If finding life coaching jobs and opportunities is your priority, here's where to start. We also examine some of the coaching niches or specialties you can work in.
The training is completed, the certificate is on the wall and now it's time to start earning a living from your life coaching skills. You may decide to start your own coaching practice or look for a coaching position with a large company.
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If you are looking for life coaching jobs in the corporate world, you are far more likely to be asked about your coach training and qualifications because the HR department may need a measure of your professional credibility to justify employing you.
Even if you haven't been credentialed by an independent coaching association it's useful to take out membership. This shows you are a serious professional.
You may already know the area you want to specialize in, when working in a business or corporate environment. There is room for life coaches in just about every section of business.
However, if you are yet to enroll in a credible coach specific course, then look for a life coach training that includes modules that educate and relate to this niche.
For example you may want to ensure they include business and corporate modules. My page on Life Coaching Schools provides some important tips on finding the right, credible, school.
Executive Coaching Jobs - through providers of services for coaches
Employee Coaching - either directly as part of a company initiative
Career Coaching - now used by many recruitment agencies
For other ideas on choosing your Business or Personal Life Coaching Niche, read and/or watch my interview with Cindy Schulson on Finding Coach Niche Markets.
Your background could have an important impact in selecting where to apply for jobs and be considered for a position.
For instance, if you have a background as a nurse, then you will have a head start over other coaches if you apply for a position in the health industries. Same if you have managerial experience in the corporate world and apply to coach managers.
A colleague of mine recently secured a contract with a large Telco. Her 30 years experience working for that Telco before she become a coach put her way ahead of competing coaches and secured her the life coaching job.
So where appropriate, be sure to emphasize in your CV who you have worked with, the different cultures you have experienced and what you have done and achieved (even outside a business environment) that might give you an edge.
The same colleague mentioned above had put her employment and coaching CV on an employment website where she was found by the Telco.
When posting your profile be sure to emphasise in your CV who you have worked with, the different cultures you have experienced and what you have done and achieved (even outside a business environment) that might give you an edge.
If you coach executives and employees or are working with small business clients, Managing Challenging Clients by Aryanne Oade will be an invaluable reference book.
It's about building effective relationships with challenging or difficult customers and the strategies and exercises she includes would be really useful to pass on to clients who are having challenges in this area.
Aryanne also provides many really specific, detailed and useful case studies of challenging client or customer situations.
She perfectly illustrates how they may have been badly handled and demonstrates a better way of dealing with them.
Her writing style is easy and informal, the book is really well printed and I found Managing Challenging Clients quite engrossing.