This page helps you have the edge when applying for Life Coaching Jobs and Opportunities. Your qualifications, experience, resume and how you present yourself make all the difference, when you apply to be an in-house coach.
Where appropriate, be sure to emphasise in your CV/Resume who you have worked with; the different cultures you have experienced and what you have done and achieved (even outside a business environment) that might give you an edge in life coaching job openings.
As an example, a fellow coach recently secured a contract with a large Telco. Her 30 years experience working for that Telco before she became a coach put her way ahead of competing coaches and secured her the life coaching job.
Include in your profile, whether in print or online, 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 person 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 important to set up a credible profile on these platforms.
Did you realise that your previous career or personal background could have an important impact in being considered for a position?
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.
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. 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?
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.
You can prepare all you like, and have a whiz-bang resume, but if your social profile doesn't match with your resume, it could tell against even the best interview.
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 your Certification as a Life Coach because 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. Read more about Workplace Coaching, how it works and where to find those jobs.
I cover more about this on my page about the benefits of joining a 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. It can include a useful referral service if you meet their membership criteria.
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 what other 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 answer.
The clients of these companies 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 "ob" as such it certainly and provide you with a stable income.
You can find out more about getting life coach and executive coach employment this way and the traps to avoid here.
If you like independence, choosing your own hours and clients, then operating as an independent coach in your own practice can work for you. The downside is that, if it is to be your primary source of income, it can take a while to get know and get sufficient clients to support your lifestyle.
And if you don't have a lot of money to spare and security is something you value, it is wise not to just "jump ship" from your full-time paying job. It's safer to gradually start coaching clients, maybe working part-time
Here are some of the things you need to know about Starting a Life Coaching Business where you are responsible for finding clients and also some ideas for setting up your life coaching office so it is a pleasant and efficient space to work from.
These easy marketing ideas are also worth a look to see what could work for you.