Best Practice: Go Beyond the Process
Outplacement firms have a process or system to job search. These rules and parameters give form to the search. Early on the focus is on the communication and marketing plan, interviewing and networking skills. Plan the work and work the plan. Initially the career coach assumes a role as productivity monitor, but as the search goes on, the coach becomes a trusted advisor. Be prepared to offer the support the client needs.

Contributed by Donna Moniot, Hudson Institute Coach, CDF

Best Practice: Understand Online Social Networking
Be familiar with all forms of social networking, including LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and others. Clients should have options to discuss the pros and cons of using different sites to assist them in the job search, and the coach should be able to work them through the pros and cons. Take advantage of the numerous webinars to learn how to effectively use social networking to enhance the effectiveness of a job search.

Contributed by Donna Moniot, Hudson Institute Coach, CDF

Best Practice: Stay Up to Date on Employment Trends
Check the Bureau of Labor Statistics from time to time to understand what sectors are hiring. If your client wants to retrain, encourage them to research the sector and spend time conducting informational interviews with people in that field. Let them know that there is some lead time involved and that, realistically, the transition can be a year or two down the road.

Contributed by Donna Moniot, Hudson Institute Coach, CDF

Best Practice: Understand that It’s a Family Affair
Check with your client to determine if they would like you to meet with their spouse. Oftentimes the spouse is not quite clear about what their loved on is doing in this new fulltime job that does not pay anything. Understand how the coach can support the spouse while the spouse is supporting their loved one. Taking the dog to the vet, retiling the bathroom, and painting the garage are not part of an effective search.

Contributed by Donna Moniot, Hudson Institute Coach, CDF

Best Practice: Build Executive Presence
Introduce executive presence early on in the job search process. Discuss how perceptions are formed. Perception about a candidate is formed when the phone interviewer hears a voice for the first time or when your client appears in the doorway of the hiring manager to be interviewed. Have materials on hand to share with your clients and coach them through their presentation style.

Contributed by Donna Moniot, Hudson Institute Coach, CDF

Best Practice: Be a Chief Listening Officer (CLO)
As a career coach, one of the most important aspects of the job is the coach part. Be a CLO to your clients. Career coaches need to know that clients need to be heard. This is about massive change. Be aware of stages of change so clients can be coached through the process. One important question early in the coaching relationship is to ask, “How long can you stay in a search financially, and how long can you stay in a search psychologically?”

Contributed by Donna Moniot, Hudson Institute Coach, CDF

Best Practice: Set a Positive Example of Professional Networking
Know what networking is and is not. It is a relationship between two people or among like-minded groups. The purpose of networking is to give and receive information. Many clients feel awkward about contacting colleagues that they have not been in touch with for a while. The majority of people out there like to reconnect, and we see this in the popularity of social networking. When meeting with a networking contact encourage them to share information. Ask yourself before a meeting, what I can bring to the table that would be of value to this person, and what do I want to learn?

Contributed by Donna Moniot, Hudson Institute Coach, CDF

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