Friday, October 23, 2009

Consult a Career Counselor Before Graduation

Individuals who have already been a part of the workforce for some time can also find great value in a career counselor. For those who have recently lost their job, as many have, a counselor can guide them through unemployment and help them find a new line of work.

Other things a career counselor can do for you include:
  • Improve your resume
  • Teach you to network
  • Help you develop a cover letter
  • Guide you through a career change
  • Enhance interview skills
  • Assist you in balancing your work and personal life

How to Find a Career Counselor

No one can guarantee you a job, especially a high-paying or even fulfilling one, so anyone who claims they can absolutely do this for you is not telling the truth. Counselors can give you their expert advice, but they cannot make things happen for you.

With this in mind, it's important to find a qualified career counselor. The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) is an organization that promotes quality and value in counseling services and accredits counselors who meet their standards. A career counselor who is NBCC certified will hold the credential of NCCC, or National Certified Career Counselor.

The job market can be an intimidating place, especially if you're beginning your first job or entering a new field. A career counselor not only helps to ease the transition, but strengthens you as an overall candidate as well.

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