132. When coaching doesn’t work.

career advancement career change career planning job hunting May 02, 2022
The Job Hunting Podcast Episode 132

Engaging a career coach is considered by many professionals a difficult to make. They can't be sure of the results, and the investment is substantial, especially if you're between jobs and not earning a paycheck. It seems counterintuitive to spend money at the precise time when you need to be saving it.

For me, working with a coach was always a no-brainer. I knew what I didn't know, and I was hungry to advance faster in my career. At every opportunity, I signed up, enrolled, and paid for either professional development or career development throughout my corporate career.

Now, I am a coach. I've developed services and coaching programs that I believe are within reach of my target audience: professionals working in the corporate, public, or nonprofit sectors who want to advance in their careers with confidence and knowledge of how promotion and job hunting work. 

But working with a coach is not for everyone or every job search. If you’re contemplating signing up with a coach but are unsure if it will work for you, this episode may help you decide. 

11 reasons why you don’t need a coach:

In this episode, I will explain each of the reasons below in more detail, so you can decide if coaching will be beneficial for you or you can do without it.

  1. You know precisely what you want to do next in your career.

  2. You have done many successful job transitions in your career.

  3. You have a strong and supportive professional network.

  4. Your resume and overall job application are converting to job interviews for the jobs you want.

  5. You regularly update your resume, and it is ATS compliant.

  6. You’re comfortable on video and have experience in direct-to-camera video interviewing.

  7. You are happy where you are, job-wise and career-wise.

  8. You have a crisp pitch you’ve worked on and tested successfully.

  9. You had job interviews recently and landed jobs that were great for you.

  10. You consistently make it to the first and second stages of interviewing and believe it’s just a matter of time before you get an offer.

  11. You have been moving up in your career and achieving the goals you set out for yourself.

5 reasons why you need a coach, but it may not work for you. At least not yet:

And here are the reasons why you quite possibly need career coaching, but maybe there are other things you need to sort out first before engaging a coach:

  1. You have a very intense job and high responsibilities - including NDAs - and you may only be able to job hunt when you leave your current employment. 

  2.  You can't find the time: You are so busy you have no time to invest in your career.

  3. You are having personal problems that affect your ability to commit to coaching and job searching.

  4.  You may need other types of support mechanisms before engaging in career coaching.  

  5. You don’t like being coached.

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Are you new to The Job Hunting Podcast? 

Hello, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also an executive coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach corporate, non-profit, and public professionals the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are 1) an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, 2) looking to find your next job or promotion, or 3) you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you are ready, and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you. In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have developed a range of courses and services for professionals in career or job transition. And, of course, I also coach private clients. 

So there is no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.

Enjoy the episode, and ciao for now!


Renata Bernarde | Job Hunting Expert

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