Do Any of the Following Apply to You?
- Currently working in Higher Ed/Student Affairs and looking for the next step(s) in your life and career?
- Just finishing your undergraduate degree, and hoping to go into higher ed/student affairs, because you had such a great time in student leadership positions or as a resident assistant?
- Just getting started in an entry-level position, with no clear idea what you really want to specialize in or what direction you should take next in your career?
- Stalled in your quest for a next-step position?
- Having difficulty managing multiple demands and achieving work/life balance?
- Considering a return to graduate school for a Master’s or Doctorate?
What Can Career Coaching Do For Me?
If any of these scenarios sound familiar to you, 1-on-1 career coaching can help you:
- Explore your interests,
- Overcome blocks and fears
- Identify options for the next steps in your life and career.
- Refine your list of options
- Make plans to research companies and positions in your target field/specialty
- Test out opportunities, and process through their possible fit with your ideal life and career
- Follow through with your plans and reach your goals
How Do I Get Started?
Getting started with 1-on-1 coaching is pretty easy:
- Check out Sean’s Calendar at tungle.me/seancook
- Find a 30 minute time block that works for you.
- Request a meeting time for your FREE initial consultation. (Be sure to include your phone number for phone meetings or your Skype ID if you prefer meeting via Skype.)
- Check your e-mail for confirmation of the meeting time.
- Sean will e-mail you some documents to complete before the first meeting. These will give more information about who you are, what you do, and what you hope to get out of coaching. Please e-mail them back to email@example.com or fax them to 206.888.6859 at least one day prior to your meeting
- At the meeting time, Sean will contact you via the method you listed in your meeting request
What Happens in the First Meeting?
If you’ve never hired a career coach, you may not know what to expect. Here’s a general outline of what we’ll try to accomplish together in our first meeting:
- Review the intake/coaching prep documents you sent back to Sean
- Spend time getting to know each other
- Discuss costs, frequency of appointments that might work for you, and other services that we can provide (resume and cover letter assistance, writing or editing; mock interviews with feedback, in-person interviewing and coaching, customized coaching and training packages for you or a group you are involved in, self-paced online workshops, etc.)
- Try to answer any questions you still have about coaching
- Discuss whether you are interested in setting up a first formal coaching appointment
- Set that appointment, if you are interested, or schedule a time to follow up if you need more time to think about it.
Is That Really All There Is To It? What’s the Catch?
Well, there really isn’t one. Here’s the deal. I need clients who are ready for coaching, and willing to pay for my services, or I really won’t have a business. That idea really depresses me, because I left a career in higher education to pursue a passion for helping other people get where they want to go in their lives and careers. It’s also sobering because I know I can help you.
Well, that sounds kind of bold and cocky, doesn’t it? Yeah, it probably does. But I believe it. And I would be crazy to quit a 15+ year career, and a standing appointment, with great pay and benefits, at a great university (Penn State), to work for myself, and put my family through all that goes along with such a stark life change, if I didn’t believe it.
Am I Obligated to Buy Anything?
No. As I mentioned earlier, coaching is a voluntary relationship. You come when you are ready, you find a coach (hopefully me) that you think can offer you valuable perspectives, advice, and a sense of partnership in your success. It’s a paid relationship, but also a goal-oriented and (ideally) a time-limited one. Even when the coaching is going well, many clients may only need to have 6 or 8 meetings to get on track and feel satisfied about their progress. If it isn’t going well, then that is a topic we can explore together, and if I’m not the right coach, I’ll try to help you find one that is a better match for your needs. I’ll still try, as long as you work with me, to be a true partner in your success. If I can’t get you there, I still want you to get where you are going.
Can You Guarantee My Success in a Job Search?
I wish I could, but the answer is NO. There are many other factors at play:
- The economy
- Your competition in any given process
- Your institutional “fit”
- Etc., etc., etc….
I can’t take responsibility for factors like those. We’ll have to leave those to the universe.
But I do offer you this personal guarantee. If you work with me, take the relationship seriously, and do the work required to explore your interests, find your passion, and set good goals, you will be more satisfied with your life and career. And you will be satisfied with the assistance I give you in finding it. If you aren’t, I’ll give you your money back. I only want to be paid for providing value to my clients. This is a service business. I am only as good as the services I provide, and I hope to eventually rely on client referrals for the bulk of my business. I’m selling myself here, in the purest sense of the term, so I want to give clients the best of me.
Again, whether this works out is up to the universe. But until I have reason to believe otherwise, I am going to keep moving forward, trying new things, and (hopefully) helping people find the lives and careers they deserve.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call. I’d love to hear from you, and I truly believe you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Best of luck to you on your career journey!
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