It’s our belief that it has never been harder to find a job than it is today.
What used to work, no longer works. And what works… well… is known by few.
Because of the increasingly difficult job market, career coaching has begun to rapidly increase in popularity.
But what exactly is a career coach? And how can they help?
What is a Career Coach?
While most people are familiar with career coaching, we thought we’d take a shot at describing exactly what is a career coach.
A career coach is someone with advanced knowledge of career-related subjects.
Some other terms used to describe career coaches include career counselors, career advisors, and career mentors.
In today’s market, there are a handful of different reasons why you might hire a career coach.
- You are changing careers/industries and you need guidance from an expert to determine which direction you should take your career.
- You recently graduated and you aren’t sure how to begin your career.
- You’d prefer a better job, promotion, etc. and simply don’t have the time or know-how to navigate your own job search.
Whether you are hiring a career coach due to a lack of direction or hiring a career coach due to a lack of time, seeking professional assistance can be a smart decision.
The advantage of career coaching compared to the DIY approach is that your career coach should have experience navigating the waters that you are unfamiliar with.
Hiring a career coach can save you time by utilizing a pro who has already been successful working with others in similar situations.
Career Coaching FAQ’s
What kinds of services do career coaches offer?
Career coaches can offer a wide array of services. Some career coaches like Find My Profession will manage your entire job search while other career coaches like The Muse provide advice on topics such as job searching, interviewing, changing careers, etc.
How much does a career coach cost?
Career coaches can range drastically in cost. There really is no "standard" for career coaching costs. In general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 - $250 per hour spent with your career coach.
What is a career coach certification?
Some career coaches have certifications that solidify their coaching expertise. Depending on what you are hiring a career coach for, some certifications may be more useful than others. If you are hiring a career coach to write your resume, you may want to check for resume certifications such as the CPRW, or ACRW. If you are looking for general career coaching certifications, look for the CPCC or CCP. For an interview coach, consider looking for CEIC or CEIP certifications.
How can I find a career coach near me?
While finding a local career coach is not usually necessary (most coaches offer virtual coaching), there are a handful of ways to identify quality career coaches near you. If you keep reading, you'll see that LinkedIn ProFinder is one of the best resources for finding local career coaches. Simply go to Google and type in "career coaches near me" to find a list of local coaches.
Best Career Coaching Services
If you are in a hurry and don't want to read our detailed reviews below, here is a list of the Best Career Coaches:
- Find My Profession (that's us!)
- The Muse
- Wolfgang Career Coaching
- Create Your Career Path
- LinkedIn ProFinder
And now for the detailed reviews...
1. Find My Profession
Find My Profession tops our list as the #1 career coaching service in America.
Why? Because we believe that what we have to offer is unique and provides more value than any other career coaching service on this list.
While the majority of career coaches spend their time "coaching", we spend our time "doing".
That's right. Rather than saying "this is how you search for and apply to jobs". We actually go out and search for and apply to jobs on your behalf.
Think of it this way, when you need electrical work done, you don't hire an electrical coach to teach you how to fix the problem. You hire an electrician to do the work for you.
Find My Profession is the professional who will actually go out and do the work for you. We find jobs, apply to those jobs with tailored ATS compatible resumes, and network on your behalf to key decision-makers, all with the goal of setting up interviews for you.
Pros: Find My Profession offers a unique approach to career coaching that goes above and beyond what most services offer. Your dedicated career coach can save you hundreds of hours of job searching, all while producing greater results.
Cons: Find My Profession is a virtual/online company. While we provide services in your city, we don’t have a physical office to meet in person.
Phone: (831) 888-0967
Don't take our word for it, check out some of our 5-star reviews.
2. The Muse
The Muse offers a traditional approach to career coaching with packages for just about any situation and career level.
One thing that we love about The Muse is that they give you the power to pick your own career coach.
First, you will choose from one of their coaching services (resume review, 30-minute career q&a, job search strategy, networking strategy, interview coaching, etc.).
