Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I’m not sure if career coaching would help me?  

Please call schedule a free, no-pressure consultation to discuss your situation and I’ll honestly tell you if I feel if I can help you or not. Here’s the link: www.CoachingConsultation.com  

How many coaching sessions will I need?  

It typically takes two coaching sessions for clients to identify alternate job and career options that appeal to them. Some clients will opt for a 3rd coaching session to explore more job and career ideas… or to get coaching on their resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile.  

What do I get from career clarity coaching with you?  

At the end of the second coaching session, each client receives a list of very specific alternate job and career ideas that I believe could be a possible match for them and specific research strategies to investigate those ideas so they can choose the right career direction for them.  

I’m skeptical that you can help me identify new job and career ideas in 2 coaching sessions.  

I understand. Many people have told me that before they worked with me.  

I have developed and refined a concrete, 3-step system that has helped thousands of people to identify appealing job and career options in two coaching sessions. Part of the reason the process is quick is because clients and I do a lot prep work before for each session… so we can be sure our sessions are effective.  

Additionally, I have an encyclopedic knowledge of the jobs and careers that enables me to identify alternate job and career options quickly.  

Once in a while, I’ll have a clarity coaching client who chooses to schedule a 3rd clarity coaching session to explore more career ideas. I’m certainly okay with that.  

Truth to be told, career clarity coaching doesn’t need to take very long and I think many coaches have long processes because they don’t have a concrete system to identify good job and career options for clients… and the coach earns more money by selling more coaching sessions.  

I’ve completed other career assessments (or previously worked with another career coach) that didn’t help. How is your career clarity coaching program different?  

I believe the popular career assessments (e.g. Johnson O’Connor, Myers Briggs, DISC, and Strengths Finder) are typically ineffective because they place far too much emphasis on the wrong things – traits and personality. While those can influence career choices, I believe the right job and career uses skills we are good at and enjoy, avoids the skills we want to stay away from, and aligns with our personal interests and motivations.  

Over the past decade, I have developed and polished a concreate system that helps each client to quickly identify the key ingredients of the right job and career for them… and then matches them to specific job and career options that fit them far better than the career suggestions offered by the most popular assessments.  

Is there commitment, contract or a required number of sessions?  

I do not use a contract, and there is no commitment of any kind. Contracts & commitments benefit &oaches - not clients. I let clients buy one career coaching session at a time because clients have different needs and they move at different paces… and I know if I’m doing a good job and a cient needs more coaching, they’ll come back.  

How long does your career clarity coaching process take? How much time is there between career coaching sessions?  

I let my clients decide when they want to have a coaching session.  

Some clients are in a hurry to discover alternate job and career options, and they will schedule their two coaching sessions in one week. Some clients will spread their two coaching sessions over a couple of months. Most clients choose to have their second coaching session 1 to 3 weeks after their first session.  

If we work together, you decide the pace of our work.  

Can I talk with you to see if your services are a good match for me?

I invite you to schedule a free career coaching consultation with me.  

We'll talk for 15 minutes by phone about your career situation and the step-by-step system I've used to help more than 5,000 people in the NYC area to discover the best job and career options for them.  

The consultations are by telephone, so they are easy and convenient.  

There are three easy ways to arrange a free consultation session.  

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What is your price/fee for sessions?  

The fee for a clarity coaching session is $190. The fee for resume coaching, job search coaching and interview coaching is $175.  

  Is there a sale tax on your services?  

No, there are no sales taxes on Coaching Services in New York.  

Can clients record their coaching session?  

Yes. We cover a lot of content in each coaching session and I strongly recommend that clients record their coaching sessions. It’s a resource that you’ll use and benefit from for many years.  

Do you recommend certain types of jobs to people who are already in a certain type of field?  

No. One of the problems with career books and articles is that they lump people into group under the false belief that people in similar careers have similar skills, interests, traits, etc.  

For example, a career book for accountants who want to make a career change might recommend 20 specific options for accountants. Or a career book for teachers who want to change careers, might recommend 25 specific options for teachers.  

That just doesn’t work because every person has their own set of best and weak skills, personal interests, motivations and personality traits.  

In my coaching work, I get to know each client as a completely unique individual, and I recommend job and career ideas that are unique matches for them.  

