Four Signs You Are Ready To Hire A Career Coach (And One Sign You’re Not)

Author, speaker, coach and founder of Cheryl Czach Coaching, helping high-achieving professionals and organizations accomplish what’s next. 

As a career and leadership coach, it is my job to support clients in navigating their career journey. Often when people seek out my services, they are in some sort of career crisis. Never has this been truer than right now. Unemployment is high. Families are realizing they may need to make adjustments to accommodate virtual schooling. And this global pandemic has many questioning their career goals and asking: What does a successful career really look like?

If you are considering making a career shift or, like many, have found yourself unexpectedly unemployed, a seasoned career coach has the tools and expertise to help you improve your career (or at least get some clarity on how you define career success) just as you might hire a golf pro to improve your game. 

CIO.com makes the case for career coaching this way, “These experts often have specific training in areas such as resume building, career and succession planning and coaching and motivation, and they know how to identify and build on your best personal and professional qualities to help you become more successful in your career.” 

But you may be wondering if hiring a career coach is worth the (sometimes hefty) price tag. After all, career coaches can charge between $75 and $150 per hour with higher-end services costing between $250 and $500 per hour — or more. With fees like those, it can be difficult to determine if investing in a coach is worth the splurge, especially during tough economic times. How do you know if investing in a career coach is right for you?

Here are four reasons to hire a coach — and one reason not to: 

What got you here won’t get you there.

You are ready to step onto the next rung of the career ladder but realize that what made you successful as an individual contributor is not necessarily what will make you successful as a leader. Perhaps you’ve gotten feedback that you need to improve specific skills or maybe your confidence needs a boost. Whatever the reason, you realize that what has gotten you to this point in your career isn’t necessarily what will get you to the next step.

In fact, if a leadership role is next on the horizon it will require a completely different set of tools, as was pointed out in The Balance Careers last year: “People who are highly competent at their jobs naturally associate their technical or specialized acumen with their success — it becomes part of their professional and personal identity. What they fail to recognize is that the rules of survival and success have changed—with less emphasis placed on their specialized knowledge and more placed on their ability to deliver business results through others.”

Working with an experienced career coach, in particular, one who has held the roles you aspire to, can help you to identify

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Here’s why Bill Belichick says Romeo Crennel is the best coach he’s ever worked with in Hall of Fame career

For all the years Bill Belichick and Romeo Crennel have coached in the NFL, the Week 11 matchup between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans will be just the second time the coaches have squared off against each other. The last time Belichick and Crennel matched up as head coaching opponents was in Week 5 of the 2007 season, when Crennel was in his third season coaching the Cleveland Browns and Belichick was in his eighth year with New England. 

Belichick and Crennel have been on the same coaching staff for a long time, the most notable stint from 2001 to 2004, when Crennel was the defensive coordinator for Belichick’s first three Super Bowl titles with the Patriots. Belichick owes Crennel plenty for his coaching success in the NFL, deeming his former assistant the best coach he’s ever worked with. 

“He’s a great addition to any staff,” Belichick said Wednesday. “I had been very, very fortunate to work with him throughout my career, starting with the Giants when he came in ’81 and we spent a lot of time together. I’ve learned so much from him. He’s an excellent teacher, a great communicator, motivator, fundamental coach with a very good grasp of the big picture, as well as the finer details of pretty much every position and every little scheme. 

“So, I’ve been very fortunate to work with a lot of great coaches in my career, but he would be at the very top of that list. I think the world of him and appreciate his friendship and have a tremendous amount of respect for what he’s accomplished in his career and great appreciation for all that he’s done to not only help me as a head coach, but when we were both assistants and we worked alongside each other, he was a great teammate and person that I learned probably a lot more from than I would have taught him. He’s a great man, a great coach.”

Crennel came to the Giants in 1981 as a special teams coach and a defensive assistant, working with Belichick on Bill Parcells’ staff (Belichick joined the Giants with Parcells in 1979). He served as a special teams coach until 1989 before being promoted to defensive line coach. When Parcells was hired by the Patriots in 1993, Crennel joined him on his staff as the defensive line coach as Belichick reunited with him in 1996 after his firing from the Cleveland Browns. Crennel and Belichick served under Parcells on the New York Jets coaching staff for three years, as Crennel was a defensive line coach under Belichick — who was the defensive coordinator. 

Belichick hired Crennel in 2001 to be his defensive coordinator and New England finished with a top 10 scoring defense in three of his four seasons — including a top-two ranking in 2003 and 2004. Belichick and Crennel haven’t coached together since the Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX as Crennel was hired by the

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Advice From a Financial Pro: A Career Coach Wants to Invest in Property

Tracy Timm’s career-coaching business has withstood the pandemic and she just published her first book, a step-by-step guide to discovering the ideal career. Now, Ms. Timm, age 33, is looking to buy property, either as a home or investment.

