By Gladys Mae
Gladys is the Associate Director of Admissions & Student Services with over 10 years of experience at the International Career Institute.
The process of looking and applying for a counselling job might be daunting, as it can involve a long process of endless applications, tests and interviews. That’s why we’ve put together some key job search and interviewing tips that will help you land employment as a counsellor. But first, let’s take a look at where you might want to look for work as a counsellor.
There are many counselling positions available within a wide variety of career fields, as different industries and companies may require counsellors for a number of different purposes. The following are some places that hire counsellors:
Please note that this list is non-exhaustive, and counselling positions are available in other areas beyond those listed above.
Once you’ve decided where you’d like to work as a counsellor, you can start your job application process. Here are three tips to help you find and secure your dream job.
The nature of our digital world means most employment opportunities are posted on job search websites. You can increase your chances of landing an interview if you know how to use them effectively. First, find the job search site that fits best with the kind of job information you want. Some websites list job openings only, while others offer discussion groups, networking, newsletters, and blog articles with job-search tips.
Also check to see how frequently the site’s job posts are updated; if there are several posts over 30-days-old, you’ll want to use a different job search site. Use the information you find to research companies and potential employers. Additionally, consider using the site to engage in networking, as studies show that Australian job seekers who networked had a 74% success rate.
Update your resume and make sure it offers answers to these key questions:
Your resume is a brochure advertising your skills and abilities, and it’s a wise idea to it available online through one or two reputable job search sites. Limit it to that number so you don’t gain the reputation of being a resume spammer.
A great way to practice and prepare for job interviews is to anticipate the questions the interviewer will ask you. Some questions to think about and prepare answers for are:
Always provide specific examples during the interview, and remember that you’re talking with another person or group. This action is in itself a test of your ability to communicate and build a rapport with others.
Find ways to connect with the interviewers at a human level and demonstrate your ability to empathise in your responses. Be sure to monitor your behaviour and try to be as relaxed as possible. Answer questions concisely but thoroughly, and check with the interviewer to be sure you’ve answered to their satisfaction. Your depth of knowledge will be evident in your responses as well.
Before you start applying for jobs, you’ll need to earn a diploma to become a qualified counsellor. Formal qualifications are important because they prove that you’ve completed a diploma program and have mastered basic training for entry-level counselling roles. The International Career Institute’s Counselling and Psychology Course will help you get the necessary qualifications and skills to start your counselling career, so enrol today.