One-on-One Career Coaching Changes Everything
Job searches are no easy task. Whether the individual is relocating or was downsized, they may not know where to begin. One-on-one coaching can change that and provide job search assistance.
The Harvard Business Review recently released this daily stat: the odds of obtaining employment are 2.67 times higher for job seekers who use a job search program, as noted in “The Effectiveness of Job Search Interventions: A Meta-Analytic Review.”
Multiple factors drive a job search, including the person’s ability to network, prepare a résumé, and succeed in an interview. The article states that people learn proper job search strategies quicker when they work directly with a coach, consultant, or trainer.
Career coaching is the differentiator when it comes to job search assistance.
“We pair individuals with the right coach for them based on a number of things, including location, industry, and desired outcome,” says Ed Chaffin, President of IMPACT Group. “Our coaches are the best in the industry.” In fact, IMPACT Group’s coaches delivered more than 82,000 coaching hours to transitioning participants last year. That means our participants land positions in less than half the time versus the Department of Labor national average.
Dan Coffey, Executive Outplacement Coach at IMPACT Group, comments, “Our coaching tips make the job search process go faster. Combine technology that identifies job leads and hiring managers, locates target companies, and researches company information, and they are positioned for success.” During a time that can leave job seekers unfocused, discouraged, or even hopeless, personalized support makes a significant difference.
Similar to outplacement, relocations can be a chaotic time for job seekers. “There are so many unknowns during a relocation,” says Lynn Wagner, Client Relationship Executive at IMPACT Group. “The job seeker is starting from scratch in the new area. It’s likely they do not have knowledge of the new market. They do not have a network. And they do not know which companies to target.” These uncertainties, coupled with the stress of physically moving their home and family, often leave individuals unsure of how to start their job search. “Career coaches help them sort through all the information and determine the first steps in their search.”
Job search assistance and motivation is the magic combination.
The most successful job search programs emphasize job search skills and encourage on-going motivation. “It is invaluable when an individual can apply the information they have learned and receive feedback on their style and approach from a dedicated coach,” says Lauren Herring, CEO of IMPACT Group. “That coach becomes a source of motivation and accountability through the job search process. We help them ride the ups and downs of searching for employment.”
In one case, Dan Coffey provided one-on-one coaching for a senior executive who earned a high salary in a limited industry, and had never looked for a job before. He was disgruntled with his former company and skeptical about the job search program.
“We created a detailed outline that included a timetable of steps. Together, we used this plan to find him a new position,” says Dan. Step-by-step, they prepared his résumé and his LinkedIn profile. “His job search was estimated to take 20 months due to his salary. He landed a new position in four months.”
This success isn’t just a win for the job seeker – it’s a win for the company, as well.
“Corporations are affected in several ways when they offer an outplacement job search assistance program for their departed employee,” says Ed. “The employee will have a more positive experience after suffering from a loss and it can play a role in mitigating risks.”
The disgruntled employee mentioned above? He was ready to sue his company when Dan first spoke with him. The outplacement support he received changed his mind. “Clients who commit to providing personalized support for their departing employees are not only supporting their colleagues but also protecting their hard-earned brand,” Lauren comments.