career counsellor

Choosing a career coach can be frustrating Choosing a career coach can be a minefield leaving you feeling frustrated and with more questions than answers. We’ve put together a guide to help you understand career coaching and how to choose the right coach for you. Get clear on your needs It’s vital you have a good understanding of what you are looking for in a career coach. Do you want to change careers and need someone to help you identify and explore options? Are you having difficulty finding a new job and need some guidance in the best job search strategies and methods for your situation? Do you need practical help with your CV, cover letters and interview coaching? Think about all the help and support you’d like and make a list of what you’re looking for. This will help you discuss your needs and expectations with prospective coaches. If you are...

[caption id="attachment_16775" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Thinking of changing career?"] [/caption] Changing jobs is challenging enough but changing to a whole new career can be overwhelming.  One of the biggest hurdles faced by career changers is how to make a smooth and successful transition to their new career.  To help, we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to make the transition to your new career an easier one. Research A vital first step in changing careers is to research your new career. Speak to people in the industry to gain a realistic insight in to the culture, conditions, opportunities and challenges. As part of your research you should aim to identify any skills gaps, transferable skills and any qualifications or certifications required for your new career. Find out what others in your chosen new career have done for example, what are their backgrounds? What was their progression route? What qualifications do they have? Develop a plan A good...

[caption id="attachment_18631" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Tips for the best cover letter"] [/caption] Many job seekers struggle when writing a cover letter. Here's my top ten cover letter writing tips to help guide the process. Your cover letter should be in a standard business format. Don’t use borders or fancy fonts, stick with a standard business font such as Arial or Times New Roman; Include your name, address, telephone numbers and email at the top of the letter; Address the letter to a specific person if possible paying special attention to make sure you use the correct spelling of their name; Include any position reference numbers and the position title; If responding to a job advertisement, use it as a guide to help you write your cover letter being sure to give examples of how you fit the requirements mentioned in the advertisement; Try and keep your cover letter to one page in length. Use plain English and...

The following blog post currently features at The Careers Blog at Guardian Careers [caption id="attachment_18650" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Is the grass greener on the other side? One of the first steps you can take is identifying what you want from your career. Photograph: Oleg Popov/REUTERS"] [/caption] Many of us will change careers or consider doing so at some point in our lives, so it's important to ensure that the transition is well executed. The key to making a successful transition is self-awareness and planning. When someone comes to me for help with changing careers, one of the first things I do is help them identify their values. Some of the questions I might ask include: What's important to you? What gives meaning to your life? What are your personal goals? What do you want from your career?   The self-awareness and understanding gained from the answers to these questions provides a solid foundation for a career action plan. A school teacher, Anne, came...

[caption id="attachment_18663" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Brand You - The most important brand of all"] [/caption] Personal branding has become one of the biggest buzz terms in recent years. If you haven’t bought into the hype but now wonder if you should have, here’s an overview of personal branding and why it could work for you. What is personal branding? Personal branding is about creating a brand for yourself just as a you would when marketing a product. In personal branding, you are the product. Why do I need a personal brand? By developing your personal brand, you set yourself apart from others. How do I develop my personal brand? Personal branding guru Dan Schawbel has developed four-step personal branding process to help you develop your own personal brand: Four step personal branding process: Discover – figure out who you are and how you can brand yourself Create – create a personal branding tool kit Communicate – communicate your brand regularly Maintain – maintain...

[caption id="attachment_18674" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The new career"] [/caption] "The career of the 21st century will be protean, a career that is driven by the person, not the organization, and that will be reinvented by the person from time to time, as the person and the environment change." D.T.Hall (1996) in Protean Careers in the 21st Century The most distressed clients I work with are those who feel they are the victims of change. They are often referred to me for outplacement by their employers wanting to support their employee as they transition out of the organisation. These individuals can face redundancy after having been with the company for many years, sometimes decades. They suffer with feelings of distress for a number of reasons. In some cases they didn’t see the change coming and therefore didn't have time to react. But more often than not, they were aware of the impending change but...