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How to hire a career coach

     Lately, I find myself giving others career advice. For some reason, the path others should take and opportunities that exist for them seem clear to me. Of course, it's a lot easier to give advice to others.

     Like so many people out there, I'm in transition too. And while journalism changes and I shift with it, I feel lucky to know I'm still in the right career for me. But who would I go to for guidance if I wanted a complete change?

     For those of you who are stuck, who want a change but can't figure out how, Marci Alboher has a great blog post on how to hire a career coach. She tells you just when it's time to bring a pro into help. Marci suggests you look to the International Coach Federation for professionals in your area searchable by your criteria. According to a study done by the International Coaches Federation, the international average is about $200 for an hour-long session. But pricing varies widely. Some may offer their services by phone. 

   You should know that a good coach will help you figure out how to come up with a plan and find a job. Just don't expect them to actually do it for you. They are not recruiters.

Also, you should know that Florida International University in Miami offers a course for those of you interested in becoming a career/life coach.

Also remember a career coach is not a therapist. On her post, Marci quotes  Maggie Mistal, a coach and the host of “Making a Living With Maggie,” on XM’s Martha Stewart Living Radio. Mistal says if someone has trouble looking forward, lives in the past and blame others she'll suggest that maybe a therapist would be more helpful.

   For those of you leaving jobs, your former employer may offer career coaching as part of the outplacement/severance package. It's worth checking into.