How to Hire a Career Coach

You’re stuck. You want to change careers and can’t figure out how or what you’re even good at. Maybe you’ve been on scores of interviews, but no one’s biting.  Or worse, you’ve sent out hundreds of cover letters and resumes and the phone is not ringing. These are all indicators that it might be time to hire a career coach.

When I changed careers nearly 10 years ago, hiring a coach completely jumpstarted my process. Career changes and job searches take a long time and I’m impatient. I also had a lot of fear and anxiety about the process and I didn’t want to overburden supportive friends and family with my constant need to talk about my process. I figured that working with a professional who’d seen hundreds of others through transitions was a way to speed things up. And it did. I used my coach for about 8 sessions to come up with a plan and a strategy; after that, I called her for advice now and then, but mostly felt comfortable on my own.

Here’s some things to think about if you’re wondering whether it’s time to bring in a pro to help moves things along: {Read the rest at Yahoo!}


Internships for the AARP Set (Today Show appearance)

Yesterday I was invited on the Today Show to talk with David Gregory about a new way that some mid-career and older workers are reinventing — internships. I appeared with Ann Hodgman, a 52-year old executive intern at, which is offering a program that allows them to tap the experience of older workers while at the time expose those people to the skills they need to survive in a digital work environment.

Immediately after the segment I got an email from my a cousin of mine in college saying “You mean I now have to compete for internships with my mother’s friends??”

Moments later, her grandmother sent me a message on Facebook saying, “Wow, that’s a great idea for me!”


Where Are They Now: Jonathan Fields

Jonathan Fields, lawyer/serial entrepreneur/author/marketer

Jonathan Fields

I’m starting a new interview series where I’ll be catching up with people at various stages of a career transition or reinvention. In some cases, the subjects will be folks I’ve profiled before, as is the case with my first guest, Jonathan Fields. I met Jonathan in the Fall of 2001 when I interviewed him for this New York Times article on businesses that were thriving in post-9/11 New York City. At that time, Jonathan had recently left a position as an associate with Debevoise and Plimpton to open Sonic Yoga, a yoga studio in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen.

In 2003, I wrote a follow-up story on him for the Times, this time focusing on Jonathan’s path from corporate lawyer to entrepreneurial yogi.

Jonathan is in the midst of yet another identity shift as he has just published his first book, Career Renegade, which is steadily climbing the Amazon rankings.
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From Journalist to Novelist

Linda Villarosa writes a guest post on the challenge of moving from journalist to novelist.

A Chat With an Olympic Icon, Eric Heiden

A conversation with 1980 Olympic champion, Eric Heiden, about his post-Olympic career as an orthopedic surgeon.

When Your Career Has a Mirror Image

Why it is a good idea to find people whose careers mirror yours.

Career Perspectives, From the Streets

First Step, a program that helps homeless, formerly homeless and low-income women get jobs, offers some valuable career tips for the rest of the population.

Still Talking About Those Encore Careers

Some additional thoughts for those seeking encore careers.

The Art of the Farewell E-Mail

Some reflections -- and an example -- of how to craft the perfect mass e-mail advising contacts of a change in job status.

Starting Businesses as an Encore for Women

Exploring entrepreneurship as an option for women in later life.


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