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One-on-One Coaching

When working with individuals needing career direction, I use a three-part approach. Basically, I view the search for one’s life/work direction as a search for information. This information search takes one of the following three forms:

Gathering Information About One’s Self
Organizing information about skills, talents, interests and preferences is critical to one’s career success. In this stage, participants complete a series of information gathering exercises to help create a model of their ideal environment. The completed information will allow one to answer the questions who, what, when ,where, how and why as they apply to work. In this process we will also ask the question: “What do I want to do with my life overall, and how does work compliment my larger life goals?” Participants complete the information between the sessions and the information is reviewed and discussed during the session.

Gathering Information About Potential Work Environments
At the end of the second stage, we have a paper model of potential work environments. In this stage, we test out the model. This is done in two ways. Participants are given the names of some general sources of career exploration (Dictionary of Occupational Titles, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Encyclopedia of Associations, etc.) and taught how to use those resources. They are also taught how to talk to people working in their potential areas of interest. The purpose of gathering the information is to determine how close the fantasy of an environment matches the reality of working in that environment. The goal is to identify an environment in which the individual could make a contribution and feel successful.

Marketing One’s Skills
Once an area of interest has been identified, the participant is taught the various approaches to use in finding a job. Traditional and non-traditional methods are explained along with the success rate of each approach. As needed, written correspondence (proposals, resumes, cover letters, etc.) are developed and their effectiveness explained. In this step, interviewing and negotiating are explained. Where appropriate, role-playing is used. The individual is then monitored as they pursue employment.

On average, clients need between ten and fifteen hours with me spread over three to four months.

2 Comments to “One-on-One Coaching”

  1. Hi Michael,
    I am a travel consultant, and I came to you maybe 6 or 7 years ago because I was thinking about changing offices and I needed a push and some strategies. For the last 5 years I have been working remotely for a company based in Raleigh NC and it has been very rewarding personally and financially. However, it is 24/7, basically just me, and I am approaching 68 yrs and I would like to cut back. I need help in figuring out how I might do this. I have spent over 25 yrs building a client list, and I hate to throw it away. I could stop taking new people, but many of them are my best clients. I have various ideas, but then I can always think of why they won’t work. I see meeting with you for a session or 2. Not sure if this is the type of thing you are doing.
    Best regards, Louise

    • HI Louise,
      Nice to hear from you.
      I’d be happy to meet with you.
      I can be reached at 443-286-2488.
      be well,
      Michael

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