How to Fire Your Career Coach and Why

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If you want to receive professional assistance in creating and accomplishing career goals while gaining invaluable advice for overcoming obstacles along the way, you should hire a professional career coach. However, sometimes after working with a career coach for a while, you may find that the working relationship is not as productive as you’d like it to be and you may need to make some changes with regard to your professional help. This article will address the qualities of a good career coach, what they should be offering, how to fire your career coach if you need to and the reasons why you would need to end the professional relationship with this individual.

1. Qualities a Good Career Coach Embodies

There are certain qualities and qualifications that a good career coach has which add to their value as an effective mentor for your professional career development. If your career coach does not embody these qualities and qualifications, you may want to consider firing them and moving on to a mentor who is more qualified to assist you in developing your career goals. Consider the following qualities and qualifications of a viable career coach.

  • Education – There are four levels of coaches ranging from career coach, career counselor, career Paraprofessional and Professional Counselor/Career counselor. The first two levels mentioned do not have any standard state or national educational degree requirements. The last two mentioned do have a requirement of a master’s degree. You can find out more information on this chart from the National Career Development Association regarding education and qualification comparisons of coaches.
  • Certifications – Additionally, career coaches who are not required to have a master’s degree should become certified through a program like the Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC), which is offered by Dr. Diane Hudson Burns through the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW).
  • Ethics – A viable career coach has a high standard of ethics and works diligently to provide advice that is genuine and under the umbrella of the most ethical principles.
  • High EQ – In addition to being intelligent and having common sense, a good career coach also has a high EQ or emotional intelligence quotient. They know how to handle their emotions in a mature manner and can easily relate to and read other people.
  • Respect – They have a high regard for other people and are able to relate well to differing personalities, races and ethnic backgrounds with a tolerant mental attitude.
  • Communication – Good career coaches are excellent communicators and know how to read both verbal and nonverbal communication techniques and respond accordingly.
  • Creativity – Thinking outside the box comes naturally for these individuals and they know how to find creative ways to both mentor and strategically develop a career plan.
  • Determination – Finally, good career coaches are determined to continue working with their clients until all career goals are met and the proper level of growth is achieved.

2. What a Good Career Coach Offers

The second step in figuring out whether or not to fire your career coach is to ascertain what a good career coach offers. When you can make an honest evaluation of what a good coach offers and what yours is actually offering, then you can make a more informed decision with regard to firing your coach.

  • Experience – An effective career coach has years of experience behind their professional brand and is able to use that expertise to properly assist you with your goals.
  • Reputation – A solid reputation as an expert coach in the industry is another great selling point of a good career coach; this includes having excellent client references.
  • Results – The final offering of a good career coach is that you will receive positive and productive results, which are exactly what you signed up for to receive.

3. Reasons Why You Should Fire Your Career Coach

When you work with a career coach, the ideal situation would be that you both have an excellent working relationship and are able to proactively create an action plan that will help you to succeed in all your career goals. However, that is not always the case. Consider some of the following reasons why you would need to fire your coach.

  • No Chemistry – One of the top reasons that you should fire your career coach is that after working together, you’ve realized that you both do not mesh well as individuals and there is no chemistry in the professional relationship. This will hinder any progress.
  • Poor Results – Another main reason to end your relationship is that the career coach is not getting any productive results. You signed on to work with this coach because you thought you would get promising job leads, interviews, career advice and have success.
  • Low Energy – If you walk away from any appointments, phone calls, texts or emails with this coach, feeling unmotivated and worse off than when you started -then this is not a productive relationship to continue cultivating. It’s time to cut the cord and start over.
  • Unprofessionalism – If you find out that this coach has been behaving in an improper or unprofessional manner with you or other clients; especially as seen in their online activity, you should fire this person. You want to be aligned with an ethical professional.

4. How to Fire Your Career Coach

Making the decision to fire you career coach may be easier than actually completing the firing process. It is important to remember your evaluation of this individual and the reasons why you have made a decision to fire this person. Consider the following steps when firing your coach.

  • Decision – The first step in firing your career coach is to make an informed decision in ending the relationship. You have already done your honest review, now you need to be absolutely certain that you’re making the right decision. There is no turning back.
  • Contract – Take the time to review your contract that you signed with this coach. If you never signed a contract, that should have been a red flag from the beginning. Make sure that you read all the fine print so that there are no surprise reprisals when you meet.
  • Evidence – Compile evidence that backs up your decision to fire this coach. Write down a list of reasons and behaviors or actions that corroborate your decision. Having this information already compiled, will help you to be concise and focused when meeting.
  • Professional – Even if this coach was not always acting in a professional or ethical manner, you need to be sure that you will remain calm and in control of your emotions when you meet with this coach to fire him and end the professional relationship.
  • Beginning – You will need to begin the process again of either hiring another effective career coach or trying to facilitate your own career development by working with an accountability partner, such as a work colleague. Use this as a learning experience.

When firing a career coach, you need to make an informed decision that has been based upon an honest review of the relationship and circumstances involved. It is important to honestly compare your career coach to the qualities, qualifications and offerings of a true professional coach as described in this article. Remember to be calm during this review process and focus on how you can end the relationship in a professional manner and embark on a new and improved solution for your career development needs. Have you ever needed to fire a career coach? How did the process play out for you?




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