Having seen companies spend literally millions on Out-Placement, Career Coaches and Career Advisors for the business leaders they have let go, we know how important it is to choose your Career Strategy Advisor wisely!

What was once called outplacement, and involved shifting through an old floppy disc of potential contacts in organisations to target your cold CV at, plus a little off-the-shelf realism and interview practice, now executives and business leaders have far more complex and individual needs to help them navigate an extremely competitive job market. Hence they turn to Career Strategy Advisors.

First things first, there is no shame in being fired, made redundant, or let go, in fact if it never happens to you, you are not taking the risks required to become an outstanding performer.

But when the inevitable does happen, you need to choose where you spend your money very carefully. Choosing the right Career Strategy Advisor will help you take the short cut to career success, whilst choosing poorly will simply mean flushing your money and time down the proverbial career drain!

Here are five key criteria that are essential in choosing the right Career Strategy Advisor, no matter where you sit in the hierarchy of your organisation.

1. Someone who has been fired! – If they haven’t been fired, they have never taken a career risk, that’s not what you want from a Career Advisor.

2. Someone who has recruited at the highest level in the Job Market! If they don’t understand the senior search market, how can they advise you about it?

3. Someone with commercial Grey hairs, but who is still relevant today. – Expertise and experience is great, but someone who was yesterday’s man (and all too often it is a man) is not so great. Pick someone who is still actively involved in business.

4. Someone who will coach and support, not just tell and preach. A capable and qualified coach can make a huge difference to the effectiveness of the sessions you have with them.

5. Someone who delivers results quickly. Whilst it may take months to find the right role, it doesn’t have to. Choose a coach who will help you find quick practical answers and solutions.

If you find yourself in a position where you need support and advice in preparing for your next career move, or if you need some tips in selecting a new supplier for your organisation, click here to find out more.