"If I were you, I would just stay with your employer."
"You need to be paid more than what they are offering."
"Just leave. You can find other jobs."
"Hand out your resume to everyone you meet. Sooner or later, you'll land a job."
This is just some of the advice you'll hear when you're looking for a job. There's enough information and advice on career issues to make your head spin, yet most people wait until they have exhausted all their resources before seeking a career-development professional.
Career guidance often comes from colleagues, bosses and family members who have long employment histories and have "been around the block." Their wisdom and experience can be very helpful, and the benefits of their mentoring can be immeasurable. In fact, it helps to have your own board of career directors with whom to brainstorm ideas and goals throughout your career.
If you find yourself needing more insight and guidance than friends or coworkers can provide, reaching out to a career coach or counselor can be a good investments of time and resources. The truth is, a job search takes a lot of effort, and most people need help.
Your career is a big part of your life, and it's typically where you spend the majority of your time. You'll probably change jobs 3-7 times over the course of your career and each move takes thought and planning. Working with a career-development professional might be one of the best investments you can make.