12 keys to choosing the best career coach for you

Making the decision to improve your professional life through career coaching is only the first step. The big question now is, how do you choose the right career coach for you? You do not need to worry about this: OrientaEuro’s director will do the matching for you from among its 30 career coaches, based on a pre-questionnaire which you fill-in.
But, if you have no other choice than to tackle this decision by yourself, here are a few things to keep in mind and help you with your decision.

Do you really have to meet every criterion when you apply for a job?

It’s a question we’re often asked at OrientaEuro and unfortunately, it’s usually taken for granted that the answer is yes. Therefore, many people sabotage their own job searches because they don’t meet every single one of the necessary criteria.

When applying for jobs, it’s important to understand that when companies outline the must-have’s and essential skills necessary for a role, they already know that they probably won’t find a candidate who ticks every box perfectly. However, that doesn’t mean they can leave out characteristics they’re specifically looking for just because they don’t know who’s going to apply. Therefore, what we suggest is that you look at what is really critical to the job and company you’re applying for. If it’s never going to work out as you have weaknesses where they have a critical need for strengths, then don’t waste either their time or your own time applying. However, if the vast majority of the required skills match up with your own talents and passions, then it’s worth your time and effort to apply. In which case, you should highlight and draw attention to the skills you do have which match with their explicit requests, as well as additional skills that aren’t explicitly requested, but that you feel would be useful in the role or beneficial to the company.

That being said, don’t draw attention to your shortcomings. There’s no need to say, “I know I don’t have this experience, but I thought I’d apply anyway because…” – whoever receives your CV will be aware of the criteria you meet and which ones you don’t. In your application, you should focus on the talents and passions they could benefit from working with you. Period.

With that in mind, knowing yourself well and having a realistic and confident belief in your strengths will make applying for any job much easier and more effective.

With OrientaEuro’s Personalised Career Coaching, you have the support of a dedicated coach to help you focus on the strengths you do have and what really matters to you, so you can find a job not just to pay the bills but to enjoy a high level of professional well-being. Learn more >>

Coaching – the key to success in changing your career path

The world of work has changed significantly. Spending your entire career in the same company and performing the same tasks day after day is a thing of the past. Nowadays, your career path is much more likely to be subject to changes and reformation – and no business sector or level of management can escape this trend. Sometimes the only option is to overcome these obstacles by striving to adapt to keep your job. When this is the case, many people feel that they’re falling behind in their professional life. Professional retraining or a significant career change isn’t seen in a favourable light when it’s compulsory – however, it’s not as damning as it seems. You can take the initiative to take part in retraining and take the future of your career into your own hands to rediscover your professional well-being.

The secret to a successful career change

At some point or another, anyone can arrive at the decision to change career, either by choice or due to reasons outside their control. However, even if the details of this change aren’t quite clear yet, it can be the ideal opportunity to breathe new life into your career and reinvent yourself professionally. A career change requires motivation and organisation, as well as the ability to ask the right questions in order to become familiar with your aspirations and to be conscious of your talents and skills. It’s also necessary to not disregard certain steps that will be vital in your success in your new career.

Career Coaching Myths Busted

There are many myths circling around about career coaching. Many employers try to discourage career coaching, or do not provide their employees with an opportunity to take it, out of fear that they will quit their current job.  While this may be true for some, for the majority of people the coaching process doesn’t convince them to completely change careers. Career coaching does however give them more self-confidence and motivation, as well as the ability to better understand their talents, passions, strengths and weaknesses, with which often also comes a change of perspective that allows the person to continue in their current job, albeit in a happier and more productive manner.   

Career Coaching Testimonial: “Regain your Motivation”

Axelle, one of OrientaEuro’s ICF accredited coaches, explains why most of her clients decide to come to OrientaEuro’s Personalised Career Coaching, and how she uses her own talents and passions to help them.  Axelle believes that her strongest talent is listening and understanding the situation of others, and that combining this with her passion of relating to others is what makes her a good coach.