Dear Job Doctor, Would you advise seeking help from a career coach if you have no idea what to do?

The Job Doctor has asked one of Luxembourg’s leading Career Coaches, Dr Keith Amoss, for his thoughts.

Thanks for forwarding the question Darren. In fact, that’s exactly when you would want to use a professional career coach. Because if you are struggling with the next career move you really need some independent help to untangle your options.

Let’s take some typical scenarios:

• You have unexpectedly been “let go” by your employer, or fear that it is on the horizon.
• You have recently moved to Luxembourg and are looking for a suitable job.
• Perhaps because of an unfortunate incident, or the way you have been treated, you realise that the values of your present employer do not match your own.
• You might like your current career and employer, but something does not feel right in the workplace and your confidence is sagging.
• You are returning to work after long illness or maternity, but have not yet found the right employment.

Whatever the reason, you simply cannot see the next logical career move.

We are all different, based on our experiences, cultures, knowledge, skills, competencies, desires, values and attitudes. We have strengths and developmental areas.

Truly understanding your capabilities and emotional and personality traits is essential for determining the career path which would be best for you.

Career coaching is not psychology or psychotherapy. A coach does not use a couch. Instead of spending time on what doesn’t work, your career coach will look at who and where you are, today, and help you decide exactly where you want to go. Effective coaching will be deep, meaningful and able to bring about real change.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as: “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

A career coach will help you to see yourself as others may see you and will work with your personal obstacles so you can be at your best. You will be able to plan your future based on deeper insights and newly found confidence.

Once you truly know yourself and what you want then other practical steps can be taken. Your coach can help you to prepare a killer resumé, learn the techniques to network effectively, explain how best to scour the job market and how to make effective contact with recruitment specialists. You can even role play with your coach to hone your interview skills.

The process is friendly and collaborative, but not soft and fluffy. Your coach will have no hesitation in challenging you to find solutions and will ask difficult questions for your own benefit. But, as a result, you can be clear on your desired career choices and in turn help the recruiter find the best match for you.

Keith Amoss PhD, is a Fellow of the UK's Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is a professionally qualified career coach and on the Board of the International Coach Federation, Luxembourg. Website: www.keithamoss.com

Darren Robinson is the Managing Partner at Anderson Wise, an independent local recruitment firm in Luxembourg. www.andersonwise.com