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Consult a career counselor to improve your possibilities of get a job
Throughout our professional career, we might find ourselves in situations where we can obtain great benefits from an impartial and equable advice. Maybe we’re in the process of choosing a career, deciding whether we should change our profession, wanting to reintegrate into the work force, looking for a job, or recovering from the loss of an old job. A good career counselor can help you explore your professional options, inform you about the tendencies in the job market and evaluate your abilities, interests, and potential. A career counseling professional will help you improve and tune up your abilities to find and get a job, asides from teaching you ways to ascend in your job once you get it.
If you’ve decided to consult a career counselor, these are the basic points you’ll have to consider before choosing one:
- Analyze the exact reason why you need a career counselor: Ask yourself questions like: “Do I need to see what things I need to reach my professional goals?” or “Do I need someone to evaluate my abilities and capacity to determine if I’m on the right path in my professional career?” Maybe you need coaching for an interview or a professional in demo interviews. Regardless of your specific case, it’s important that you know why you want or need to consult a career counselor. This will be indispensable to be able to choose the right one for you.
- Choose the best career counselor: Many career counselors don’t have the required conditions to assist and they still promote themselves as if they could. Choosing a certified career counselor is key to receiving the type of service you need. The counselor should at least have a college degree, and preferably a master’s degree or relevant specialization in the field of career counseling.
Find a career counselor that specializes in your work area: If you’re planning on visiting a career counselor, you need to try to find one that specializes in the profession you already have or the one you’re interested in. A common problem people face when going to a career counselor is that they receive imprecise information about the measures that they should take to reach a particular goal; when you choose a career counselor specialized in your interest zone you’ll know for sure that you’re receiving information and advice from someone who has experience in the field.
- Choose someone that you feel comfortable with: this might take some time because the professional qualifications a counselor has don’t guarantee that there will be a good chemistry between you and her/him. The problem here is that when you don’t feel comfortable with someone is very hard to be open, and therefore the help you will receive will be limited. When you perceive that the counselor is putting you as a priority, consider that they might be the right one.
- Think about other options to obtain information: If for any reason you choose to find additional information about your career, think about people that have the experience and knowledge in the subject you’re interested in, for example, if you wanted to become a real-estate agent or improve your career in that area, it would be a good idea to get in touch with a real-estate company to find information about that company. This method can also be an excellent way to find new job opportunities. Lastly, don’t forget that universities and professional academic centers are a great source of information, don’t waste the opportunity to return to your alma mater to take control of your career again.
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