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Posted March 05, 2016 by

What is career counseling

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Veranda Hillard-Charleston, guest writer

Do people believe their current career trajectories feel like a hopeless game of grasping at straws? Maybe they’ve been thinking, “I don’t know what I want to do with my life” or “I don’t know what jobs I can get with my major/degree.” Having a long list of “I don’t knows” in the career department certainly doesn’t lead to increased life satisfaction. Luckily, there’s a solution: career counseling.

What is career counseling?

Career counseling is a goal-oriented process targeted at helping people gain better insight about themselves and what they want out of their careers, education, and lives.

According to Boise State University, the counseling element is one-step in a lifelong process of career development. Therefore, the object of career counseling is not to guide people in making better career decisions today. Instead, the focus of this process is to equip people with the self-knowledge and expertise needed to improve their careers and life decisions over their lifespan.

A career counselor is generally a master’s level professional with a background in career development theory, counseling methods, assessments, and employment information and resources. A professional will hold a confidential session with people to identify their unique values, interests, skills, career-related strengths and weaknesses, and personal goals in order to determine which resources they require and which course of action is most appropriate in helping them achieve these goals.

A career counselor can even help people separate their own career-related goals from those of others, such as parents, teachers, and friends who may be pressuring them to choose a specific career path.

Do I need career counseling?

Whether they’re freshmen in college or five years post-graduate, college students and recent graduates can benefit from the services of a career counselor. Since career development is a lifelong process – and people’s interests and skills are steadily changing – the earlier they gain insight about themselves and learn how to make career-related decisions, the better. If job seekers’ current dialogue is filled with “I don’t knows,” career counseling is a smart choice for them.

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Maximizing from the counseling experience

So college students and recent graduates made the choice to get career counseling and scheduled an appointment. Their part is done, right? Wrong. A common misconception about career counseling is people show up, and an expert tells them exactly what career choices are best for them. In truth, career counseling is not a one-sided, quick solution to academic or career dilemmas. Consider the following:

• Job seekers are not simply there to receive. The counseling experience requires participation. An honest examination of job seekers is vital for the career counselor to guide them in the right direction. Together, they might uncover their career interests, but they must take action to continue down the right path.

• People must narrow down their goals. Coming in with a broad desire to “Figure out what they want in life” just won’t cut it. A clear-cut objective is necessary so each session has structure and both parties can tell when their work together is complete.

• Job seekers have to continue the career development process beyond counseling. A good career counselor can help them define their interests and values, identify goals, and provide resources and strategies for reaching these goals. Still, the important work is done by job seekers. They have to actually use these resources to pinpoint internships or job opportunities appealing to them and constantly consider how different opportunities match their interests, values, and skills.

Career counseling offers people a safe and confidential place to explore their career passions and identify areas in which they are experiencing difficulty. It is a collaborative relationship – the client and the counselor work together to discover the client’s true career goals and work to overcome any obstacles. However, the client must be devoted to career development and willing to do the work to truly benefit from the experience.

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Veranda Hillard-Charleston is Chief Contributor for MastersinPsychologyGuide.com. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Veranda has more than five years of experience as a trained mental health professional.

Posted July 14, 2015 by

How to Begin the Job Search as a New Graduate

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Young female bachelor kneeling on a start line with a hand give a guide to start her new journey. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

You’ve just thrown your graduation cap into the air and you’re thinking finally, freedom! You ascend one end of the stage knowing you’re leaving school behind, and descend the other end having officially entered ‘The Real World.’

Then it hits you.

Soon you’ll have to:

1. Apply for jobs.

2. Figure out how you’ll be using the degree you’ve spent years of sleepless nights and thousands of dollars to earn.

Don’t panic. These two tips will get you started in your job hunt. (more…)

Posted April 15, 2015 by

Are Recruiters LinkedIn to Your Profile?

