If you’ve decided to pursue a career in Health Coaching, congratulations! It’s an incredibly rewarding career; one that will have a profound impact on your life, both personally and professionally.
Before you begin applying for Health Coach jobs, you’ll want to make sure you do plenty of research so you know what potential employers will be looking for and how you can best set yourself up for success. So read on to find out what’s in a typical Health Coach job description and what you can do to knock your interviews out of the park!
What’s a Typical Health Coach Job Description?
You probably have a general idea of what a Health Coach does, but here’s an overview of the responsibilities Health Coaches are typically expected to perform:
- Facilitate sessions with clients in person, via phone, and through email.
- Work with a team, including medical providers, to plan the best course of action to help clients to achieve their goals.
- Help clients create and implement effective solutions to improve their health and wellness.
- Use general knowledge of medical conditions, nutrition, and diet to partner with clients and their providers.
- Identify behavior and habit changes to help clients transform their lives.
- Provide motivation, guidance, support, and encouragement.
We should start by saying that, more than likely, no two Health Coach job descriptions will be the same. Every company will be looking for something slightly different in the Health Coach they hire. Thus, each job description will reflect the specific industry the company is in, what duties the coach will be required to perform, the company’s specific goals and expectations, and what changes their typical clients want to make in their lives.
However, there are some general requirements you can expect to see when you search for Health Coach jobs online. These include:
- Passion for helping others improve their health and wellness.
- Great verbal and written communication skills.
- Desire to motivate and encourage others.
- Great organizational skills.
- Willingness to be flexible.
When it comes to specific experience and education, again, this may differ from position to position, but generally, employers will be looking for Health Coaches with:
- Training in coaching, nutrition, or fitness.
- Working knowledge of health, nutrition, fitness, personal development, and how to facilitate habit change.
- Knowledge of health-related diseases and illnesses, and the typical medical treatments used to address them.
- Knowledge of the latest trends in healthcare.
- Experience working with patients and/or clients.
- A desire to continue learning about health, wellness, and best coaching practices.
Check out our blog posts, What Kind of Opportunities Exist for Health Coaches and Find Health Coach Jobs Online for more information to help you in your job search!
How To Plan For Your Health Coach Interview
Once you’ve submitted your Health Coach job applications, it’s time to prepare for job interviews! It can be nerve-wracking, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve had one, but we’ve got you covered with 7 tips to help you rock your job interview and land your perfect Health Coaching job.
- Update and print your resume. You likely already spent a lot of time perfecting your resume when you were applying for jobs, but be sure to review it once more. You should also print a couple of copies to bring with you to the interview, just in case the interviewer needs it. Your resume is all the interviewer has to go on, so they may ask you to elaborate on certain positions and what your responsibilities were, even if it was years ago. Be prepared to talk about anything and everything you’ve listed on your resume.
- Research the company. Spend time getting to know the company you’re applying with. Read through the content on their blog, do a Google search for any recent news, and spend time looking through their social media. This will not only help you decide if this is definitely a place you want to work, but will also give you background knowledge that will help you understand the position and the company’s larger goals. It will also help you formulate a list of thoughtful questions you can ask (which is always encouraged!).
- Know what you want to say. The interviewer will lead the discussion, but if there are relevant components of your training, particular experiences or breakthroughs you’ve had with clients, or anything else you think will help set you apart from other candidates, be sure to have that list written down or clear in your mind so you don’t forget to share.
- Plan, plan, plan. You don’t want to get to interview day and be surprised by a road closure or staring down a closet with nothing in it to wear! Days before your interview, plan out all the details of what you’ll wear and make sure you know when you’ll need to leave in order to get there on time (15 minutes early is even better!).
- Practice your answers. You can’t predict everything the interviewer will ask, but there are some standard questions you can expect. The list below should get you thinking!
Why do you want to be a Health Coach?
How do you resolve conflict?
Why are you interested in working for our company? (This is where all the research you did before your interview will come in handy!)
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
What are your career goals?
What makes you a good team player?
- Be yourself. We all want to put our best foot forward when we’re interviewing for a job. But pretending to be someone you’re not or feigning interest in a job that’s not right for you doesn’t help you or potential employers. Be honest and be yourself. You’ve put in the hard work of training and applying for a Health Coach job and you have a passion for helping people transform their lives—you’ve got this! Keeping this in mind will help you stay calm and do your best.
- Follow up. After the interview, send a thank you email or card to the interviewer, thanking them for their time. Even if you don’t get the job, don’t forget that you’re building relationships in the industry, so it’s important that you be thoughtful and professional throughout the process.
You already have one of the most important things you need to become a successful Health Coach—a passion for helping others! With a little planning and preparation, you’ll have everything you need to find the perfect Health Coach job for you.
Interested in learning more about Health Coach Institute and how we prepare our grads for career success? Contact a Clarity Coach today!