Simply put your career coaching fees depend entirely on the career coaching you deliver. Here are three coaching models that can take you from ramen noodles to filet mignon. As always your income is driven by the results that you deliver for your client. Understand your client, their dreams, desires and talents. Then be an active agent in their achieving them, and you will be dinning on the best, and have superstars lining up to be your clients!
When Is Being a Career Coach Like Being a High School Guidance Councilor?
The answer is “most of the time”. That is when you listen to your client, what they enjoy doing and what they loath. And then consult the stars and give them pat-answers reinforced by the latest report on employment trends published by the government. Simple career coaching. Minimal career coaching fees. Ramen noodles.
Career Coaching that Takes the Measure of the Candidate
The next step up in career coaching fees comes from a look down into your client. Begin with in-depth interviews and then plumb the depths with a battery of assessments that identify the DISC personality style, value profile and natural strengths and talents of your client. Match these results with the professions where your client’s results match those of superstars. Now step back and see where your client’s visions of themselves match their heroes – probably developed from youthful recollections, books and the movies. Resolve these and assessment profiles with the “yes, I can see myself doing that” reflections. Now you, as the career coach, can make recommendations rich in meaning and possibility.
To Earn the Highest Career Coaching Fees, You must also Help to Make It Happen
That’s right high career coaching fees don’t come from just giving a little advice. You have to help make it happen. You have to help your client work out career strategies and then implement them. When your client comes up short, you have to identify disempowering beliefs and emotional blocks. You must use strategy coaching to get them past these and accountability coaching to keep them on track. And if you do, you can ask for career coaching fees that parallel the fees earned by career headhunters, which is to say, a significant percentage of your client’s executive salary. And now you are eating steak.
JTS Advisors Strategy and Accountability Coach