Today I met with a career coach that I might hire to help me with my job transition. He worked with a friend of mine a few years ago and was highly recommended. He turned out to be a nice guy, as I suspected he would, and, while I know he is making a pitch for my business, gave me a lot of insights after an hour conversation and some interesting questions. Most interviewers go back to my first job, they discuss my work, my career, my “best job/worst job” opinions. Standard stuff. Frank (not his real name) went all the way back to junior high. We talked very little about work for the 1st 30 minutes, but instead, focused on sports and my music and friendships and plans for college and how I did once I got there.
I knew he was analyzing me, that is what it was all about, but his questions were oblique enough that he kept me guessing and made the game of “analyzing the analysis” even more fun. Finally we talked about work and career and goals, and I think he got a lot things 100% right. I like to keep people happy, I like to make tings work better for the next time, I like working with people so they want to do their jobs better, and I think that technology can give them a lot of the tools they need.
The next time we talk I told him I wanted his full sales pitch, we both know it’s coming so why not admit it and stop pretending that he’s not on the phone out of charity, it’s how he makes his living. That will happen next week, I think.