Work takes up a large chunk of life. Whether you are a teen choosing your career or are an old hand, invest in coaching to make the right choice.
“With Jenny’s help, I have managed what seemed impossible. Not only have I found a new job but also a complete career change! Jenny helped me establish exactly why I was unhappy in my previous job, what kind of work would suit me best and gave me all the confidence I needed to do my best at an interview when I felt very low emotionally. She was utmost professional, understanding, flexible, efficient and prepared at all times. I highly recommend Jenny’s coaching to anybody who wants to achieve success.” Oksana D, Cambridgeshire.
Recruiters require an answer to arguably just three questions. Can you do the job? Will you do the job? Are you the right fit? The core of every question posed during hiring is a variation on strengths, motivation and fit. Without cultural synergy between you and the company, one of three things will occur; you will be obliged to change, you will resign, or you will be managed out of the business.
Whilst many clients like a combination of both life and career coaching, others like to focus purely on their career or personal development within the workplace. Career and work coaching gives you the opportunity to know and understand your strengths, motivation and fit; decide what the next step is for you, and be able to communicate who you are and what you bring to employers.
Outcomes from career coaching and will be recorded and a list of non-negotiables for the right job will be developed. From this, you are able to pursue ‘fit’ openings. If requested, the coaching sessions will culminate in a tailored CV for use in your first choice job and a session on interview techniques.
Used worldwide by companies including Facebook, Gallup’s Clifton Strengthsfinder is a tool which empowers you in strengths development. Gallup has found that people who know their talents and use them at work are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and report having a three times better quality of life. The unique strengths report will form the basis of these coaching sessions.
Building on strengths knowledge, clients look at which activities and responsibilities they find personally satisfying. We look at the motivation behind what you do well and in juxtaposition, we uncover what drains you and why.
A 2013 international survey by Cubiks found that more than four out of five employers (82%) consider cultural fit to be important and 59% had turned down a candidate based on a lack of fit. Career coaching will uncover what is important to you and in which environments you will thrive so you can identify what is and what is not a cultural fit.
A regular part of career coaching involves interview techniques. Productive feedback is given on improving answers, physical appearance and body language. Following an interview technique coaching session and actual job interview, clients have reported increased control and confidence, not least when it came to answering challenging questions.
CV and cover letters
Companies need to know they have confidence in the person they are hiring. A CV and cover letter will be jointly developed that demonstrates your USP, articulates your skills, competencies, motivations, value-added and cultural fit.
“I greatly appreciated the time and effort that Jenny gave me. She showed great professionalism, warmth and a good sense of humour directed at helping me to better understand my own gifting and strengths for the purpose of helping me to find the best career fit. It felt great having someone listen to my hopes, dreams and fears and give wise counsel from a perspective I had never considered. She helped me dream bigger than I ever imagined and gave me more confidence to step out and try. As a mission partner working overseas, her own background and experience meant she could understand what I was talking about! Thanks a lot, Jenny!“ David Craig, Uganda.
Some clients prefer to focus on career coaching but you can opt to have a combination of both career and life coaching.
To find out more about the different methods Jenny Butter at Epiphany Life Coaching offers, as well as the frequency and duration, look at coaching session information.
To have a chat about how career coaching can help you, contact Epiphany.