What does it mean to work with a career coach/counselor/career-job transition specialist? You as the client makes the contact, and I hope that you are talking to more than one potential coach. Then you choose, perhaps even meeting the coach before you decide. Once you decide on whom to work with...do not think that all onus passes to that person. The onus is on you!
This is your career/job transition, not the coach's. You are the person who has to do the work. Will it be frustrating at times...time consuming...seemingly endless?? You bet! Why?- have a look of our economy for the answer. Unless you are fortunate enough to be a part of a profession where there is demand, and you can follow that demand, be aware. Remember that if you work 40 hours per week, it can and will take 40 more hours per week to find new employment, unless you are one of the lucky few.
You have someone in your corner, however...your coach. Cooperate with him/her. Book and keep your appointments on a steady basis...do not lose momentum. Work your network, keep your spirit strong, build your skills and take care of yourself and keep trying. Those are today's tickets to success.