What is the difference between a headhunter and a career coach and should you use them?
A headhunter either works for the company (usually called a recruiter) or a headhunter works for themselves on a commission basis recruiting specifically requested types of employees for a company. Some facts about headhunters:
UniversalClass.com’s definition of a career coach is “a person who is committed to helping clients find their own success.” A career coach is much like a traditional coach: someone who takes the time to give the client the tools needed to succeed but then stands on the sidelines to watch how the person uses those tools; and cheer them on.
A career coach will help you with the basics such as resumes and cover letters, but they will also go deeper with you. They’ll ask you why you want to change jobs, what work you are looking for, what you want to achieve in your work life and what you’ve done so far in your job search. As your coach, they will talk to you about the things you can do to be successful in your job search, and they will tell you what you need to stop or avoid doing as well. Good coaches are honest and direct. If, in their opinion, you are not qualified for a position you want to apply for, they’ll tell you, tell you why, and work with you to determine the qualifications you need.
As a coach, they will help you practice interviews, help you write and then critique as you give your “elevator speech” and coach you through your first efforts at networking. A career coach will teach you how, not do it for you.
When should you think about hiring a career coach?
It takes time to find the right job. It takes patience as well as work on your part. It’s never too early or too late to consider a career coach or a headhunter as one of your job search tools.