What Can Career Coaching Offer Me?
Depending on your goals and where you are in the process, you might work with any of the three critical factors of successful career management:
- ASSESSMENT: With state-of-the-art assessments, identify and create the language for demonstrating your value to the preferred organization
- MARKETING: Showcase your knowledge, skills and abilities in a way that captures the interest of employers and recruiters
- STRATEGY: Using your insights from specific career/leadership assessments, create a plan that is workable, effective and smart. will get you where you want to go – and get coaching support as you work that plan
Rita’s Specialty: Coaching for the 40+ Professional
Midlife career changes can be especially daunting. Fears of age discrimination often lead to discouragement and long-term unemployment. Rita has chosen to work with the midlife career changer and has developed a process that eliminates employer concerns about hiring an “older worker”. Rita’s workshops for the 40+ professional in transition are sought after, often resulting in waiting lists.
It’s not the date on your birth certificate that deters employers/hiring managers. It’s the Five Myths about the more experienced worker that do that. Those unconscious biases can be eliminated by modifying the search process: the resume, marketing plan, bio, networking, social media presence and interviewing process must be designed to break down those preconceived notions about hiring a more experienced, mid-life candidate. And this can be done with integrity. Our work together will be customized to focus on your specific needs. We will create a plan that allows you to:
- Identify the market trends working in your favor
- Establish effective methods for competing
- Create professional marketing materials: resume/bio/marketing plan
- Develop a customized social media strategy: LinkedIn/Twitter
- Prioritize you activities based on results – return on investment of time and energy
Building a strong resume, using recruiters and job sites effectively, networking on the NET, preparing for behavioral interviews, salary negotiation and marketing strategies are a few of the areas typically covered in career coaching sessions.
On-the-Job Career Coaching
People seek career coaching for two reasons: (1) they have experienced an unwanted job loss or (2) they are experiencing difficulties in their current jobs. For the latter, Rita has been successful in coaching clients in organizations who wish to create a better work environment by improving a work relationship with a coworker, supervisor or direct reports. With communication and leadership assessments, clients identify behavior modifications that result in greater cooperation and collaboration.
The “HOW” of Professional Coaching
Because clients are in locations throughout the world, coaching is provided by phone, email and screen sharing. A schedule of coaching calls, all addressing your agenda, provides an efficient and highly effective process.
In an informal phone conversation, the 20-minute Discovery Session, you have an opportunity to describe your career goals and what you would hope to gain from a professional coaching relationship. From the information you provide, Rita proposes a coaching process (with options) that addresses your objectives and includes costs. The proposal is sent to you by email. You then have an opportunity to review the proposal and (1) may accept it as proposed or (2) make suggestions for revisions or (3) may opt to delay or dismiss the coaching option. Your choice will be respected and honored. So, if you’re hesitant…take the leap… and spend 20 minutes checking it out.
Dr. Rita Carey, director of RCM Associates, is a Career Development Coach with extensive experience in Career Management. She has helped thousands of individuals find their preferred work and assisted them in navigating transitions with grace and ease. Her practice includes clients who want to improve opportunities in their current organizations, clients who are considering a career change and those who have experienced unwanted job loss. Rita specializes in working with professionals in their 40s, 50s and 60s who must not only show that they have the competencies needed for the job but who must also show that they are contemporary, still in the game, can handle a fast paced work environment and are adaptable. Rita has identified what she calls “Choice Points” in the job search process where the older candidate can subtly influence unconscious biases
Rita is a certified professional coach (The Coaches Institute, San Rafael, CA) and has researched and written extensively about the midlife career transition and its challenges for the more experienced professional. She has been described as warm, wise, generous and creative.
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