Have you worked with people in my type of job?  

I’ve had the pleasure of working with more than 6,000 professionals from nearly every type of position, across nearly every industry. That said, I don’t know the gas or oil industries at all. I'm also not familiar with mechancial engineering or chemical engineering roles. If you’re doing very unusual work and are considering hiring me to support your success, please set up a complimentary coaching consultation (www.CoachingConsultation.com) and I’ll listen to your situation and tell you if I can help you or not.  

Can you help people who are unemployed?  

Absolutely. About 15% of my clients were unemployed when they hired me to help them.  

Can you help people who have been out of the workforce for a while?  

Yes, I’ve worked successfully with clients who were out of the workforce for periods ranging from 1 year to more than 7 years.  

Do you help people my age?  

I’ve helped more than 6,000 clients, ranging in age from 20 to 73.  

   

Can you help me if I don’t have a college degree?  

There are a few answers to this: • If you have a college degree (or have earned many college credits), chances are very good I can help you • If you don’t have a college degree, but you have been working in a professional role for 10 years or so, I can probably help you. Please schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your situation for my honest assessment. • If you have earned no or few college credits and have no professional experience, unfortunately, I probably can’t help you – I have an exceptional knowledge of jobs and careers that typically require college degrees.  

Can you help people who feel traumatized by their current work situation / boss?  

A number of my clients are in work (or life) situations that cause them to doubt their skills and abilities… and have caused them to lose self-confidence and hope. I’m not a therapist, but I have found my work with clients helps them to recognize / discover their valuable skills and experience and regain enough confidence so they can move their careers forward.  

My situation is unique and I’m not sure you’ll be able to help me.  

The variety of clients and their situations keeps my job very interesting. I love supporting people’s success. I invite you to call me for a free consultation to discuss your unique situation and my honest assessment if I can help you move your career forward.  

Do you ever tell people that you can’t help them?  

Yes. I treat my clients the same way I’d wanted to be treated by the people I hire to support my success. Before accepting a client, I schedule a complimentary consultation to learn about a client’s situation to make sure I feel I can help them.  

If I don’t feel I can help, I tell people honestly why I’m not the right coach for them. It’s not good for the client or me when career coaching isn’t effective and I’m very honest with people when I don’t think I can help them.  

Can I make a career transition without taking a pay cut?  

When I work with clients, I always try to identify job and career options that leverage their skills, knowledge and experience so they can start at the highest salary possible. Some clients earn more (sometimes far more) when they make their career transition. Others transition at a salary similar to their current incomes. Some, especially high-income earners, do take an initial pay cut so they can transition to a new job and career that is more satisfying in other important ways.  

I’m trying to decide if I should stay in my current field or make a transition… can you help?  

While most of my clients know they want to change careers, some of my clients want to evaluate their current situation and discover what their options are… so they can then make the most informed career decision.  

What days/times do you offer coaching?  

I offer ‘in-person’ and phone coaching sessions from 10 am to 10 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  

I offer phone coaching on Tuesdays, Thursdays and some weekends in the morning and late evenings.  

Can I contact you between coaching sessions?  

Some career coaches offer an all-inclusive coaching package that requires a minimum number of coaching sessions (typically 6 to 12) and offers email support between coaching sessions. These coaching packages typically cost $1,500 to $2,500. Coaches that offer these packages know that many customers will drop out of the process before they use all of the session… but the coach still gets paid their large fee.  

I think that’s wrong.  

To offer an affordable and fair solution, I sell my career expertise and advise by time. My clients only pay for the time they use. If a client wants some quick advice between coaching sessions, I offer Quick Question Coaching sessions by phone that cost just $37. That said, fewer than 5% of my clients seek advice between coaching session.  

  

Do you only help clients who live or work in NYC?  

While 80% of my clients live or work in the NYC area, about 20% of my clients have lived in more than 20 states, including District of Columbia, CA, Denver, Mass, Minn, NC, Florida, Texas, WA, ILL, AZ, and RI.  

Chances are good that I can support your career success if you currently (or will) live in metropolitan areas with more than 100,000 residents.  

What should I do if I’m not sure if career coaching would be helpful to me?  

Please click here to set up a complimentary career coaching consultation to discuss your situation and get my honest assessment if I can help you.