The price seems high the rewards, intangible; the value, great. So difficult to make that decision to hire a coach. Last night, I reviewed the statistics for a few of my recent job search coaching clients. Here’s what I found.
Client 1: Granted interviews with every company (10+) to whom he was introduced. Was told his resume was impressive and organized. Of seven options, it was he who declined to go forward with six companies, not the prospective employer. Once he decided on the two companies where he’d most like to work, received offers from both. Negotiations improved the offer of his choice.
Client 2. Targeted only one employer. They commented on his clear and well organized emails. Made it past a series of seven executive interviews and was told his answers and questions were the best of the lot because they could visualize his experience. He gave examples, not theory and was rewarded with an outstanding offer.
Client 3. Used his network to get to the hiring authority and bypassed all of HR and a flurry of candidates. His resume was handed to the hiring manager by a peer and the rest was history. He was subsequently redirected to HR because of company protocol, but HR only talked to him about senior positions spot-on to his credentials. He took the original job and is happy to be part of this large corporation. He is also happy he didn’t have to go through all the usual hoops he had faced in other large companies just to get the employer to see him as a director, not a manager.
Client 4. Knew he lost an opportunity because of interview style but had no idea what to fix. We worked on his process, he became more comfortable talking about his experience rather than theory, learned when to stop talking and nailed his next set of interviews. Offer pending.
Client 5. Works in a company where promotion to executive vice president could only happen if someone left the company. He worked long hours and was the darling of the executive suite but could not get any indication of how the company viewed his career. We discussed his options, prepared a cogent argument for his employer to revisit the promotion/create a job proposition which they declined. Client’s mindset now ready to leverage his incredible track record (highly visible, I might add) for a ‘C’ spot in a smaller company.
Client 6. Just needed the sounding board to improve his management style. Weekly sessions provided new techniques and insights. He is now in line for a promotion six months earlier than expected. He told me he couldn’t have done it without my support because I enlarged his thinking and gave him entirely new skills with which to solve problems and motivate his teams.
Client 7. Rejected my advice at almost every turn. He had no faith in referrals. He told me his friends didn’t use the techniques I suggested and they got jobs. He also refused to believe his network would provide introductions for new jobs or that using LinkedIn was of value. I fired him. Really, I returned his money. Three days ago (three months after I fired him) I received a thank you note and apology from him saying my advice worked exactly as I described and he has a new job thanks to a referral from someone his connections introduced him to.
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