A property in Dallas, where she currently lives, likely would cost more than $300,000, she says. Ms. Timm also is thinking about replacing her existing car, perhaps with a used SUV from 2017 or 2018 with a $35,000 price tag.

Ms. Timm expects her business to generate $165,000 in revenue this year, up from $145,000 in 2019. She pays herself $55,000 annually and has been investing any extra money she has into the business.

She has $60,000 in a Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Arrangement (known as a SEP IRA), $5,000 in a checking account and $11,000 in a savings account. She recently began making weekly $100 deposits into both her SEP IRA and savings account.

Although Ms. Timm has no consumer debt outstanding, she borrowed about $12,000 from friends and family to start her business. The business also took a $78,000 Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the Small Business Administration this year to cover payroll, office space and other expenses. She doesn’t service these loans from her own paycheck; rather, the business makes the monthly payments.

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Coronavirus updates for college football Week 12: Louisiana coach tests positive

Just three days after No. 25 Louisiana’s game against Central Arkansas was canceled — with 33 players out after positive coronavirus tests and contact tracing — the team announced on Twitter Saturday that coach Billy Napier had tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the statement, Napier began to exhibit symptoms Tuesday evening before self-isolating. When Napier’s symptoms persisted, he took a PCR test Friday and received a positive result Saturday.

Pending a successful recovery, Napier and the Ragin’ Cajuns are expected to travel separately to Monroe, Louisiana, for a Nov. 28 game against Louisiana Monroe. 

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Louisiana (7-1, 5-1 Sun Belt) had already endured coronavirus issues before this week’s outbreak. Seven starters missed the Ragin’ Cajuns’ victory over Georgia Southern in September. Two players missed last week’s win over South Alabama for COVID-related reasons. Their game against Appalachian State was postponed to Dec. 4.



a man holding a baseball bat: UL coach Billy Napier tested positive for COVID-19.


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UL coach Billy Napier tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier Saturday, one of the biggest ACC college football games of the season was postponed between No. 4 Clemson and Florida State in Tallahassee. The teams’ medical personnel could not mutually agree on moving forward with the game, the ACC said

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Washington coach mum on starting QB vs. Cal; San Jose State QB honored

In Jimmy Lake’s debut as Washington head coach, he’s not going to share anything about who his starting quarterback will be before Saturday’s opener at Cal.

“Great question. I guess we will find out about 7:34 p.m. Pacific time, right around there on Saturday night,” Lake said Monday.

No bigger question surrounds Lake’s first game in charge of the Huskies than who will be under center against the Bears. After several weeks of practice and a few scrimmages, Lake is still keeping the decision under wraps as to which of his four options will take that first snap.

The favorite from the start has appeared to be graduate transfer Kevin Thomson because he has the most experience. Thomson was the Big Sky Conference offensive player of the year last year at Sacramento State before deciding to transfer back home to finish his college career at Washington.

Thomson threw 450 passes and 27 touchdowns in 2019. Washington’s other three QB options — Jacob Sirmon, Dylan Morris and Ethan Garbers — have combined to throw three passes in college, all of them by Sirmon last season.

Whoever the starter is, he will direct a new offense under first-year offensive coordinator John Donovan. Lake has also said the Huskies could use multiple QBs to start and all four were listed as potential starters on the depth chart.

“If there’s a guy that can just take over the reins and be the guy, then he’ll be the guy,” Lake said. “But from a defensive standpoint, if there’s a guy back there that can just take control, that’s difficult to defend. If there’s a two-headed monster back there, that’s difficult to defend. We’re going to do whatever is best for our team to make sure we get victories.”

Washington has been blessed with experience at the position for years. Jake Browning was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Huskies and Jacob Eason brought one year’s worth of experience starting in the SEC when he took over for Browning last season.

San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel was named Mountain West bOffensive Player of the Week.

San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel was named Mountain West bOffensive Player of the Week.

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Lake said his decision to not announce the starter comes from a competitive standpoint. His predecessor, Chris Petersen, did the same ahead of Browning’s first game in 2015.

Honor for Spartan: San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel was named the Mountain West Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week. The grad transfer from Arkansas completed 34 of 47 passes for 467 yards and five touchdowns in the Spartans’ 38-21 win over New Mexico on Saturday. The Spartans will try to go 3-0 for the first time since 1982 when they face San Diego State (2-0) in Carson (Los Angeles County) on Friday night.

