So what are you going to do with your life? Having problems choosing between training, college, or getting a job? ...well here at the CHRD, we are here to help. Our Career Counselors are here to assist you in the following areas.
What can your Career Counselor do for you?
Deciding on a career and finding the path that leads to it can be one of the toughest things anyone has to do. There are more kinds of jobs out there than most people have even heard of. How do you know what you’ll be good at? How do you know what you’ll like? Career counselors can help.
The main role of a career counselor is to help clients set realistic career goals that best reflect their situation and personal qualities. A counselor does this by helping clients assess and understand themselves, and by helping them access information and explore the range of career options open to them.
Some clients' career goals are immediate and employment-oriented. They need the career counselor to help them take stock of their marketable skills and learn job search skills like résumé writing, networking, and interviewing.
Other clients have their sights on longer range goals like a first career or a career change. In these cases, the counselor uses vocational testing to help clients understand their interests, abilities, and needs. They also help clients assess the suitability of options, set goals, and make educational and training plans to achieve those goals.
Career counselors are employed in schools, colleges, universities, and adult employment centers. In the private sector, career counselors may work for themselves, for career management organizations, or for companies (often known as “headhunters”) that find the right people to fill specific jobs.
Some career counselors specialize in helping job seekers with personal or social problems that make it particularly hard to find employment.
Career counselors keep themselves up-to-date on trends in the labour market and the economic climate, as well as the requirements and qualifications for many different occupations.
A career counselor’s job can be highly rewarding. As the saying goes, "It's a dream until you write it down; then it's a goal." Career counselors help people define and achieve their goals.
Career development isn't about a single BIG CAREER decision point it's about a lifetime of decisions, each building on the last.
Not taking charge of your own development is something to do at your own career peril. It's very unlikely that anyone else is going to look after your learning and development needs and, even if somebody did, it likely wouldn't fit with your own vision and path.
Ponder this : Resumes, cover letters, proposals and thumbnail sketches are key vehicles to help us get an opportunity to really do what we want to do. Opportunities are diverse and our own skills and experiences are continuously evolving and growing. And yet we seldom make the time to create more than one version of any of these tools.
Steps in marketing yourself inside out:
- you tell the people in the ring closest to the centre about your head and your heart
- you let them know what you want to do and why you want to do that
- they help you connect to people they know
- and because they are interested in you, they will also keep your goals in mind when they talk to others
- you continue talking about your goals to people you approach as you work your way through the outside rings
- people will continue to share their contacts with you to help you make connections to others who can help you
Other Openings into Workplaces and Hidden Work Opportunities
There is a wide range of leads that may be possible sources of job openings and other sorts of work. Think about leads that belong to the third ring in your marketing yourself inside out circle. The following are a few ideas to consider:
- Go directly to the businesses in your area and apply in person.
- Contact department heads of the various firms in your area by telephone and arrange for an information interview. Use business directories at the library.
- Look through the Yellow Pages of phone books. These provide a list of almost all employers, organized by industry.
- Call private employment agencies and arrange for interviews.
- Contact school/college placement offices (if your clients qualify).
- Contact appropriate union hiring halls (check the Yellow Pages under Labour Organizations).
- Check out the job listings at your local career centre and provincial and civic services.
- Check out some of the appropriate Internet sites on work search. Some examples are provided in the “Refer Me” section.
- Contact local organizations, associations and professional organizations (church, social services, labour, board of trade, political, health and welfare, hospital/medical, fraternal, youth, Chamber of Commerce).
- Respond to appropriate ads in trade journals.
By sharing these types of activities with your youth, you can encourage them to think expansively and to be creative in identifying possibilities. Teach them to actively seek leads from all their relationships and give them this mantra:
Don't keep your work search a secret—Actively seek leads from all your relationships!!
TIP : Many writers suggest that it's most effective to contact employers before 11:00 a.m.
TIP : The majority of a job seeker's efforts in seeking information, particularly when it involves contacting employers, should occur on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
, Career Counselor – Coastal
Pauline Etapp, Career Counselor- Inland