"I quickly learned I needed to become more strategic vs. tactical in my activities, how my current and future roles led to solutions that positively affected revenue or efficiencies, how to navigate and understand the political underworld of the executive suite and how to approach a job search and interview for an executive position," says Saunders.
This clarity can help uncover what truly motivates you. It could also help you uncover a career path you hadn't considered previously. "Know what things motivate you, and always keep them in mind. For example, it's easy to take a people management role because it's "the next logical step," but you have to make sure that it's also a good fit for you. People management doesn't have to be the only path to success," says Grasham.
The right amount of confidence can help you to stand out when interviewing for a new role. "Knowing what you've done - knowing what you've really delivered - makes the interview process a different thing. Being able to clearly articulate one's achievements, one's real value, immediately sets a job seeker apart," says Auron.
3. Achieving Goals Faster and More Consistently
"The one common benefit I see is that IT professionals who work with a coach achieve their goals and objectives more quickly and more frequently than those who don't. I've seen people improve how they manage their teams, engage with peers, partner with customers, manage up, drive innovation and change, manage complex projects, influence colleagues, communicate, relax and handle stress, work life balance, their relationships with their kids and significant others, and on and on and on," says Kantor.
Another big difference between a mentor and a career coach is that mentors work within the same company you do, and will provide input to your manager and/or HR organization related to your career development. "Coaching agreements, on the other hand, expressly create a "cone of silence" and assure you of complete confidentiality between yourself and your coach," says Kantor. Auron agrees, "Career confidentiality is absolutely critical for coaches and resume writers - I take protecting that confidentiality very seriously - and don't generally give references for that reason. The wrong word - that a given person is looking for a job - can have serious consequences."
5. Access to New Tools and Techniques to Enhance Job Performance
It's hard to improve your skills if you don't know where you stand to begin with. A career coach should work with you to uncover your strengths and weaknesses and help you build a plan to bridge the skills gap, as well as, exploit your strengths.
6. An Accountability Partner
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