What I gained from my Career Coach

This is Part 2 in a three-part series written by Bailey, a recent college graduate and InsideTrack intern, about her experience with InsideTrack Career Coaching. Continue reading about Bailey’s journey in Part 3.

1. Ability to organize my thoughts

A lot of the major benefits I received from working with my coach was having the opportunity to organize my thoughts and get a professional’s advice on what I was working through. Before coaching, I felt overwhelmed by what felt like a huge list of tasks I needed to complete before I could finally land a job. Even wading through all of the resources that were available to help me out was tough. Simply speaking with my coach made it easier to figure out what I really wanted, and what steps I needed to take to get there. Plus, having someone there who’s completely behind you along the way is really reassuring.

2. On-target advice

Tips from Kim helped me update my resume, which gave me great features to incorporate into my LinkedIn profile. Already, I can see that I’m getting a lot more views and interest from recruiters online. Working with Kim also gave me new ideas for crafting my cover letters. Compared with the cover letters I submitted before I started coaching, my new materials represent my skills in a much more accurate and effective way. I’ve learned better techniques for connecting the different experiences I’ve had with the specific skills a company is looking for.

3. Instant feedback

Since editing my resume was one of the larger issues I was working through, it was really nice to be able to address those problems during the meeting. I’d come to our meeting with a few specific questions and get advice right away from a professional coach. Sometimes the questions I’d puzzled over for days got resolved in a matter of minutes. For instance, I’m from Pittsburgh, but I’m open to moving somewhere else for a job. However, I worried that once people saw the Pittsburgh address on my resume or from my profile, I’d be out of the running for jobs in other locations. My coach helped me solve the problem with a simple tip: put “Open to Relocation” on my resume. The solution was a perfect example of why one-on-one career support makes all the difference. It would have been impossible to sort through all of the noise online to find an easy fix for a problem I’d been struggling with.

4. A personalized career map

When I first began looking for an internship at the beginning of my junior year, I went to a career services employee on campus to help me revise the resume I had at the time. She was very helpful, but since I still didn’t know what kind of job I wanted, the resources I left with were fairly generic. I didn’t know how I could stand out from the thousands of other applicants that I would be going against. Being able to express what I’m looking for and forming a personal connection with my coach allowed me to gain personalized help that paid off. By asking the perfect questions, my coach helped me figure out what I wanted to do, and identify the steps that would get me there.

Next: Get the details on Bailey’s new job search strategies. 


This was Part 2 in a a three-part series written by Bailey, a recent college graduate and InsideTrack intern, about her experience with InsideTrack Career Coaching. Continue reading about Bailey’s journey in Part 3 or read Part 1 if you missed it.

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