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Setting Boundaries with Clients (Best Practice Tip)

As career coaches and resume writers, we commit ourselves to providing our clients with positive experiences. However, as we build our goodwill, we might inadvertently cause ourselves to burn out by giving to our clients more hours in the day or by taking on too much responsibility for the overall process.

When we do this, we lose our professional boundaries and prevent our clients from being the authors of their own success, not to mention the fact that we give away expertise for which we otherwise should charge.

Concerns about setting client boundaries seems to come in two flavors:

  • Determining what information clients need to provide for your successful engagement, and ensuring that you have neither too much nor too little material.
  • Protecting your schedule, so that clients do not hijack your time.

The following tip sheet provides recommendations for setting boundaries and controlling information with your clients.


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