“It’s important to understand that a good coach is not going to be the best coach for everybody,” Collamer says. ”Part of it is just personal chemistry. You’re going to be spending a lot of time talking with this person.”
So what do you look for? Here are Collamer’s suggestions:
- Talk to this person to see if you feel comfortable with them.
- Check out their credentials. The career and life coaching industry is highly unregulated, and it’s possible for any one to get a coaching certificate in just 16 hours. Really. Avoid those. Look for someone with a solid education.
- Google your potential coach. If they’re serious about coaching, they’ve written about it or spoken about it.
- Get references, particularly from friends and family. Despite Collamer’s national media attention, she still gets most of her clients through word-of-mouth.
And what can a coach do for you?
“A good career coach is able to guide you and to hold you accountable,” says Collamer. ”Having somebody who is an impartial, educated listener is a big piece of this puzzle. Because as much as your friends are willing to listen to you, and hopefully you have a spouse who is willing to listen to you, there’s going to be a limit as to how much they’re going to be willing to listen to you.”