Career Guides

1. Marty Nemko.
2. Nick Corcodilos.
3. Liz Ryan.
4.  Kevin Kermes & Olivia Gamber at CareerAttraction are pretty good.  So far, I’ve liked Olivia’s comments on networking.  It’s not about letting people know that you’re looking for something as much as it about letting people know what you’re good at, what your niche is.  I liked that she pointed that it is human nature to want to build trust.  It’s not enough to try to reduce the risk of hiring you to your prospect.  Better to establish rapport and trust  by letting them see your portfolio and value.
5.  Forbes’ Top 100 Websites for Your Career.
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Okay, The Balance had a decent article on career counseling, what’s involved, what to expect from a paid counselor, and such.  The main goal is to clarify your goals.  And that can be important if you’re ever lost in your career.  Here is their article.  I had always writte them off as school counselors, who in my opinion, were never particularly helpful.  They didn’t have a real sense of what I wanted, but only had an formulaic answers that never sounded any good to me.  

WHAT IS A CAREER COUNSELOR?

A career counselor is a professional who helps clients to plan their career and achieve their employment goals.  

Career counselors and coaches work with clients to teach them strategies on how to successfully find new or different employment.

Career counselors are employed by state departments of labor, community agencies, school systems, two and four-year college career offices, and private counseling firms.

I have a hard time seeing how a counselor who coaches educators could provide options for,say, a car salesman or an investment banker.  That I don’t get.  So basically any career counselor is going to have to do a lot of research. 

Career counselors need strong research skills to find information about careers and educational preparations related to client needs.

They must be able to clearly convey information to individuals and groups about job search strategies, approaches to interviewing, and resume and cover letter development.

Here are a few questions that should be answered in a counseling session.  And of course the work that leads to an answer will be different for folks of different ages. 

Potential topics of discussion in career counseling:

1. Particular skills or talents. In which careers might they be useful?
2. The educational commitment required of various careers.
3. The potential earnings of various careers.
4. The daily working environment. Some people enjoy working in an office, while others might be more successful in a fast-paced or outdoor environment.
5. The opportunities for change or advancement in a particular career. Some careers are more flexible than others. Lawyers and doctors, for example, may shift their focus or area of specialty but will generally remain lawyers and doctors. Other careers or education paths might more allow mobility between positions in a given field.
6. The necessary skills/education for a desired career.

That’s a decent start.  

CAREER GUIDES IN TECH INDUSTRY
1. Daed Tech by Erik Dietrich. 
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