This is how we all are, and how all of our work is–imperfect even as we strive for perfection.
When people ask, “what can a career coach do for me?” or “why would I hire a career coach?,” this photo is the illustration I use–everything might look great, but upon closer inspection, there’s probably room for improvement.
The career coach is the expert pair of eyes who catches the small imperfections, like:
“it’s 6:00 p.m.; your clock is set to 1:00,” or
you mean “and,” not “or,” or
you mean “completed,” not “complete.”
A career coach also helps you find the big mistakes, too. The number one problem I find is candidates who bury the lead and fail to mention the most important thing about their careers. Here are just a few examples:
- You’ve been accepted to Teach for America, but have failed to add that to your resume.
- You work in a “numbers” field like finance, but you’re great with words, too–employers need to know you have that unique combination of skills.
- And the same goes for a numbers guy who is seeking work in a “words” field, such as HR.
- You’re a co-founder in a start up, but fail to list it on your resume, which is packed with all the formal activities you’ve participated in for other organizations (yet your own organization is absent).
- You’ve taught a language, but present yourself as student of that language.
Before you send anything out, please make sure you have a second pair of eyes go over it–even if it’s just a friend or relative. If you need a professional to look over your generic resume, I will do that for $25.
Need to put together an application with a cover letter and resume that matches a specific job ad? That’s my $50 QuickCheck.
Just getting started? Let’s add a one-hour meeting for $100. See my services tab for a full list and links to detailed service packages.
Darcy Lear is a career coach specializing in job search documents, professional school applications, and interview preparation. For one-on-one support in preparing for your job search or to set up a campus workshop, contact Darcy: firstname.lastname@example.org