When you think about your job, do you dread the thought of getting out of bed each morning? Do you feel stuck in your current position as if all the excitement has been squeezed out of it? These are the most common situations why people may choose to work with a local career coach in the Tampa, St Pete, Sarasota or Naples areas.
Other reasons why people work with a career coach and/or career mentor includes guidance of how to get to the next level in one's career, guidance in seeking a career full of meaning, purpose and fulfillment and last but not least, you may be passionate about something, but need guidance in terms of transforming it into a career. Understanding that you need to implement change in your career to get you excited and passionate about your work again is the first step towards a fulfilling career. As such, this page has been assembled as a resource to help you better understand the benefits, resources and outcomes of utilizing a personal career coach and mentor.
Career Coaches in Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota, Ft. Myers & Naples
Listed below are local career coaches who are glad to assist you. These coaching professionals have assisted many in starting their new careers in the Suncoast region and nationwide. To view testimonials, reviews and success stories of others who've worked with these career coaches, scroll further down this page or click here
TAMPA / ST. PETE / CLEARWATER:
Tampa Job Search & Career Coach
Career Wisdom Coach
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SARASOTA / BRADENTON / VENICE:
Sarasota Career Coach
Bear Partners, LLC.
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FORT MYERS / CAPE CORAL / NAPLES:
Career Mentoring Success Stories
The following testimonials demonstrate the success the above career coaches from the Tampa, St. Pete and Sarasota areas have had in assisting people realize their full potential. We look forward to posting your testimonial on this page in the coming months as well.
"Patricia is fantastic! She helped me successfully get a job. She has a unique perspective, based on her years of HR experience and knowledge. She gave me invaluable suggestions, input and feedback about my resume, helped me with interview preparation, and gave me information about where to apply for jobs."
"Patricia asked me to score her job search coaching on a scale of 1 - 10 and I told her I'd have to give her a 15! Her knowledge of the selection process, enthusiasm for helping me advance in my career and quick response time was amazing."
"Jeff, to say that my time with you has been life changing would be a HUGE understatement. You have been able to open my eyes and make me realize / come face-to-face with things about myself that I was way too afraid to confront for years. Simply put, you have an amazing gift."
"I was skeptical - thinking I could find a job on my own, but after submitting over 50 resumes and hearing nothing, I interviewed two career coaches including Patricia. The difference: her experience hiring people before becoming a career coach. The others didn't. I also felt like she really listened to me and I liked her enthusiasm. I am convinced that that difference was the key to her helping me design a killer resume and ace the interview."
"I waited far too long (5 months to be exact) before realizing that I needed a professional career coach in this competitive market. Patricia is an expert in the workplace and was there for me every step of the way - from a resume that didn't work for me to a rock-star resume and linked in profile. I'm convinced I got hired because I picked the BEST career coach."
"Jeff, I don't know what is about you that draws people to you - but I know that many people feel that way. What you offer is more than something you've learned or read in a book. It's something you've always had."
How a Job Career Coach Can Benefit You:
Working with a job career coach and mentor can provide several key benefits. The most important benefit is achieving a career that provides you with meaning, purpose, and deep fulfillment. Other key benefits include the following:
1. Tapping in to Your True Purpose
A career coach will help you figure out your true passions and purpose in life. What is it that you absolutely love doing, to the point where you lose track of time because you're enjoying it so much? What is it that really makes you come alive? Does it make sense to make this your career, or at least a component of your career? Or are there other ways to fulfill the expression of your passions, and your job simply provides the means for you to do so?
Coaching isn't about giving you the answers. It's about providing you with a sense of presence, in a space that is accepting and non-judgmental, so that youre able to tune in to your innermost voice. The answers you seek are already within you. The right coach simply helps you discover them.
2. Accountability for Achieving the Results You Desire
While you're ultimately responsible for your choices and actions, a career coach helps ensure you remain accountable and honor your commitments to yourself and to the coaching process. When you aren't achieving your goals, a coach will collaborate with you to figure out a different approach. It was Albert Einstein that defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. A coach will help ensure that you don't get stuck in patterns that fail to serve your highest good.
3. Being Pushed to the Edge of Your Comfort Zone
A coach will work with you to gently push you outside of your comfort zone. The coaching process is all about finding that sweet spot that drives growth and change, and at the same time doesn't push you too far as to trigger a flight or freeze response. Sitting in a space of uncertainty and change isn't necessarily comfortable, but it's often necessary in order for you to align with your true purpose and achieve your highest potential. A coach will help you to lean into and transform that discomfort into the outcome you desire.
