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Finding a Career Counselor

How do I go about choosing a career counselor that has a proven track record in helping individuals change careers? I am really struggling with many questions such as: Who am I? What is my purpose in life? What are my passions, and how can I apply them to a new career? I've come to the conclusion that I can't make these decisions all on my own. I've tried reading books on career change, but at this point, I believe serious coaching and networking is the best way for me to proceed. Should I expect to pay for these services?


 

I would like to make a resume. How can I start?

I would like to make a resume. How can I start?

 

I'm glad that you are asking how to write a resume. As well as being an essential element of the job hunt, resume writing can be a very affirming exercise, providing as it does an opportunity to raise your awareness of your knowledge and many strengths, abilities, values, and interests. I would be happy to provide you with a very general overview of the resume writing process, as well as some resources to assist you with this process.

Masters in Counseling

I recently graduated with my masters degree in counseling and human services from a local University. Although I am not a LCPC yet, I would like to know what kind of career or field should I be looking for and what salary should I be asking for?

I'm not sure I have answers for you, but I do have lots of questions! What kind of career do you want? What areas are you interested in? What areas do you have skills in? Where do your skills and experience fit into the needs of the workplace? These are all issues you need to explore.

Bad Reference

Following a year in a top management position at a new job, I had major health problems requiring hospitalization which affected my work performance. Prior to this position I have had an exemplary 13 year track record. I do not believe this organization or my supervisor will give me a positive reference and I may be terminated. How would you deal with this on a resume or in a job interview? Should I not list this on my resume, and if so, how do I explain the gap?

Legal Jobs in Chicago

I am a lawyer practicing in Arizona, but wish to move to Chicago. Is it possible to find a good job as a non-licensed attorney in Chicago before writing the Illinois bar exam?

Welcome to Chicago! Finding whatever you consider a "good job" might be a possibility if you do your homework. You might first clarify what "good" means for you.

Moving to Chicago to Find a Job

I am a recent college graduate and currently live in a small town. My degree is in business and management. I was looking to getting a retail management job, but after working at some local retail stores, I know I do not want to do that. I'd like a job where I have a steady schedule (no second shifts) like the banking industry or marketing. Chicago is very appealing to me and I have already planned out where I want to live, what I will do, etc. But I can't get past the first hurdle: getting a job.

Headhunters in Chicago

I currently work for a fortune 500 company in Minneapolis, MN and my husband just received a job offer in Chicago. I'm trying to identify potential job opportunities for myself in Chicago and I'm wondering if there are services available that would work for me in helping me to find the right job (similar to a head hunter) please let me know if you have any suggestions.

I don't know of any agencies (other than placement services - all listed in the phone book) that do direct placement. You do not mention what type of job you do or what level.

Filing Unemployment

How do I qualify for unemployment insurance in Illinois and when, where, and how can I file?


Go to the Illinois Department of Employment Security's pamphlet online: What Every Worker Should Know About Unemployment Insurance

Jobless at Home and Needs a Career Change

I've worked since I was 16 and I stopped working at 29, as I had just burned the candle on both ends. I took some time out to try a career change as a cultural performer and now I am at home and jobless. On my job applications it looks like I didn't do anything for 3 years! The interviewers I am honest with don't even call me back. I'm starting to feel a physical depression and unqualified for anything. I need a start in the right direction, but I don't know where to start.

Returning to the Workforce Challenge

I am a 45 year old CPA. I have been at home raising my kids for 13 years. I spent 8 years prior to that working for one of the big four public accounting firms, as a manager. I need help figuring out how to get back into the work force. I have sent out many resumes but with no success.

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