Over the years we have answered many a question about what coaching delivers and how it all works. Here are the top Frequently Asked Questions to help guide you in making the personal decision about how coaching can help propel your career journey from passion to purpose and pay.
Why do I need a career coach?
Trying to get a new job or make a career change can be time consuming and daunting. We help you stay on track with an action plan and by giving you real-time feedback about the market trends and your strategy. We give you the inside scoop about what the hiring managers are really thinking and open up your access to senior leadership across leading brands. As your coach we challenge you with constructive questions that help you deep dive into who you are and what you want:
- to be more true to yourself,
- to overcome your fears of change,
- to map out how your passion and purpose can turn into pay, and
- to break down the process to bring tangible results
How can I make a career change into the evolving impact / sustainability sector?
This sector is evolving and changing every minute. Keeping up with the terminology alone can be overwhelming – from creating shared value to social enterprise to impact investing to systems thinking and the circular economy. We will help you unpack the jobs market and find where you fit into it. We leverage our two recruitment partners (Acre and Weinreb Group) in the UK and the US, and our network of more than 4000 practitioners, we provide real-time market trends and hiring manager perspective.
Can you help me get an interview?
Many of our clients have applied to 100s of sustainability roles before seeking our services, but failed to get to the interview stage. The important first step is to get clear about your targeting. Our Dream Job Targeting exercise has been designed and tested to first understand your audience, what you are selling, and then align that to what they are buying. Otherwise you will look too generic and not convincing in your “story” as you compete against the other 100-300 applicants who do have the relevance and the focus.
How can I make a career change into a job where I can make a difference and have purpose?
Purpose, passion and potential are the three things we must get aligned. And then followed by ‘pay’! The sustainability agenda is rooted in the idea of making a difference while making profits. We help you to Aim Your Compass by mapping out your values and what you love doing so that you can be clear on the legacy you want to leave behind and determine what impact looks like for you.
Is it true that most jobs are now being placed through networking rather than jobs posted on the web?
The trend is going more and more towards roles being either hired from within organisations or requiring an internal advocate to walk your CV over to the hiring manager. We help you Step into the Market by creating a 30 second elevator pitch and platform for your personal brand that will give you the confidence to turn your friends and colleagues into your greatest champions on LinkedIn. So you can call it relationship building, networking or, simply making new friends. No matter what, you’ve got to get out there and we are here to support you in that somewhat overwhelming process.
I’m not good at selling myself. Can you help?
Not to worry, you are not alone! Most people struggle with having to put themselves out there and sell their skillset. We will break down the process together and make it more fun! We will guide you with challenging questions designed to help you gain clarity about your audience (so you can be relevant) and to know yourself (so you can be confident). We do this through unique CV achievement statements, your bio and the 30-second elevator pitch.
Can making the investment in coaching guarantee me a job?
We can’t take credit when our amazing clients land their dream jobs – it is all due to their efforts and value! We can, however, share with you the list of where our clients have positioned themselves – roles have ranged from impact investing to international development to corporate sustainability, amongst other tracks. Our program focuses on meeting specific coaching objectives that we agree at the outset of our work together such as:
- Understanding of your target (sustainability/CR/ID/impact) jobs market
- Clarity and focus of what roles/sectors you will target
- Confidence in articulating your top 5 skills
- Writing ‘skills-based accomplishment statements’ for CV
- Effectiveness of your CV & Cover Letter
- Ability to present your career story and personal brand verbally
Once you graduate it will be up to you to ‘get the job’ and apply the tools as you go out into the market with on-going support from us if needed.
Are there any clients that you haven’t been able to help?
We see all of our clients as having the potential to reinvent themselves and to tell a compelling personal story that is relevant to their audience. This is a facilitated process requiring the coachee to do a lot of groundwork between sessions and to be accountable for turning our tools into a tangible role.
How does the coaching work?
Most sessions are 1.5 hours in order to have momentum and create tangible results. Occasionally we will review your documents (using track changes in Microsoft Word) by email as well. There is 3-4 hours of homework between the sessions.
How much does it cost?
The 6-hour Jobseeker Coaching Package costs $1995. If your budget is tight or you just want to see if you click with us, you can do a 1.5 hour session for $570 or you can start with a 30 minute CV critique for $130.
Can I start off with just one session because my budget is tight?
90% of our clients who buy only Session I end up converting to the complete 6-hour package. If you want to start with the first session of the package, “Aim Your Compass”, we will honour the package discount if you decide to convert to add the other two sessions.
If just want to see if you click with us, you can start with a 30 minute CV critique for $130.
What if I don’t live nearby, how can we work together?
More than 60% of our coaching sessions are effectively conducted via Skype or telephone using shared screens, GoogleDocs and video.
How long does it take to complete the package?
The 6-hour Package is usually completed within 4-6 weeks, but it can vary and is driven by the coachee’s needs.
What if we don’t finish all of the tools during the hours allocated? What if I need more time and help?
Every client has unique needs and varied ways of working. Our coaching services are based on time so if you need more support you can buy more hours from within the client area. There is also an on-going option to have support as you apply for specific roles.
How do I sign up and what happens next?
- Go to the Coaching Shop page, select your session and click on ‘Buy Now’.
- Pay using PayPal via our secure checkout.
- Once payment has been processed you will receive a confirmation email which contains the details you will require to create a membership account.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to create your account and sign into the Client Area to download the tools and instructions for each session and book your first session with Shannon.
- Fill in the Initial Questionnaire the day before our first session.
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