I’ve been helping a couple friends through the job search process recently. One of them jokingly calls me coach which I flatly deny that I’m a coach, but still love that she calls me it. The lesson I’ve learned is that searching for a job is hard. I think many of us take this for granted when we have a job and when we’re searching for people. Job searches are a true emotional roller coaster of highs and lows.
As I’ve seen my friends go through these emotional ups and downs, I’ve realized how important it is to have a great support system to help you get through the process. It’s invaluable to have a “coach” who you can turn to for advice, counsel, and confidence.
Sometimes during the job search you just need someone who is clear-headed to help you work through the challenging decisions you have to make when looking at your next career move. Other times, you need that person to infuse some confidence in you as you head into a job interview or spend time networking and applying for jobs.
It’s amazing how valuable people like this can be. However, this doesn’t just apply to job searches. It applies throughout your career. We’ve all been in situations where we felt like we were at the bottom of the barrel and you just needed someone to come and pick you up. Having a trusted network of people who you can connect with for advice and a morale boost is essential for success.
While some people are afraid to ask for help, what they don’t realize is that they’re depriving their friends and colleagues the opportunity to experience one of the best joys in life: helping someone else. Certainly, the job searcher or the downtrodden employee benefits from having someone lift their spirits, but the beautiful part os that it lifts the spirit of the “coach” as well.
If you’ve never had this experience as someone who has a “coach” or the joys of being a “coach” to someone else, try it out. You’ll love it. There’s no better way to bond with someone than to help someone out or allowing someone to help you out.