Hunting Your Next Job and Want a Helping Hand?

I work with people who need a bit of a helping hand to rediscover what makes them shine, be energised and succeed.

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Quite a few of my clients come to coaching as part of their preparation for a new job. May be when they’ve seen a dream job advertised. Might be when they are hunting for the next role but aren't quite certain as to what it might be. Might be when they have to get a different job for personal circumstances and don't know where to start to sell themselves

So many times, our first conversation goes  a bit like this

  • "I haven't been for an interview for years and I'm scared"
  • "I've done so many things over the years but don't know where to start to sell myself"
  • "I know I can do it but don't know how to put myself across so they take me seriously"
  • "The job I want is in a totally different field so why would they look at me?"

There's a method to preparing for a job selection process and getting "match fit" so you do yourself justice and up your chance of success..

I still remember the first time I worked with someone to support their success in securing a new role.

I’d been working with this person on an exciting partnership transformation  project. He was great at what he did but was disillusioned and a bit ground down with his current employer.  No prospects for advancement and a culture that was increasingly at odds with his core values. The chance to get VR arose and he decided to jump into the unknown and see what happened.  He went for several interviews - the first in many years - and wasn’t successful. His confidence was getting bashed and I picked up that things were getting a bit scary. Whilst the VR gave a short term safety blanket he had to get a job pretty quickly to support his family.   

 After a quick chat one day, I offered to put together  a work pack to help him prepare for an interview the following week. Diary stuff meant that we couldn’t meet face to face so virtual self coaching was the best we could do.  Using my experience as a recruiter and my knowledge and coaching skills, I developed  a work pack that looked at what happens in the selection process from a series of different angles - will, experience, fit, confidence, mindset, business need, values, strengths, evidence, models  and practicalities.  

My colleague used the pack as a self help tool after a short telephone briefing from me. He got his dream job.  The pack has moved on and grown up a bit since it's first outing and forms the backbone for my "Preparing to Secure a New Role" coaching programme.

Take a look at a couple of slides below, from the pack and think about how you can start building  your story and evidence to help you get your perfect job.

Good luck in your hunt for your perfect job. Happy to have a quick, non obligatory chat about  your journey if it would be helpful. Just drop me a mail


A bit about me

As a former Chief Executive, I now work as an independent coach and mentor. I love my work as a coach and get great satisfaction and joy from watching my clients grow and succeed

My clients often describe their work with me as challenging, energising, thought provoking and practical. Take a look at my Linked In page to get a feel for how client's see their experience of investing in coaching

Outside of my coaching work, I paint a bit, sew bright. flowery fabric together to make quilts, help run a community Arts Festival and support my husband's studio glass business

Please get in touch if I can ever be of any help.

Sandra Whiles

Director, Sandra Whiles Coaching Ltd

I work with people who need a bit of a helping hand to rediscover what makes them shine, be energised and succeed. I love my work as a coach, helping people, organisations, groups, teams and partnerships succeed and supporting small businesses to transform their ideas into reality. All of my work is grounded in a coaching approach and builds on my experience and success in shaping and leading individuals, teams, organisations and partnerships over many years. Before setting up my business in 2016, I worked for 35 years in the public sector. My last job was as Chief Executive for Blaby District Council in Leicestershire, described as "a great council" by the LGA in 2015 with very high levels of public satisfaction and staff engagement. Having trained with Barefoot Coaching Ltd, I am a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, hold a postgraduate certificate in coaching from the University of Chester, have done specialist training in Team Coaching and am a qualified NLP Practitioner. Sustainability is very important to me, so my work is designed and delivered in ways that give clients tools and approaches to use to maintain and build on their successes after their work with me is completed.