I see so many people asking specifically for career coaches in their geographic area. Which is understandable because we naturally want to meet people face-to-face, especially if we are hiring them for something as potentially life-changing as career coaching. And while I can appreciate this, with technology today, a non-local coach can be just as, if not more effective, than a local one.
In this article, I’ll outline the advantages of hiring both a local vs non-local career coach and explain why there are more important factors to take into consideration over location.
There are two obvious advantages for hiring a local coach:
However, in my opinion, neither is compelling enough to discount non-local coaches. Here’s why:
There are so many other factors that are more important than geography. Rather than limiting yourself to local coaches, I recommend you consider the following when seeking a career coach:
When hiring someone for any type of service, we are naturally inclined to go with those that we connect with. When you are searching for a career coach, listen to your gut and ask yourself these questions:
Be sure your coach has the right type of experience and knowledge to help you navigate your way through the process. For example, if you are an IT person wanting to stay in the IT field, be sure to find someone who understands the language and field. Individuals who have a background in human resources and hiring are excellent choices for career coaches.
Identify exactly what you want to get from working with a career coach and then ask the coach if they have those specific skills. It might include anything from:
Or maybe you just need help with the mechanics of finding a job, such as:
In summary, know what you are seeking and then find the right person and solutions that work best for you and your situation. Don’t let location deter you from choosing the best possible fit. If it “feels” right and the person’s experience matches what you need in a career coach, it is likely that you’ve found the perfect match – local or not!
Marla Williams is an intuitive life, career and business coach who has experienced tremendous success guiding individuals, professionals and entrepreneurs through a groundbreaking process to discover their purpose and capitalize on their distinctive gifts so they can begin to forge their own unique path in this world. She has a BA in Organizational Development, is a certified life coach, certified project manager and an experienced and certified professional in human resources (PHR) and was a key leader instrumental in helping grow a $12-million-dollar company into a $2.3-billion-dollar company. Connect with Marla through Noomii and her website.