I came across an interesting statistic published by AON. It was discovered 54% of US women feel they are “paid fairly for the work they do” vs 65% of US men. There may be various reasons behind this statistic, but negotiating your salary is something that many people do not feel comfortable with.

In asking for a raise, preparation and timing are key. Obviously each situation is unique. You first want to draft what you should say during that conversation. This may take multiple tries. Address the goals you accomplished. Bring up why the work you produce is valuable. I discovered most people lack communicating what was is in it for the employer or manager. Don’t leave that part out. Appealing to the needs of the organization will set your conversation apart from your co-worker’s request.

Now, you need to time that conversation strategically. Usually employees plan these conversations when they need the money. But that may not jive well with your employer’s timeline. Do you bring it up during a performance review? Or when your manager is setting budgets for the next fiscal year?

If you received your raise, make sure you properly thank your manager with a personal note. If there were others involved in that decision, make sure to thank them to. Then follow through with the commitments you made during that conversation.

Let’s say you didn’t get the raise you requested. If your manager comes to you and said that they took a hard look at things and cannot do it at this time, thank them for looking into the request. Assure them that you are still committed to continue with your best work and you would like them to revisit it when there is a better opportunity.

The next step you take is up to you.

There may be several times in your career when working with a career coach would be beneficial. Perhaps you are looking for your first job and need some pointers. Or you don’t enjoy your current work and want to explore a change.

Working with a career coach is a great opportunity for both career and personal growth. Here are the top five reasons why working with a career coach is a good choice.

  1. Get advice for YOU!

General career advice will only get you so far. Your career situation is unique, so the career advice you receive should be tailored to you.

  1. Dedicated time.

This works both ways between you and your career coach. You receive individualized attention from your career coach. This allows the coach to understand your unique situation and provide direction based on

In the same token, you carve out time to focus on your goals and career needs. Time that you may have said in the past that you were too busy for or you thought you would eventually get to. Year after year goes by and   A career coach can show you simple strategic ways to improve your career situation without adding to the mountain of responsibilities you have.

  1. Unbiased advice for YOU.

Let’s face it, there are goals others want us to achieve and there are goals we want to achieve. Career coaching allows you to separate out

You have an idea – you want to switch careers, go back to school for a new career, or start a business. So you pitch that idea to your friend and mom. They often give great advice, but the problem is that their advice will be biased because they know you TOO well. They may not have the experience to be able to give you a solid foundation in the area you are seeking.

For example, a common question to kick off an interview is, “Tell me about yourself”. You might not feel comfortable experimenting with your elevator pitch with someone that will respond, “Tell them about the time when you were running late

Sometimes too much familiarity isn’t a good thing. Career coaching allows you to think through ideas and experiment in a low-stakes kind of way.

  1. Experience.

A career coach helps you discover your unique strengths. Then they work with you to confidently communicate those strengths in order to reach your goals. A career coach helps you go from ideas to action. They are able to do this through experience. Look for a career coach that has experience in hiring people and managing others. This experience is invaluable as they help you explore your options.

  1. Become comfortable with YOU.

You probably have heard about being authentic or branding yourself. What does that really mean?

Let’s say you have a friend that has a job we want. So, we try to copy that friend to land a similar job. We imitate how they dress, speak and even their LinkedIn profile. Then you get that job and you are disappointed. Why? Because you were not being you. You have unique talents and strengths that only you can capitalize on to have a successful and rewarding career. A career coach helps you promote your brand to your employer or prospective employers.


This might be all well and good, but who can afford a career coach? The best thing about working with Insight Career Solutions is you receive a free career strategy session and can choose between individual sessions focused on your needs or you can select a package which bundles individual sessions at a lower price. You do not get a cookie cutter approach to your career goals. Get more information at info@insightsolutionspro.com today.

  A career coach supports and encourages clients on their careers. With guidance from a career coach, a client sets clear professional goals, establishes a plan and receives assistance on executing the plan. These clients could be seeking help with finding a job, life and work balance, a career transition or leadership development.

Career Coach Backgrounds

The backgrounds of career coaches can widely vary. Some career coaches have clinical psychology backgrounds while other have experienced difficult career transitions and want to help others. I know several career coaches who started as resume writers and transitioned into career coaching. I am a firm believer that to help the client reach their career goals, a strong career coach should have a background of hiring or managing employees themselves. Real world experience gives their clients a competitive advantage.

What to Expect from Career Coaching

Job searches and transitions can create frustration and anxiety. A career coach works through these emotions to move a client forward. Clients can expect to gain career confidence. A good career coach can assists clients in identifying strengths and core competencies and may have assessments available to open up more opportunities to their client. A good career coach offers a customizable approach to help YOU.

Benefits of Working with a Career Coach

Just as you may go to a doctor for a medical concern or an attorney for a legal issue, it makes sense to turn to a career coach to guide you on your career journey. Career coaches prepare you for successful results. Clients working with career coaches often report higher earnings, being better prepared and getting hired faster.

Many clients have difficulty defining their core strengths. A career coach can readily see strengths that the client cannot see. Clients then learn how to communicate these strengths to potential employers.

A career coach works for you, not the employer. They can act as a sounding board and help the client stay focused on their career goals. A career coach can even help clients develop answers to tough questions such as addressing gaps in work history, conflicts in the workplace, and discussing your weaknesses.

Preparing for Your Career Coach

Choosing to work with a career coach is very exciting. There are some key steps clients can take that help the career coaching process. First of all, think through your needs and potential challenges. It’s a good idea to update your resume prior to meeting with your coach. Even if it needs revision, it serves as a good starting point to work with.

Next, ask yourself some important clarifying questions.

  • What do I enjoy doing?
  • What am I naturally good at?
  • What do others say are my strengths?
  • What do I value in a job?
  • What motivates me?

Keep an open mind during the career coaching process. You may be asked to complete challenging homework outside of your comfort zone. Always keep the lines of communication open. If you have questions, ask. If you disagree with something your career coach says, talk to them about it.

Are you ready to work with a career coach? Together, we can create a customized plan for your career journey.