If you are exploring work opportunities, you may be wondering if it is worth the expense to consult with a job coach. There are many qualified professionals who will give you an excellent return on your investment. Unfortunately, there are also situations where you could be deeply disappointed. These are a few suggestions for playing it safe.
Choose your coach carefully. Research any history of complaints. Contact the Better Business Bureau and any relevant licensing agencies. Check for online reviews at places like Yelp. Read the testimonials on their website as well as conducting a reference check of your own. A coach should be willing to provide the names of a few happy clients with backgrounds similar to your own. Of course, personal referrals may be the best leads of all so check with family and friends.
Assess the initial interview. Try to get a sense of the criteria they are using in their screening process. You want someone who is looking for clients they can assist effectively rather than anyone who will pay their fees. Listen for people who describe realistic results rather than making excessive promises. They should be candid about how much work you will need to do. If the cost is prohibitive, ask about the possibility of a group rate if they can work on that basis.
Give their recommendations a chance. Of course, you will only get out of a coaching process as much as you are willing to put in. It is ironic that people often pay for services and then continue to stick with their old habits. Give the suggestions you get from your coach a fair trial.
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