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Career and Employment Counselors

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Counselors should have skills in conducting individual and group sessions to identify career goals; administering and interpreting tests that assess abilities and interests and identify career options; assisting in developing resumes and individualized career plans; and teaching job-hunting strategies. Employers look for individuals who have good listening, speaking, and people skills, because these counselors must be able to communicate with and show empathy with many different types of people, sometimes in difficult situations, including job stress, job loss, and career transition. The best candidates for counseling jobs are sociable, flexible, and cooperative by nature, show self-control and tolerance for stress, take individual initiative and leadership roles, and are honest and dependable in their dealings with others.

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