The Coaching Process
If you are the parent and want to discuss how I can help your ‘child’ then please give me a call for a free chat. After that, I will always ask that you call me directly to see if you like the sound of me and like the sound of what I do.
And to get the ball rolling, I will send over a preliminary coaching questionnaire which needs to be completed before the first session. This asks basic questions such as: what are you most proud of, what are you struggling with and what are your goals. I use this to give me a fuller picture of the type of person you are and to help me understand your strengths. This information can be used later when considering job titles or when answering (competency) questions in applications.
Based on my experience, it is common to have 3 or 4 sessions at the outset. It is best to have the first session face to face or on zoom and the second a week or 2 later to keep up the momentum. You can then choose when to be accountable to me and at what intervals to have the next sessions- these might be a month or so down the line when you have a job application to do or an interview to prepare for.
I charge different rates for my services. This can be discussed on the first phone call. If you or they need to cancel I only charge if this is done on the day of the session otherwise I will not charge.
The first and second sessions normally comprise the following:
- a run-through of the preliminary coaching questionnaire to clarify thoughts and confirm priorities;
- drawing a timeline of the year ahead with ideal start dates for jobs, courses, vacation schemes and even travel plans;
- a discussion about skills and interests.
(This session is 90 minutes as there’s always a lot to discuss!)
- a review of your CV with suggestions on formatting, creating a personal profile, adding detail and filling in gaps;
- top tips for creating your best cover letter so that you have this as a template to amend going forwards;
- a discussion about how to fact-find about your preferred industries, potential jobs and the ideal companies to work for.
The focus of the folllowing sessions depends on your needs and can comprise some or all of the following:
A review of your Linkedin profile
Making sure that:
- the crucial sections are completed and you’re marked as ‘Open to Work’;
- you showcase yourself in the best light to recruitment agencies, HR departments, your contacts and mutual connections worldwide;
- you understand LinkedIN etiquette so that you can use the networking platform to your utmost advantage.
A plan of your next steps
Each session involves
- reviewing the actions just taken and reminding you of your aspirations;
- challenging your thoughts to ensure your decisions accord with your long term plans (goals can be adjusted and timelines updated);
- if necessary, more practical help with how to widen your job search or make your cv more relevant or with keeping up motivation and confidence.
Structuring your job search
Making your job search more specific to you by:
- narrowing down the industries of interest and filtering your search;
- widening your knowledge of the roles that exist within them;
- identifying suitable job titles to search for on company and recruitment agency websites and setting up appropriate notifications;
- being pro-active rather than reactive in your job search.
A bit of life coaching?
- If you’re struggling, we can explore what makes you happy and what’s holding you back;
- By talking through other possibilities, roles to research and courses to be taken, we can relieve the pressure, broaden your horizons and brighten your future;
- Considering other options and adding them to your timeline can give your future structure and help make you feel more secure.
Learning about your interview techniques
Whether it’s face to face or virtual, in a group or 121, you can never be over prepared for an interview! Preparation can include:
- researching the company’s website, its competitiors and Googling it;
- a mock interview including structuring and verbalising your answers; how to handle competency questions and knowing which are the key messages to get across;
- how to nail your presentation on your own or in a group.