrough-book/”>reviewed her Breakthrough book</a> a few after launching Career Jockey. She introduced me to Roger which led to his submitting this post for publishing.)
I learned a few things from Jeannette such a creating marketing plan, initiating marketing meetings that translate to communication meetings and eventually into interviews. Jeannette has also been an excellent source to bounce my thoughts and ideas ideas about interviewing, role playing and the right way to approach different opportunities.
In conclusion it is without hesitation that I recommend that you hire a career coach if you have not done so already.
Roger is currently lookin’ and his article submission is greatly appreciated. You can learn more about him at http://www.linkedin.com/in/rogerlopez6028.