5 things to consider before hiring a career coach

5 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Career Coach

Are you considering hiring a career coach? If so, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Career coaches can be an invaluable resource for helping you achieve your professional goals, but not all coaches are created equal. Before you hand over your hard-earned cash, do your research. 

Here are five things to consider before making the decision to hire a career coach:

1. What kind of coaching do you need?

There are different types of coaches for different stages of your career, industry, and specialty. Ensure that the coach you’re considering has experience and expertise in the particular area of coaching that will best benefit your needs. This is a huge benefit to your success. 

If you’re looking for help with job search strategies or career transition, for example, make sure your potential coach has experience and success in this field. If you’re just starting out, you might need someone who brings the “life coach” aspect to the process. They can help you figure out what you want to do with your life. 

Alternatively, if you’re a seasoned pro and have been in the workforce for a while, a career coach or job search strategist may be more fitting to provide industry expertise and detailed execution plans. 

There are also executive coaches who work with high-level professionals who want to take their careers to the next level, coaches who specialize in working with creatives, and a million other niches. 

Consider what type of coaching you need and the goals you want to get out of a coach before hiring anyone.


2. What’s your budget?

Coaching isn’t cheap. 

A good coach will charge anywhere from $50 to $250 an hour, so make sure you have a realistic idea of what you can afford before starting your search. 

Be sure to investigate how much coaching services cost and what type of payment options are available as part of your due diligence. I’m a big fan of goal-based packages that get you an outcome for certain costs versus hourly rates that may make it challenging to know how much you’ll pay in the end. 

Regardless, make sure you understand exactly what services will be included in their fee before signing on and align this with a pre-determined budget to find the right coach at the right price.


3. What’s your time commitment?

Working with a coach takes time – typically at least one hour per week, sometimes more, depending on the action plans and nature of your goals. 

Make sure you have the time to commit to working with a coach before hiring one, or else your investment will be a loss, and you’ll end up with nothing but frustration. 

On the flip side, you’ll want to ensure that your potential career coach has adequate availability for scheduling coaching sessions that work best for you.  This includes not only availability during regular business hours but after hours (or weekends) as well, if needed. This is especially important if you are looking for periodic check-ins or ongoing support from your career coach over time.


4. Seek the Fit.

As we mentioned in #1, it’s crucial to know what kind of goals you want to achieve before hiring a coach. Being specific with your goals will help you find the expert best suited to help you achieve them, but it’s also essential to work with someone who you feel gets you and what you’re trying to do. 

Communication is key to a successful coaching engagement. 

Finding a coach whose communication style meshes well with yours is critical for achieving maximum benefit from your sessions. It’s also how the oh-so-important trust is built in your relationship, and that’s a foundation you must have. You’re making big decisions here! You better like the person guiding them. 

When you’re shopping around and interviewing coaches (by the way, there should ALWAYS. ALWAYS. be an introductory call with a potential coach before you commit. If they don’t provide this free exploration, HARD PASS), ask yourself questions like “Do I feel comfortable sharing my thoughts and feelings with this person?” or “Do I feel like I can openly express myself without fear of judgment?” “Does this coach get me and what I’m trying to do with my life and/or career?” 

The answers should give you clarity about whether this person is a good coach to guide your life and career decisions.


5. What are their qualifications?

Just because someone calls themselves a “coach” doesn’t mean they’re qualified to actually be one. Anyone can call themselves a coach these days, so make sure the person you’re thinking about hiring has the necessary experience with a track record that supports the claims. 

Research your potential career coach’s track record by asking them what kinds of results they have achieved with their clients and if they can provide references from past clients who have successfully reached their goals. Online testimonials and Google reviews can also be telling. 

A good reputation is vital when looking for a quality coach. 


There you have it! 

Career coaches are amazing people, and they’re changing the hiring landscape one client at a time.

Hiring a career coach can be a great way to propel your career forward and reach your professional goals. It’s an excellent investment, but it’s also an investment. 

It’s got to be the suitable investment that fits your needs. So, before diving in full force, consider what type of coaching you need, what your budget is, how much time you can commit to, and what your goals are. 


If you’re feeling stuck in your career or uncertain about what your next steps should be, hiring a coach can be a great way to get started on the path to success. Be sure to consider these five factors before making your decision, but we’re confident that with the right coach by your side, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your professional goals.

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