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Briefly: Pittsburgh safety Paris Ford, a redshirt junior and an All-ACC selection last season, has opted out of the Panthers’ final four games. … The SEC docked Florida coach Dan Mullen $25,000 for his role in a benches-clearing brawl

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SLC launches ‘Coach Education App’

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has launched a ‘Coach Education App’, introducing one of the most sought-after Digital facilities to help its Cricket Coaches develop and enhance their knowledge at the comfort of their own homes using a mobile or a personal computer.

The new free app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, which is open for coaches of the SLC High Performance Centres, Clubs, Provincial, District and School level. Apart from that, coaches who conduct Private Cricket Academies and hold Coaching Licences issued by SLC can also use the ‘Coach Education App’.

Jerome Jayaratne, the Chief Cricket Operation Officer of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), has mentioned that the new app enables Cricket coaches to continue to engage with their Coach Educators in a way that is more valuable to them and it is another value-add programme that was introduced on behalf of Sri Lanka Cricket. The newly-built app consists of Education articles, Online Classroom facilities,

Skill Video Library, Coaching pathway, Information on Upcoming Coach Education Programmes, etc.

Their platform was developed to digitally connect all Cricket Coaches, uplift their knowledge, and to track their development with technology accessible to every Coach, said Heshan de Mel, Head of the Coach Education Unit of the SLC. The app enables the Coaches to receive feedback from their coach educators and trainers, whilst all details are automatically stored within the individual profiles for continuous measurement and improvement.

Tharaka Samaratunge, High-Performance Coach Educator, said that the Cricket Coaches seek continuity in the absence of face-to-face coach education and they have taken the technology a step further by visualising the Coach Education curriculum and Coach Education in general. An engaging forum for individuals to connect and the Network with their peers is also included in the app.

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Gators coach Dan Mullen has become Donald Trump of college football

On this Election Day, Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen has become like one of those frustrating, filibustering politicians who says and does inexplicable things that make you question his honesty and judgment.

He’s like President Donald Trump saying we’ve “turned the corner” on the pandemic when really we haven’t. He’s like Joe Biden saying he was once arrested in South Africa while trying to visit Nelson Mandela when really he wasn’t.

The latest Mullen misstep came Saturday night at the end of the first half of a resounding 41-17 victory over Missouri. After Florida quarterback Kyle Trask was hit late after he released a Hail Mary, officials mistakenly did not throw a flag and an enraged Mullen charged across the field toward the Missouri sideline to scream at officials. Mullen (not wearing a face mask, by the way) had to be held back by coaches and law enforcement, escalating a situation that turned into a melee, with multiple players from both teams exchanging blows.

To make matters worse, Mullen actually had the audacity to say that he didn’t think his actions were inappropriate. Fittingly dressed in a Darth Vader costume at his postgame Halloween night news conference, Mullen told reporters, “I was trying to get our players off the field to make sure we didn’t have issues and have a whole bunch of guys suspended.”

Uh, Dan, I don’t know if you realize this, but the game was on television and there were actually cameras recording you and video showing you losing your mind. Why are you simply making up a story that is obviously untrue? It would have been much more acceptable if you had just simply said, “I got emotional and lost my cool momentarily after seeing our quarterback get hit with a cheap shot. I need to do a better job of keeping my composure.”

Mullen got off easy Monday when SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey reprimanded him and fined him a scant $25,000 — the same amount Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin was fined recently for simply retweeting a critical comment about SEC officials. What Mullen did was much worse and should have merited a much heavier fine; if not a suspension. Of course, with the monumental Florida-Georgia game coming up this weekend, the SEC simply didn’t have the stomach to issue a suspension of UF’s head coach.

Said Mullen in a statement released by the team on Monday: “I respect the decision from the conference office. As the head coach, it is my responsibility to diffuse these types of situations, and I didn’t live up to that standard.”

Why couldn’t Mullen have come out with that statement after the game on Saturday instead of acting as if he did nothing wrong? This is just another recent blunder for Mullen, who has been an excellent football coach for the Gators, but he is quickly turning into a PR nightmare.

This isn’t the first time Mullen has had to backtrack after saying or doing something stupid in recent

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Glen Donahue, second winningest college basketball coach in Michigan history, dies at 85

Glen Donahue always viewed coaching college basketball as a “win-win” situation during the lengthy period of time he spent as the state of Michigan’s all-time leader in victories.

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But on Friday, the final buzzer sounded on his illustrious life, as he died peacefully at his Southfield home after suffering from dementia. He was 85.

Donahue, who now ranks second behind Rochester College’s Garth Pleasant (720 wins in 38 seasons) in all-time wins, held a career coaching record of 656-451 at the collegiate level. Oakland University’s Greg Kampe is third on the list with a 632-474 mark. 

