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Best Ways to Find a Great Career Counselor

"Can a career counselor help?" "What does a career counselor do exactly?" "How do I choose a career counselor?" "Where do I find a career counselor?" "What qualifications should a career counselor have?" "Can I afford a career counselor?" "How do you find a reputable career counselor?"

WHAT IS A CAREER COUNSELOR?

Career counselors are teachers, confidants, and advisors to their clients. Career counselors help people understand themselves better and to take proactive steps to improve the quality of their work lives. They help people examine their interests, their strengths, work styles, and their abilities to find and enter the profession that best suits them. They can be helpful to those who have yet to choose a career and those who are unhappy with their career choice. Many are knowledgeable about job search and hiring and know what skills are needed in a broad variety of professions, how much they pay, and what an employer will want to see in a successful applicant. They coach the client through the process of researching fields that match their interests, help create resumes, cover letters, and teach interview and salary negotiations skills. Career Counselors do not "place people," nor do they "find them a job," instead they teach the process and act as the guide.

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR A CAREER COUNSELOR?

Career counseling, which may also be called career coaching or career consulting, are vocational advising services that are becoming very popular. Unfortunately, people with little or no special training can represent themselves as coaches or career professionals. Reputable career counselors hold a graduate degree -- a Master's Degree or Ph.D. -- in counseling, vocational education, or career development with a specialization in career counseling. Career counselors may have different specialties in how they work with clients. Some focus on making career choices or career changes, some act as career psychologists performing vocational testing, some coaches help people with job search and self-marketing.

WHAT DO CAREER COUNSELORS DO FOR YOU?

Services of career counselors differ, depending on the counselor's level of competence, the setting, client needs, and other factors. Some focus on the career decision making process, some advise on job search, some handle both, and some deal with workplace problems. The counselor may administer and interpret tests, assess abilities, interests, values, strengths, and other factors to identify career options. Typically they provide insight for improved decision-making. Often they teach job hunting strategies and skills and assist in the development of resumes, cover letters, and offer counsel on interviewing and salary negotiations.

HOW CAN I FIND A GOOD CAREER COUNSELOR?

A good career counselor can clearly point out options you've overlooked, that is if you:

- Robin Ryan

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Copyright 2006 Robin Ryan. All rights reserved.

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