You may think that job counseling or career counseling is only for the unemployed, but in reality job counseling can help you get a promotion in your current job. There are many ways that a career counselor can help you evolve into the single mom career woman you want to be.
No matter what sort of job you have there is likely some way you can advance. Visit a job counselor to find out what sort of education requirements there are for the position you’d like to have. Take classes if needed and prepare yourself to discuss a promotion with your employer. Advancing in your job doesn’t happen overnight, but by discussing the possibilities with a job counselor you will be aware of the opportunities available to you and can work towards a certain position.
Job counseling can also offer you tips to help you show your employer that you are the right person for a certain position rather than hiring outside the company. You can learn about the different things you can do to get noticed by the powers that be. As a single mom you may not be available for a ton of overtime, but you can always make yourself valuable while you are at work by going above and beyond your job duties, by being on time and reliable, and by making sure that when you are at work, you aren’t chatting with the babysitter 10 times a day or getting called away from work for anything less than a real emergency.
How you present yourself on your job from day to day can be just as important as the preparations you make to achieve a promotion. A job counselor is not someone that you only need when you are out of work, they are there to help you with every aspect of your career; in fact many companies have a job counselor on the job in the HR department because they know the value of promoting within and advancing current employees. This has a huge effect on company loyalty, length of employment and can cut costs on training as well.
Take the time to find out how job counseling can help you not only find a job, but earn a promotion in your current job. You’ll find a great deal of helpful information and strategies for progressing in your career.
Job counseling is a wonderful resource for single moms. Many times your local Social Services Department will have someone specifically to help single moms with not only financial planning and aid, but also child care, food assistance and job searching. A career or job counselor is able to provide guidance, opinions and information concerning different jobs and their requirements. You may also be able to complete an aptitude test with your local career counselor that will help you determine what sort of job you should look for based on your skills and interests.
Another way a career counselor is helpful to single moms is that often temporary agencies will provide a listing of available temp positions to career counselors who then pass the information on to their clients. You could work temporary jobs to earn some money while you search for a full time career.
No matter what your situation if you are finding yourself in that place of needing to work, but aren’t sure what you want to do, or what you can do visit your local Social Services and meet with a career counselor. You may be surprised at the number of helpful resources your DSS has that will benefit you as a single working mom. If your DSS doesn’t have a career counselor on site, speak with a case worker and see if she can direct you to some form of community job counseling and aptitude program. Many community centers, libraries and community colleges have career counseling programs that are free to the community.
Don’t waste your life slaving in fast food if you really want to have a career. Yes, you need to support your children, but seeking a career counselor will help you find the balance you need to go for your goals while still providing for your kids. It’s worth the time to explore this resource and the benefits are countless. When you visit a career counselor you are adding one more person to a team that wants you to succeed. Sometimes as a single mom it feels like you are the only one who wants your life to go well, but a career counselor will not only believe in you, they will help you make it happen.
Frustration and disappointment are common when single moms search for jobs, but keep in mind that it’s the same for everyone who needs work and can’t find it, or is stuck in a job they hate because they have to pay the bills. The decision to work toward your goals starts with a trip to the career counselor.