"It's about managing the client's own message in their own way and on their terms," said Segal, owner of Segal Coaching.
Segal, who spent 15 years as an attorney, has joined the ranks of a niche profession known as career coaching.
A career coach "will help someone get clarity of what their career or job [goals] are, help establish a plan … and be a partner in that journey," said Magdalena Mook, executive director and CEO of the International Coach Federation.
The types of things that career coaches help clients with can range from tactical actions, such as helping someone create a greater presence on social media, to more emotional/individual issues, like helping workers improve their work-life boundaries.
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Although the national average hourly charge for a career coach is $215, the ICF cautions that the rate you will pay depends on where you live. In a high-cost city such as New York, the hourly charge might be $500. In a small town somewhere, that amount might be $100.
Mook said that before hiring a coach, you should talk to at least two or three coaches to ensure you decide on one who is a good match, with a strong level of trust in the coach's process.
The easiest way to find a coach is to go to the ICF website at Coachfederation.org. Through the site's Coach Referral Service, you can cull from the group's membership based on criteria you input.
The more complicated your situation—i.e., you hate your job but have zero clue what you'd rather do—the more time you can expect to spend with your coach, which will result in a greater expense.