Could Career Counseling Help You Land the Perfect Job?
When you think of career counseling, you probably think of someone at your high school or college that administers tests and then tells you what you’d be good at. It’s true the career counselors do that sort of thing. But career counseling is more than that, and through the right career counselor, you can have access to tools and resources that will help you find the perfect career.
A career counselor or career coach is a trained specialist whose job is to help you look at your skills, your aptitudes, personality traits, interests and lifestyle, and find a career area that works well for you – a career that will be rewarding and fulfilling, both financially and personally.
You may wonder why you can’t just find all of the tools a career counselor might use online. The answer is that you can. But a career counselor is knowledgeable about just how many of those tests and which tests you need, and can help you evaluate the results of those tests. That’s what your career counselor is trained to do. In this way, his or her services can be invaluable. Career counseling helps you determine your career path.
Another valuable thing a good career counselor can help you do is develop the tools you need to conduct a successful job search that will ultimately lead to finding a job that is perfect for you.
Career counselors routinely offer help with choosing the right resume format, and developing cover letters that are appropriate for your chosen field. The also help you by conducting practice interviews and prepping yourself for a fruitful interview.
For high school and college students, career counseling is usually readily available through the school’s counseling or career center. The services are often also available to alumni and residents of the university district. There are also career counseling services on most campuses that focus on helping students and people with disabilities find their perfect career path.
You can also find your career counselor through non-profit counseling centers and professional counseling centers. The National Board for Certified Counselors can provide you with a list of certified career counselors, too.
Some career counselors work within certain academic and professional areas, and all have their own philosophies and styles. You may have to try more than one counselor to find the right fit. Just as with your doctor or accountant, you want to choose a professional that you trust and feel comfortable with.
Career counseling can help you land the perfect job, but you’ll be expected to do some work, too. Don’t assume that your counselor is going to do everything, hand you a list of the best jobs for you along with a list of who’s hiring and that will be the end of the story.
You will be asked to do some “homework” and research on your own, and then you’ll be expected to participate in the analysis of what you’ve found. You’ll be expected to take responsibility for learning what you need to do to find and get that perfect job. If you’re willing to put forth the effort, career counseling can help you discover your life’s work and find a position that gives you career satisfaction.