Hi Friends, Happy Saturday!
How is everyone holding up with everything happening lately?
I’ve been finding the last little bit tough, but I’ve been listening & trying to learn! But if you ask me, I am so glad the world’s eyes have been opened.
So after finally getting some tough love, from a loved one in my life. I am currently 4 sessions in so far with working with a career councillor.
I can’t lie, I have been super embarrassed by the fact that I clearly had to hire someone to help me find a job. So today, I decided to put on my big girl shoes, stop being embarrassed & share why I decided to work with a Career Councillor & how it’s going so far!
So if you’re new here you might not know about my constant struggle of finding a new job, or how my previous jobs were really mentally/emotionally draining on a person. I did finally work up the courage to quit my job with no job lined up, I had some things had been in the works, however Covid came on in & screwed all that up for me & basically finding a job has become harder than ever.
So what is a career counselling?
Career counselling is counselling or mentoring/coaching on issues related to an individual’s career. With more and more diverse career options and professional opportunities emerging, career counselling helps individuals make the right choice about their career paths, career development and career change.
Career counsellors help individuals with the task of self-assessment and self-analysis. They then match the aptitude, skills and interests of the individuals with various job types. They also help identify the various jib options available and provide clarity on different job roles.
Overall, they help individuals make informed career choices and help them define their career paths to maximize the success in their chosen careers.
Why am I working with a career counsellor?
So after months & years of feeling stuck & not being able to make career moves like I would like. It has been seriously un-motivating & it really does start takes a beating on you. I finally got to the point where I was questioning if there something was wrong with me & why wasn’t I able to make professional moves like other people. So I decided to really, really research this, because obviously its an investment in your future. After many calls with many companies, I decided to work with a lady I came across on LinkedIn who had her own company versus a company who employed people to do this. Not only were her prices a little better but after talking on the phone I really liked the vibe we had, plus it was refreshing to talk directly on the phone with her versus how with the companies you talked to their first point of contact who then placed you with someone.
So as of this week, we’ve had 4 sessions, I have a few more booked with her already as well, since I got a package. But so far, we have tackled revamping my resume by coming up with how to best present my skills & make them stand out, revamped my Linkedin to match, got me a personalize cover letter with my skills & information ready to go & we even got the job searching strategy together. I never realized just how much I was leaving out about myself & the the roles I was in, until she really made me think & dig deep, things I thought I could leave out & just explain in the interview ended up being stuff I should have had on my resume/LinkedIn already. So it has been really eye opening thats for sure. She has also been great about giving me some homework after each session, so I am ultimately able to get more out of the sessions.
Obviously not everyone needs to work with someone or wants to work with someone, but for me personally this was the kick in the butt I needed. And since I’m trying to move into a new career altogether, I’m glad I have someone who is able to help me navigate the murky waters of applying for jobs in a career space I am not familiar with.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to doing my homework & get applying to jobs!
Thanks for reading!