How to Find a Career Coach


You’ve been stuck in a rut at work and now you are ready to move on with the help of a career coach. So how do you find an expert?

Tip 1: ASK FOR REFERRALS

Begin your search by asking people in your network for references. Word-of-mouth is a good starting point, as no licensing agency exists for career coaches. Just remember that a particular coach’s personality may work well for your colleague, friend or neighbor, but leave you cold. Chemistry is personal.

Tip 2:  DECIDE ON THE INDUSTRY

A RN career coach or nurse coach is best-equipped to understand the opportunities available to nurses if you want to continue working in the field. Get a referral from your state chapter of the ANA or do an Internet search. If you want to switch careers, consider looking for an expert in that industry.

Tip 3: CHECK CREDENTIALS 

Coaching is not regulated and certifications are not guarantees. That means you will have to do some homework to find the right coach. Check out their websites and LinkedIn information. Do some Internet sleuthing to see what you can find, from published books and articles to blogs and testimonials.  Develop a list of potential coaches and jot down questions for them.

Tip 4: SEEK COACHING BY PHONE

Face-to-face meetings are not necessary. Most coaching is done by phone, which provides you with more options to choose a coach from anywhere. Avoid coaches who won’t offer an initial free consultation.

Tip 5: INTERVIEW TOP CONTENDERS

The only way to know if you will connect with a prospective coach is to talk to him or her. Call the coaches you are thinking about hiring. Ask about the coach’s own career path and expertise. Get information about fees, as rates vary widely per hour. Some coaches require a minimum number of hours or months. Ask to talk to some clients.

It’s your career. Invest the time needed to find the right coach to help propel it.



Robin Farmer is a freelance writer focusing on health, education and business to engage, educate and empower readers. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, but you can visit her at RobinFarmerWrites.com.