Finding Life Coaching Jobs and opportunities that really fit your skills can be a challenge. On this page I provide tips and information that will give you the edge when applying for small to corporate contracted or in-house coaching positions. Your qualifications, experience, resume and how you present yourself make all the difference to your chances of being chosen.
You can find dozens of job finder websites online. However, finding a life coaching job that actually suits you or fits your skills, may require careful preparation and an understanding of the environment that you would be working in.
Obviously the prospective employer will inevitably want to know about you but you also need to make sure you know about them before you apply.
You need to be familiar with the culture, types of employees, their challenges and the required skill set they are after so you can present yourself well in your CV and at the interview.
So, well before you start applying do your research and get to know the life coaching job marketplace. Then you can aim for coaching jobs that appeal to you with credibility and the bests chance of winning employment!
Set your targets for getting a life coaching job appropriately. For example if you have only just completed an online course with no credible accreditation and you have little business experience, you will have little chance of winning a position of executive coach!
However, if you have experience in a management in a corporate environment or in a professional field, and know the issues and culture your chances of finding employment are pretty good..
Some of the biggest search engines in the world will provide a wide range of job opportunities to explore. Google or one of the other engines will display work in your area and Monster.com, Seek.com.au and Indeed.com are just a few of the big name search sites that you can rely on.
There are also other recruiters such as Manpower and Robert Half that are international and full of job opportunities
However, as I've already said, if you do a search for life coaching jobs, they may be few and far between and may have specific coach training or skill requirements..
For example opportunities in Agile Coaching are in good supply but require extra training in coaching concepts such as Scrum or Kanban. Likewise, plenty of search results will include disability services or job recruitment which may not really be what you were thinking of when you first became a life coach!
So where can you find life coaching jobs in your preferred niche? While online searches are useful, you will quite likely find that good old face to face networking, belonging to life coaching associations as well as in coaching-related groups or groups in your field of expertise, such as is available in LinkedIn, will provide you with the relationships that can lead to the best jobs.
I'd also suggest searching some of the common phrases that you may already know. These would include executive coach, sales coach, employee coaching and so on. There may be others that relate specifically to a sector you have previously worked in that are also worth a search.
Another useful tip is to search the big name companies or government organisations in your region. You may search job opportunities on the Apple, or Microsoft or Wallmart (for example) websites. Search for big companies in your chosen field so you can get an idea of the skills required and the job availability and salary.
There is no substitute for knowing the marketplace!
I know I'm repeating myself but in your CV, whether in print or online be sure to emphasise who you have worked with; the different cultures you have experienced and what you have done and achieved (even outside a business environment, such as hobbies). Make your profile personable and engaging, yet still professional.
Often employers will search sites like LinkedIn for suitable people to invite to apply for a position. So it's useful to set up a credible profile on these platforms.
Your previous career or personal background can have an important impact in being considered for a position so be sure to include it in your application.
For instance, if you have a background as a nurse, then you will have a head start over other coaches if you apply for a position in the health industries. It's the same if you have managerial experience in the corporate world and apply to coach managers.
As an example, a fellow coach secured a contract with a large Telco over lots of competition. Her 30 years experience as a Telco employee before she became a coach put her way ahead of competing coaches and secured her the job.
However, whether you have a relevant career background or not, your ability to articulate how you can help people, will make a considerable difference to your chances of success. So, if you are having trouble defining what your niche could be or just getting the words right to get your message across, please do visit Marketing From Within.
My colleague Cindy Schulson specialises in helping coaches and consultants identifying their niche and making their message effective. She has loads of free help, templates and coaching services available on the website.
How do you come across to a prospective employer on social media? Is it full of posts you would be happy to be read by a future employer?
How you present yourself on Facebook or Twitter can be critical as employers are becoming increasingly aware that the person who presents a good look in the interview may appear quite different in their social media activity. I have heard several sad stories about people about to get the job until the employer had a look at their Facebook page .
So - clean up your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Delete posts and comments that might not show you in a good light. If it is appropriate, share things about the work you love doing or your hobbies. Employers are not going to be keen if the 'you' that you present to your friends is unacceptable to their workplace culture.
At the same time, actively build up your personal and business related social media profiles so they are current and relevant. Add in any quality information about your goals, achievements and the kind of work you do..
You can prepare all you like, and have a whiz-bang resume, but if your social profiles don't match with your resume you could lose out.
If you want to be employed in a corporate coaching job with a large company, you are far more likely to be asked about your coach training and what credentials or certifications you hold. The HR department may need a measure of your professional credibility to justify employing you.
Even if you haven't yet been credentialed by an independent coaching association, it's useful to take out membership. This demonstrates to the people offering internal coaching jobs that you are a serious coaching professional.
I cover more about this subject on my page about the benefits of joining an independent Life Coaching Association. It includes a list of some of the associations you can join with a brief description of what they offer their members. The right association can also include a useful referral service if you meet their membership criteria.
These days online coaching or, as it is sometimes called, remote coaching is becoming as common as face to face coaching. And, with the use of platforms such as Zoom or Skype, the ability is there to be physically with the client, yet online .
Many employees of coaches will be quite happy for you to not be physically available to clients, so long as you can present yourself and your credentials as a coach in a way that shows you know your stuff and are able to do justice to remote life coaching jobs.
You may already have an idea about the type of business and industry you want to work with. If not, there are numerous possibilities depending on the skills you can bring to the business division you would be working within.
Here is a list of a few broad coaching areas for you to consider. Within each of these, you will discover there are several specialist niche options.
For coaches of all specialties who have a challenge marketing themselves, getting on the books of a company that promotes coaches and/or provides coaching services can be the easy solution.
The clients of these companies that hire life coaches may be businesses who want to get some coaching for their employees but do not have an internal resource to do this. They are basically working as recruiters.
Alternatively, some well established life and business coaches leverage their coaching services by including other coaches on their website as part of their team. While this isn't a "job" as such it certainly and provide you with a stable income.
You can find out more about the advantages of getting life coach and executive coach employment this way and the traps to avoid here.