There is sound job search advice on the web and there are support groups to join and get out with other seekers for advice and peer encouragement. These are extremely valuable to the search process.
However, the average person has a serious flaw that keeps them from getting a good job in minimum time. It is our natural tendency to procrastinate and waste precious time when there is no one holding us accountable for that squandered time and lack of results.
We are out of harness when we lose or quit a job. A horse out of harness is good only to look at. No work gets done.
Seekers are encouraged to find an accountability partner to help them stay on track. Some form small groups to meet routinely to review everyone’s progress. However, these groups seldom have a structure that holds members accountable for keeping a member on task. There are no meaningful consequences for failure to perform.
Personal friends or spouses are typically not equipped to force a work plan and hold the seeker to it on a routine basis.
Coaches, in all fields, are in the business to help the coached person do things they cannot, or will not, do on their own. Athletic coaches are worth their weight in gold if they can rally a team of raw talent to a National Championship or a Super Bowl.
Career coaching has been around for awhile. However, it is seldom utilized for various reasons. One reason is arrogance of the seeker. They think they can do it alone. Another factor is unfamiliarity with what career coaches do and what effect they would have on a job search. The third factor is a resistance to spend money on professional help when out of a job.
Each of these obstacles can be overcome. If the seeker is educated on how little skill they have in running an effective search campaign, their self confidence will be put into proper perspective. Then, they can be brought into contact with career coaches to see which ones they would feel comfortable in entrusting their job search future. The last obstacle will need some research into coaching fees in the area and what the return will be in job search performance, job possibilities or insider connections obtained.
There are a wide range of coaches and search methodologies available. Therefore, selecting the right one for your needs can be difficult. Richard Bolles, in his 2018 edition of “What Color Is Your Parachute?,” has an extensive section on how to choose a career counselor or career coach. He cautions job seekers to do their research before choosing a career coach because there are too many scams at play and this field is unregulated. Anyone can hang up a shingle and put a bunch of letters behind their name to sound impressive, but lack the experience and skill to effectively coach a career changer or job seeker. Bolles recommends that personal references be checked before investing in a coach or counselor.
But, the fact remains that job search requires a learned skill that is not acquired in most academic institutions. And, workers are changing jobs and careers more often these days, for different reasons. So, it behooves a seeker to get professional help in navigating the troubled waters of unemployment and learn the skill of staying on the board when the waves get too choppy. Once learned, the skill can become your long term job-security blanket.