Just Because They Say They Do, Doesn’t Mean Job Counselors Know What They Are Doing

With the rise and expansion of the field of human resources, today’s job seekers are in dire need of appropriate assistance…”

As a professional Career Development Facilitator, with three nationally recognized credentials in modern career development from the National Career Development Association (www.ncda.org), and as a salaried, non-profit worker who does not charge for services, I am alarmed and appalled at the poor advice, resumes and other career services hawked around town by amateurs, out-of-date practitioners, untrained state employees, volunteers, and self-proclaimed experts charging fees.  Clients repeatedly come to me and report their time and money being wasted by trusting in people who claim to know what they are doing, but produce terrible resumes or insist clients design their own with computer programs, have limited or dubious employment opportunities, and send them further into depths of disappointment and despair over an unproductive job search.

With more than enough on my plate, I am not trying to drum up business.  I only seek to educate consumers.  Ask your career counselor about their credentials and client references.  Experience as a business professional, as human resources staff or a counseling degree do not provide sufficient knowledge of modern career development theory and practices.  A GCDF (Global Career Development Facilitator) is the only American career credential I’ve seen where practitioners are well-versed in modern career interest assessment, theory, and concrete tools to help job seekers develop necessary self-marketing skills to find desired employment.  While there are multiple credentialing opportunities year-round and around the country advertised through NCDA, the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Department currently offers the only in-person GCDF credential course in the state, taught by UNM Career Services staff during Spring semester.

Job placement is an outdated misnomer.  No one puts you in a job like a match-maker.  With the rise and expansion of the field of human resources, today’s job seekers are in dire need of appropriate assistance in understanding their skills and abilities in order to find or develop appropriate opportunities, address a job posting’s expectations, and then sell themselves on paper, online and in an interview.

It’s not rocket science, but without proper guidance, today’s unemployed and underemployed job seekers flounder and become discouraged in assumptions of age and racial discrimination and devalue their own worth.  Well-qualified job candidates aren’t getting past the complex, multiple and often poorly designed human resource hoops they must now jump through so they can start where we used to; directly meeting bosses and supervisors desperately seeking good workers and with the ability to assess their merit.

A good job or career counselor will help you decide on your career and job search focus, teach you how to find or create opportunities, and guide you in a self-marketing strategy that helps you recognize and promote your skills and abilities.  It is a team effort, where you both must do your work well.  Expect no less from your helper(s), and commit no less to yourself.

January 10, 2015