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“With almost 60 years of coaching, there’s tons of wins and tons of great seasons, but the thing that is overwhelming is the relationships,” said his son Kevin Donahue, who played for his father at Highland Park Community College. “To a person, they all talk about the opportunities that they got, how much they learned and how they grew as people and how much ‘Coach’ influenced the course of their lives.”



a man wearing a suit and tie: Late Kirtland Community College coach Glen Donahue, who died Oct. 30, 2020, at his home in Southfield.


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Late Kirtland Community College coach Glen Donahue, who died Oct. 30, 2020, at his home in Southfield.

At the collegiate level, Donahue’s best years came at Highland Park Community College where he spent 19 seasons and won 301 games.

His 1984-85 Highland Park team finished 40-2 and featured Vernon Carr (Michigan State), Lenith Cotton and Robert Alexander.

Highland Park started out that season with 38 straight wins and was ranked No. 1 in the country before losing at the buzzer in the NJCAA National Tournament to Moberly Area Community College (Mo.), which was led by NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond and coached by current Oregon coach Dana Altman.

Donahue also had head coaching stints at Kirtland and Schoolcraft community colleges, as well as St. Mary’s (winning 114 games) and Marygrove colleges.

Donahue also served as an assistant coach at Central Michigan University and at his alma mater, the University of Detroit (under Don Sicko), where he ran track and graduated in 1958.

“Glen meant a lot of things to a lot of people, and he certainly was one of those people to me,” said Denny Butcher, who coached a 28 high school seasons and played for Donahue at St. Mary’s College. “I was one of the first players that he coached for four years because he was a junior college coach for a very long time at Highland Park. The amount of experience I learned from him as a player was enormous. I spent five years with him (four as a player and one as an assistant coach) and he helped mold me and a lot of my thoughts for basketball. He was one of the best preparers of the game and practice planners.”

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Boston College football coach Jeff Hafley wasn’t concerned when the Eagles were blown out two weeks ago, and here’s why

At 4-2, the Eagles are both a success and still a work in progress in their first season under Hafley. Now they’re staring down the same Clemson team that decimated the team they just beat. As it is almost every year, BC’s matchup with Clemson will be their most daunting task of the season.

Here are some game-week observations.

▪ The Eagles clean up problem areas quickly: Yes, Jurkovec is hitting the downfield targets he was missing earlier in the season. And yes, the tackling issues that led to long runs for Virginia Tech were drilled out of existence by the time they faced Georgia Tech. But one play exemplified how quickly BC is learning from its mistakes.

Two weeks ago against the Hokies, the Eagles lined up for what was supposed to be a relatively simple handoff from Jurkovec to Bailey in the backfield. Tight end Hunter Long was supposed to come in motion and set a block to spring Bailey up the middle. None of that actually happened. Instead, Long ran into Jurkovec, blowing up the play on the spot. Jurkovec made things worse by trying to salvage it, flicking the ball for a fumble. It was a mess that Jurkovec called inexcusable after the game.

In the second quarter against Georgia Tech, the Eagles called the same play. This time, it went off without a hitch and Bailey broke loose for an 11-yard gain.

“I don’t think we could simulate the one we did at Virginia Tech where we fumbled if we try to 10 times,” Hafley said. “It was just a fluke play. We run it all the time. We executed at a pretty high level.”

▪ Max Richardson and Isaiah McDuffie fuel the defense: When McDuffie was out last season, the one person who probably missed him the most was Richardson. The two linebackers are the glue that binds the defense together. They wreak havoc and play with an aggression that Hafley wants to see.

They combined for 12 tackles against Georgia Tech. Last year, Richardson finished third in the ACC with 108 tackles. This season, he’s third in the conference, averaging 9.7 per game. One spot ahead of him is McDuffie at 9.8.

▪ The offensive line got a shot of confidence: Even though the Eagles returned four linemen from a year ago, they had to adjust to new roles. Zion Johnson moved from left guard to left tackle. Ben Petrula moved from right tackle to right guard, Tyler Vrabel moved from left tackle to right tackle, and redshirt freshman Christian Mahogany stepped in at left guard.

Two weeks after giving up six sacks against Pitt, the Eagles bounced back against Georgia Tech. “I mean, we rushed the ball for 264 yards and allowed zero sacks in pass protection,” Hafley said. “You want to talk about a step in the right direction.”

▪ Aaron Boumerhi’s quiet consistency: Hitting a game-winning 36-yard field goal against Texas State was validation for Boumerhi after he underwent offseason

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