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The question I received was, "Would you or should you ever hire a career coach to write your resume or help you with interview skills?" I'm assuming the question really comes down to, "Why should you do this? What's the advantage to doing this to a prompt you doing this?"

It's really an easy answer, AND I want to acknowledge the fact that I am a coach. I don't write resumes. I do help people with interview skills. Here's why I think it is worth your while.

The reason is that you are an amateur. You don't know what you're doing.. Yes, you can follow a formula online but, you know, you are not Average Jane or Average Joe. You are who you are with your unique set of skills and, yes, you can create or use a template for your resume (although I don't. Recommend that you do so), you could read lots of books, but is not the same as interacting with someone. Let me use the example of resume writing. There is a difference between a professional resume and an amateur resume. You can spot right away and it is a discernible difference.

Interview skills. People come to me to help them answer interview questions and, Lord knows, I have done a lot of videos about how to answer individual questions. However, it's different interacting with someone and not just simply watching a video. How to answer the question seems to be absorbed better and more deeply than when you simply watch the video and click the equivalent of the remote (or the actual remote) and go to the next channel to watch something else.

I'm sure you know that the 10,000 hour rule that Malcolm Gladwell popularized-- 10,000 hours of focused effort under the auspices of the master will help you become an expert.

You have how much experience writing resumes? Seriously, how much experience you have writing resume? And how much experience do you have interviewing? As I've said before, you hiring managers you think it's the same thing because you've gone out and hired people for yourself, you think you have this big advantage now that you're out interviewing… Your behavior and the behavior of others like you demonstrates to me consistently that almost all of you are awful at interviewing.

The fact of the matter is, you don't know what you're doing, you think you do and then put yourself in a bind. When you don't get the results that you want. Coaches will help you by helping you improve quickly and, perhaps, proactively resume writers will work with you to help you craft a great document. Yes, you will pay money for this, but no one works for free. After all, do you? You have a job. They have a job. Each of you wants to get paid for it. The benefit to you is huge because doors get open to you that would normally be closed because you would not know what you're doing and make goofy mistakes.

Interviewing. You will get better results faster having worked with a coach, than not working with a coach Because, again, I will speak for myself,The people I work with perform better on their interviews because they have had a chance to test things out with me and they can ask me questions proactively

For example, there is this 1 guy who is going up for very senior roles in organizations and he is asking me for advice about each interview step along the way as well as the things they are going to be looking for from him what is going to be the theme of the interview, not just simply answer the question and, as a result, he can position himself effectively by doing that.

It doesn't matter where you are because all of you can benefit from coaching because you think you know what you doing and think that is good enough . . . But good enough isn't.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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