You know LinkedIn to be a professional networking site where you connect with professionals.  You can also make an impression among recruiters who are looking for a number one candidates to fill job openings.  With the job market being so competitive, you need to do everything possible to make sure your LinkedIn profile attracts recruiters.  So, what things should you be doing to achieve this goal?  Here are some tips to get recruiters LinkedIn to your profile in the following infographic. (more…)

Posted November 06, 2014 by

Developing a good resume objective in two simple steps

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Part of modern resume close-up. Blue tint with shallow DOF. Tilt view. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

First, writing your resume objective is less about stating your resume objective and more about showing your employer, what you can give if you are hired, just like the rest of your resume. Forget about the overused and meaningless “seeking for a challenging career opportunity within a futuristic company” or the more self-involved “looking for a creative and fun position within a company that will allow me to exercise my creativity”. Who wouldn’t want that? (more…)

Posted October 27, 2014 by

The Most Effective Method to Compose a Resume Job Summary

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Hand writing Summary with blue marker on transparent wipe board. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

It is very essential to produce enthusiasm with a High-Affect Summary Explanation and declaration. Recruiting superiors are busy entities all over the world. It is certain that every single job posting may draw in a great attraction to many resumes. To get perceived, make the best profession summary proclamation. The objective of this area in your CV is to create a hard-hitting preliminary statement filled with your most looked for abilities, competencies, achievements and qualities. You could utilize the objective segment part in your resume to present your detailed career summary covering all the dominant and major areas of your expertise.

A resume without a summary or outline is like a body with no heart. Summary has a direct relationship with your resume. Well here are few steps to make a charming career summary for effective outcomes, when it’s lying beside many career resumes at a recruiter’s desk. (more…)

Posted October 20, 2014 by

3 Steps to Marketing Your Working Abroad Experience on Your Resume

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Work abroad sign. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Attention TEFL teachers: remember the excitement you felt a year or two ago, when you were preparing to jet off to a foreign country for exotic adventures and easy money?

If you’re the driven type, that excitement has probably been replaced by nagging worries and questions like: Will my TEFL experience help me get a job back home? Should I include my teaching experience on my resume? When I was a teacher in Taiwan these questions always popped up at expat get-togethers.

As time goes by, many expats begin to feel themselves sinking into to the quicksand that can become teaching abroad. They know that they don’t want to teach forever, but they fear that their time their time spent teaching will be seen as a negative to employers back home. (more…)

Posted September 10, 2014 by

Applying to Jobs, College Students? How to Write the Right Resume

When applying for jobs, college students should not take their resumes for granted.  An infographic in the following post shows students how to write the right resumes to help them land new jobs.

Some consider the resume obsolete; an outdated tradition that has no place in the Social Age. And maybe that will be true some day. But today, 9 out of 10 employers will not hire a candidate without first seeing their resume…

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Posted September 03, 2014 by

College Students, Are You Thinking about Getting Jobs? What Your Primary Objective Should Be When Starting School

It’s not too soon for college students to start thinking about jobs.  That said, learn what their main objective should be on campus in the following post.

Millions of you are on campus for the fall. Some of you are newly minted freshman and many others are making your return from summer break. Interests, area of study, and academic environments vary. BUT, you all share the same #1 objective. There are over 21 million of you attending college in America, and over 150 million post-

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Posted August 05, 2014 by

Are Recruiters Not Contacting You about Your Resume? Here are 7 Reasons Why

So, you have put your resume online, but recruiters are not contacting you about job opportunities.  There are seven reasons why according to the following post.

I’ve probably read (err, perhaps I should say “perused”) 1,000+ resumes in my time. Some of those resume are good… most really suck. I’m usually a positive guy, but in this case – based on all the trend mistakes I’ve seen as I built, acquired and grown several businesses and personally hired every employee

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Posted July 08, 2014 by

How to Launch a Successful Career in IT

Monica Wells

Monica Wells

From mobile operation systems and online search engines to financial networks and data repositories, Information Technology has lured its way to become an important part of our daily lives. There’s no denying it – the demand for IT products and services is on the rise, and so is the demand for specialists in the field. The Bureau of labor Statistics predicts, for instance, that the job market for software engineers is by 2018 going to grow by a striking figure of 32%!

It might sound like a piece of cake, but a successful career in IT does not come that easily. Here are some tips for those interested in entering the IT sector. (more…)