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An entire field in the consulting industry has sprung up to help you find the right job. Most who work in this arena call themselves either “career counselors” or “career coaches.” These professionals charge a fee to make your job search or career change more successful. But how do you know whether or not you really need the help?

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You may be out of work and looking for a job, looking to switch careers, or stuck deciding about your career interests. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, think carefully about your needs before choosing.

An entire field in the consulting industry has sprung up to help you find the right job. Most who work in this arena call themselves either “career counselors” or “career coaches.” These professionals charge a fee to make your job search or career change more successful. But how do you know whether or not you really need the help?

You may be out of work and looking for a job, looking to switch careers, or stuck deciding about your career interests. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, think carefully about your needs before choosing.

Evaluate Your Situation

  • Ask yourself: What factors could be hindering my ability to get the job I want? Use the following questions to guide you:
  • Am I unclear about what I want to do and whether my goals are realistic?  
  • Are there few jobs of any kind in my region or in my field?
  • Am I too busy to develop a good job-search plan?
  • Is a lack of self-confidence holding me back?
  • Am I talking to someone who knows what it’s like to be job hunting at my age?

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