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SELF-ASSESSMENT LINKS

JOB LOSS SURVIVAL GUIDE
Have you, a member of your family, or a friend been laid off? This can help you cope.
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(Also view it using MSWord and save or print if you like)

JOB SEARCH TOOLS
A collection of links to help you in your job search.
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It's Always Too Soon to Quit
by Lewis Timberlake

A great companion to the newest version of the old standby: What Color Is Your Parachute? 2001

For more, see the BOOKSHELF

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What is Career Counseling/Coaching?

By Jim Davis

Career counseling is much more than just matching people with potential jobs. It can help you to decide what you want from your job and your career. It can help you to understand the various influences that family, friends, and society in general have on career selection. It can help you to discover and take advantage of potential you didn't realize you had. Or, if you are unhappy with your job or have trouble keeping a job, career counseling can help you decide what to do.

Sometimes people think, "I'm not ready to think about a career," or "I'm too concerned about keeping food on the table to worry about a career." And, when people are just starting out, they often find that they must take jobs that they don't want, just to get experience. All too often, however, this becomes a "way of life." They wind up changing jobs to get a few more dollars a week, or often just because they just didn't like what they were doing.

Changing jobs is not always the answer. Many times, people just keep making the same mistakes again and again. Career counseling can help you to understand what you need from your job, in addition to a paycheck. And, it can help you make decisions about what you want from life that will help you decide what direction to take concerning your career.

Career counseling can also help to overcome job loss, whether it's from "downsizing," a company closing, or even getting fired for making a mistake.

A Career Counselor Can Help You To:

  • Identify your skills, interests, and personality type to help select potential career paths

  • Understand how your family and friends influence your career decisions and how your career decisions affect them

  • Make your job search more effective by networking to find job leads

  • Improve your interview skills by learning to listen "actively" and to use "body language" effectively

  • Learn to develop a resume that will get you an interview

  • Learn effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills

     

Career coaching is the application side of career counseling. Just as athletic coaches help athletes maximize their abilities, a career coach can help by providing feedback on what's working or not working, showing how to make improvements, or suggesting new strategies.

Whether you decide to change careers, find another job in the same field, or even keep your existing job, career coaching can mean the difference between just knowing what you need to do and actually doing what you need to do.

And, a career counselor/coach can be even more effective by providing both functions.

 

A Career Counselor/Coach Can Increase Your Effectiveness By:

  • Helping to develop your career plan

  • Assisting with resume preparation

  • Providing practice interviews and providing practice to improve telephone skills

  • Helping you to develop negotiation skills

  • Providing follow-up for actual interviews, including feedback to improve future interviews

  • Assisting you in development of your job search network and providing potential job leads

  • Arranging information interviews

  • Providing follow-up after you find employment

  • Providing support as you negotiate your starting salary, a salary increase, or changes in working conditions

     

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