The job search can be taxing — and if an opportunity for help arises, you should seize it. Many times, this opportunity will come in the form of a career counselor. If you decide to visit a career counselor, you will have access to resources that would otherwise be unavailable.
You should never underestimate the advice that career counselors can provide. However, there are three things that they cannot or will not tell you.
Only you can decide what will make you happy. The job of a career counselor is to guide you, not tell you what to do. They cannot make your career choice or tell you what decision is the right one. You, and only you, will have the best idea of what will make you happy. Therefore, it’s up to you to take charge of your search. Career counselors are great resources, but take your search up a notch and utilize online job search tools.
Looking for a job is a full-time job. Let’s face it, you might need a kick in the pants to jumpstart your job hunt motivation. However, career counselors aren’t usually the ones to dish out any harsh criticism. If you think that you are working hard to find a job, there is always something more you can be doing.
Career counselors will help you with your resume and your specific search, but it is up to you to invest in yourself. To do this, you can learn new skills and volunteer in your community. Not only will you better yourself, but you will also become a more desirable job candidate.
Regardless of whether it’s the job interview or the final thank you note, professionalism counts. While your career counselor will provide you with the usual interview protocol, they won’t be at your side when you interact with prospective employers, so it may be hard for them to gauge what interpersonal help you need. For that, you’re often on your own. Every single bit of contact you make with your prospective employer counts. It is important that you maintain a high level of professionalism from that initial email to the final thank you note.
Is there any career advice that you had to learn the hard way?