Next, you will select the level of career coach you want to work with. The Muse offers three options: Mentor (least experience), Coach (middle-tier), and Master Coach (most experience).
This feature is extremely helpful because it allows most people to be able to find a career coach within their budget.
Pros: The Muse offers a great variety of vetted career coaches and pricing options that can fit any budget.
Cons: While having options is typically a good thing, it can be hard to know who the best coach will be for your unique situation. The Muse does not assign the coach for you, so you'll need to decide on who to hire yourself.
3. Wolfgang Career Coaching
Wolfgang Career Coaching is not just a career coaching website.
They offer a range of services which include executive and leadership coaching, LinkedIn profile writing, career transition, job search, career counseling, interview preparation, and more.
No matter where you are in your career, Wolfgang Career Coaching is here to help.
Pros: Wolfgang Career Coaching offers a broad array of services. Whether you are a recent graduate who isn't sure where to begin your career or an executive seeking leadership coaching, Wolfgang has a service designed for you. They also offer a free initial consultation to better understand your needs.
Cons: Wolfgang Career Coaching offers traditional "coaching" services. If you are looking for a company to fully manage your job search rather than "guide, educate, and support you" while you manage your own job search, then this company is not for you.
4. Create Your Career Path
Create Your Career Path was founded in 2002 by Hallie Crawford - a Certified Career Coach.
Their career coaching staff is made up of Hallie Crawford and Emma Luttrell who both have excellent bios written on the website.
Coaching packages range from career direction, professional resume development, work performance, and job search strategy.
Pros: Create Your Career Path is a boutique coaching agency which means you will be able to research your career coaches experience prior to signing up. This can be advantageous if you are concerned about your coach's credentials.
Cons: On the flip side, with only a couple of options for career coaches, someone who is looking for a niche set of skills may not find what they are looking for here. Depending on what you are looking for, their small staff can either be a good thing or a bad thing.
5. LinkedIn Profinder
LinkedIn ProFinder is a great career coaching solution for a variety of reasons.
LinkedIn ProFinder essentially compiles all of the self-proclaimed career coaches into one central location. More often then not the career coaches on ProFinder will be individuals and entrepreneurs rather than businesses and corporations.
ProFinder gives you the power to search through hundreds of local career coaches and interview the ones you are interested in.
Since this is basically a large freelance market, you can find just about any career coaching service imaginable. Simply share what you are looking for in a career coach, and vet the applicants.
Pros: LinkedIn ProFinder will no doubt provide the most flexibility for your career coaching needs. You can filter career coaches by their hourly rates, certifications, past experiences, etc. You won't have to select from a handful of predesigned packages, you can essentially create your own career coaching package based on your unique needs.
Cons: Because ProFinder is essentially a freelance market, you have to do all the work when it comes to vetting your career coach. Each individual career coach may have different return policies, standards, and procedures. If you aren't 100% certain of what you are looking for, this may not be the best option for you.
How to Choose a Career Coach?
If you finished reading this article and you still aren't sure who you should hire, start by asking yourself the following questions.
- Is cost a concern? If you are on a set budget, filter out all of the companies on this list that exceed your budget.
- Is there something specific I want help with? If you know exactly what you are looking for, it becomes easier to find the best career coach. Think about exactly what area you need help with, and find a coach who specializes in this area.
- Do I want someone who is advising me on what to do? Or do I want someone who will actually do the work for me? If you just want someone to coach you through your problem, Find My Profession won't be the best fit. If you are looking for a company to do the work for you, then Find My Profession is really the only option.
Wherever you are in your career, we are confident that one of the five companies on this list can help. We purposefully selected a broad range of career coaching companies that could accommodate just about any price range, niche needs, or timeframe.
Looking for an Executive Career Coach?
If you are looking for a strictly executive career coach, you might enjoy this article that we created on the 10 Best Executive Career Coaches.
You can also take a look at our top 5 recommended executive career coaches in each of the cities listed below.