Hamilton, the laid off marketing manager, hired her coach solely to help makeover her resume and develop a more effective cadre of cover letters. But there was an added bonus: "Working with her on my resume opened my eyes up to different position titles that I had not been using in my job board searches," Hamilton said.
If you hire a career coach, be prepared for brutal honesty. If your goal is to land a new job and the person you're paying to help you do so says that your cover letters stink or your interviewing skills are sorely lacking, take heed. Make the changes he or she suggests and do the homework he or she gives you. You hired this person to help you step up your game. Let them.
This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.
Michelle Goodman is a freelance journalist, author and former cubicle dweller. Her books — "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube" and "My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire" (October 2008) — offer an irreverent take on the traditional career guide. More tips on career change, flex work and the freelance life can be found on her blog, Anti9to5Guide.com.