4. Working Through Your Through Limiting Beliefs
The biggest obstacle that keeps people from achieving the career that they want is their own limiting beliefs. A coach can help to identify beliefs and patterns that are preventing you from achieving your highest potential, and work to re-pattern them. You might already know what you want and what you need to do to get there. But what's really holding you back? Why aren't you taking the necessary steps to achieve your goals? A coach can help you push through your limiting beliefs so that you are achieving meaningful results.
5. Assistance in Creating a Successful Plan
Creating and executing a step-by-step plan of action is critical to achieving your career goals. A coach will work with you to develop a plan that is customized based on your unique needs and goals. Whether you're looking to move up the ladder in your current career, or are seeking a radical career shift, the right plan can make all the difference in whether or not you achieve the results you desire.
6. Improving Your Leadership Capabilities
Are you looking to get to the next level of your career? Research has shown that level of emotional intelligence is the most significant factor linked with workplace success. The right coach will be able to work with you to increase your level of personal awareness and emotional intelligence, positively impacting your interactions at work. In addition, a coach is able to work with you to incorporate tools and strategies into your work to significantly improve your performance.
Key Factors to Consider when Selecting a Career Coach
When selecting a career coach, it's a great idea to set up an informational interview prior to agreeing to work with them. Consider asking the coach if they'd be willing to meet for 20-30 minutes via phone or in-person. Many coaches even offer a complimentary initial informational session.
1. Goodness of Fit
This is the most critical success factor in any coaching relationship. Do you feel comfortable when interacting with the coach? Is this someone with whom you would feel safe discussing intimate details of your life? Is it someone that you feel you can trust?
2. Level of Self-Mastery
What work has the coach done to facilitate his or her own growth? Have they worked with a coach or other practitioner in the past? What practices do they incorporate into their life on a regular basis to foster continuous growth, development, and self-care? Have they "walked the talk?"
What are the coach's credentials? Do they have significant experience working with individuals like you? Why did they choose to become a career coach? Are they able to provide you with some examples of successful client outcomes?
How often do coaching sessions take place? Do they take place in person or via phone? Am I required to sign a contract for a specific duration? What is the cost of each session?
5. Coaching Style
What is their philosophy regarding the coaching relationship? Are they bound by a particular code of ethics? Do they regularly assign homework?
6. Work Experience
Does the coach have real-world work experience that is comparable to yours? A majority of career coaches have been trained as a life coach and may lack experience to provide you with practical suggestions on how to achieve your career goals. While this is not essential to a successful outcome, it is worth considering as you evaluate different choices.
Sample Coaching Outcomes
If there's anything a good coach knows, it's that there are no typical coaching outcome. With a motivated client and an effective coaching relationship, the results often exceed clients' expectations. And the positive impacts frequently extend beyond the client's career. That being said, below are three common career-specific coaching outcomes.
In this instance, the client realizes over the course of the coaching work that their current career is not at all in alignment with their true passion or purpose. They decide that they must make changes to realign their career with their true calling. Through the coaching relationship, the coach and client work through beliefs that have prevented the client from taking the leap to pursue this new path. They then work with the coach to develop a plan to align with their true purpose. And then the client and coach work together to execute that plan. The end result is that the client has successfully aligned with their true purpose and has found a career that provides deep meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.
2. Job Change
In this example, the client comes to the realization that they truly do love the work that they do, but that they're just not working in the optimal environment. Perhaps they don't fit within their current employer's culture. Or maybe they just don't align with the management team. In such instances, the client may choose to work with their coach to determine their top priorities and what the ideal work environment would look like. What factors does the client see as critical in the perfect role? The coach and client oftentimes continue to work together while the client explores new opportunities, and may decide to work together on areas such as enhancing interview skills, resume writing, and salary negotiation strategies. In the end, the client ends up continuing to do the work that they love, but in an environment that provides them with the characteristics they need to thrive.
3. Leadership Development
In this instance, the client seeks to enhance their leadership skills to improve their chances for promotion in the near future. The coach and client work on several key areas, including people management, communication skills, time management, and most importantly, raising the client's level of emotional intelligence. The client and coach employ various tools and practices to achieve this goal. As the client begins to employ these tools and strategies at work, they notice that they are achieving better results and engaging in more effective interactions with coworkers. Visible enhancements to leadership skills lead the client to experience a deeper level of fulfillment at work and improve their marketability for future growth opportunities.
Are You Ready to Take the Next Step?
Working with a career coach / career mentor can be an incredibly rewarding experience. But you have to be committed to the process and be willing to do the work. In a way, it's like working with a trainer at the gym. At the end of the day, you can work with the world's best trainer and have the perfect training plan, but if you aren't committed to doing the work, you won't achieve the results you desire. Are you ready to find lasting purpose, meaning, and fulfillment doing what you love? If so, working with a coach may prove to be one of the best decisions you ever make.
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