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whatever the reason you are looking, navigating today’s job market is challenging

And often, we add unnecessary stress.

A smart and directed career strategy will significantly enhance your long-term income and job satisfaction. And, the good news is help is a call away. And, unlike many career coaching options and online support, Avarah clients work with me, personally.

If you don’t know your next move, you’re not alone.

Working with me, you’ll get proven strategies and expert guidance. That means you will always have my 20+ years of experience guiding our sessions not a junior coach or advisor.

My approach is tailored to you.

I adjust to your needs as we move along and as I get to know you better. This also means that I accept only a limited number of clients so that I can give each of you the highest quality of service and attention.

Your first consultation with me is always free.

During this 30 minute conversation—which follows a brief questionnaire—we’ll review your situation and what you are looking for.

If we feel there’s a good fit, we’ll discuss my services in detail and my fees. Below are examples of the services I offer.

If you don’t see something that feels like a fit we should talk. It’s hard to know what your ideal solution will be and you’ve got enough on your mind. Let me help you decide.

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Do any of these sound familiar?

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“I have to talk myself out of the car and into the building every morning”

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“Why did we invest so much money in her education when she can’t find a job that uses her skills?”

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“It was a lay-off. Why do I feel like I was fired?”

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“I haven’t looked for a new job in 10 years – I don’t even know where to start!”

These are just some of the things I hear from my clients when we talk for the first time. While their circumstances are different, there is one thing they have in common…

They are looking for more than just a job.

FAQs About Hiring A Career Coach

What does a career coach do?
The best career coaches help you figure out what careers/jobs will be a great fit, and offer practical guidance on how to get yourself in front of hiring managers. They help you identify and overcome mental obstacles and barriers that are holding you back. They provide timely suggestions, best practices, and strategies to plan and execute a search that will help you land the job you want.
Why should I hire a career coach?
Perhaps the most common reason people hire a career coach is because they are not getting results on their own. A coach will help you diagnose why not, and offer strategies that have been proven to work. A career coach can be great when you don’t know what path to take and you want to make sure your next role is a good fit. At Avarah, we also work with clients who want to make a career jump, they know they could be doing more and earning more. Career coaches are also very useful if your interview skills are rusty, or you need help with networking.
Why can’t I do this on my own?
You can. And it will be harder and take longer. A good job search (meaning one that lands you in a role where you can thrive) takes strategy and planning. Too often we start working with clients who’ve been trying on their own for months, only to miss opportunities and connections because they were not using the best approach.
I like the comfort of applying for jobs online, can’t I just keep doing that?
NO! Check out some of my previous blogs such as “Frustrated with Online Job Boards?” or “An Online Job Search Won’t Work, Do This Instead.
What should I look for in a career coach?
The best career coaches offer a combination of skills and experience.  These should, at a minimum, include education/certifications in the use of career assessment tools, experience in hiring/HR roles, and a proven system that has helped clients achieve their desired goals.

Have a question that wasn’t covered here today?

I started Avarah Careers because I recognized the need for a service like this – at every stage of life. If you’re going it alone and not getting the results you want, I may be able to help.

QUESTIONS TO ASK A CAREER COACH

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How long have you been doing this work?

You want someone with a combined education/experience > 3 years

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What type of tools and strategies do you use?

You’re looking for specifics, names of assessments, exercises, etc. Listen for a process.

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How long does this process normally take?

Run fast from anyone who makes claims here like “Within X days – Guaranteed!” Every client is different and the time frame varies widely based on career choice, experience level, and other factors. Expect to hear a range from reputable coaches. E.g. “Most of my clients land well within X-Y…”

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How much work will I be doing on my own?

You want to hear about homework, expectations, # of hours.

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What support can I expect outside of our formal coaching calls?

The answer will depend on fees and the coach’s style. This is a case where you get what you pay for. If you want last minute interview coaching, or on the spot help negotiating competing offers, etc., you will pay for that and it will be worth it to land the job or say, increase your starting salary by 15%.

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What services do you provide?

Coaches offer everything from interview coaching to networking strategies, tailored job search plans and much more. For Avarah’s services, click here. To learn more about Sarah, click here.

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What are your fees?

These are going to be based on the specific services you require. After a conversation to determine your needs, a reputable coach will provide you with their fees and covered services in writing so that you can make an educated decision about how to proceed.