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Tips for Choosing a Career Coach to Handle Being Laid Off

Choosing a Career Coach

Have you recently been laid off or are you expecting to be laid off soon? You are not alone. According to tracking site Layoffs, 503 tech companies have laid off 1,39,165 employees in 2023 so far. A career coach can help you through the difficulties that come with being laid off.

Facing a layoff can be scary, but you don’t have to face it alone. A career coach can help you move forward with a positive attitude after a layoff. Here are a few helpful tips for choosing a career coach to handle being laid off:

Ask for referrals. You may be surprised to find that a lot of your network connections and colleagues work with a career coach. Ask them how a career coach has helped them with their career needs and ask them if their coach helps professionals going through a layoff. Ask your connection for an introduction to their coach.

Do your homework. Some career coaches provide general coaching help while others work with specific needs. Look up a potential coach on LinkedIn, check their websites, their social media profiles, and read through their recommendations to determine their background and level of expertise. Are they currently providing helpful tips and information about layoffs? How does their process help you with a layoff? Most career coaches provide a list of references on request, so don’t forget to ask for this when reaching out to a potential career coach.

Interview a potential coach. Career coaches generally allow you to schedule a free call or consult with them before signing up for their services. Take advantage of this call to interview a career coach. Let them know that you are going through a layoff and ask them for specific ways that their process could help you. How would they provide accountability and support for you during this time? And how could they help you get your dream job after a layoff?

Be committed. When considering working with a coach during a layoff, it’s important to be committed to the process. A career coach can help you, but you also have to be willing to put in the time and effort to succeed using their program. If you are unsure that you can invest the time, ask a potential career coach how much time they would expect you to spend on their exercises.

Find out how our coaches can help you handle being laid off. Schedule a free consult today.