Mistakes to avoid on your resume or CV [Guest Post]

Mistakes to avoid on your resume or CV [Guest Post]

Even though the economy is improving (or so the incumbent politicians keep telling us!), the job market is still pretty challenging, particularly for those seeking a position as a Professional School Counselor. But don’t let that discourage you; there are things you can do to make your job search easier. Equally as important, there are things you can avoid doing. One important factor in your success is the way you present yourself on your…

Interview Series: The Dreaded Paper Screen…

Interview Series: The Dreaded Paper Screen…

What really happens after you submit your application?? I always envisioned this dark room where a squat older bespectacled lady took pleasure in ripping my resume apart at the seams. Perhaps you think it goes into a black hole or in the bin. No matter what your vision is – you need to have a strategy when applying to jobs because you really never know who will be reviewing the applications. The Situation At my site – we are, sadly…

School Counselor Interviews – Overcome Your Anxiety

School Counselor Interviews – Overcome Your Anxiety

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. Into the unknown… Spring and summer mean hiring in the world of education. I recall, not too long ago, completing my graduate education in December and wading into the terrifying waters of applying for my first school counseling job. There is not much else like applying for a job (especially your first one). In a few…

Making The Cut: School Counselor Application Tips and Tricks

Making The Cut: School Counselor Application Tips and Tricks

You can succeed! The job hunting world can be cruel, frustrating and difficult to navigate. The ebb and flow of the economy, legislation, and focus on school counseling will create or decimate jobs. That is why the preparation, the paper screen, and presentation are so important in the process. I spoke in October 2017 at the California Association of School Counselors conference on key tips and tricks for the school counseling job hunter. I…

Home – The Counseling Geek

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A Letter To Myself – What I Wish I Knew On Day One

A Letter To Myself – What I Wish I Knew On Day One

Five years later…. Having recently returned from the 2017 ASCA National Conference in Denver, CO – I had a lot of learning, reflection, and networking on my mind. I got to meet and reconnect with both uber experienced veteran school counselors and school counselors just starting their journey into the profession. I still feel like a baby-faced newbie, but finishing year five – I feel like I have learned a LOT in that time. I…

#ASCA14 – ASCA Tips for the Noob

#ASCA14 – ASCA Tips for the Noob

Everyone has their first national conference – it is okay to admit it. While I may not yet be able to call myself an ASCA National Conference Veteran, I have been to enough to remember what it was like as a Noob (aka someone who is new…), but experienced enough to pass along some wisdom. Whether you are a counselor with your first job, an excited graduate student, or a counseling sage – the first time to a large conference…

Follow-Up: My Interview Kit

Follow-Up: My Interview Kit

Marketing Myself and Being Prepared On Tuesday, I posted a video blog about the process I took (and a process you can take too!) to construct a digital professional portfolio. This week I have been busy constructing my interview kit and I wanted to share that with you as well. Looking at it, I feel like it is a lot – but I think will be well prepared to answer the questions and show evidence with the arsenal I bring with me…

Bits & Bytes: Go ahead and rest

Bits & Bytes: Go ahead and rest

Rest is a school counseling essential. School counseling is a madly varied type of job. I often liken it to being a cop, minus the danger aspect. Every day that we go to work – we never really know what is going to walk through our office door. This is one aspect of the job that keeps it interesting, but it is also the aspect of our job that absolutely wears us down. I can have 20 things on my to-do list for the day and have one…

Interviewing: The Other Side of the Table

Interviewing: The Other Side of the Table

Today was a day of firsts… I had an exciting, albeit tedious, opportunity today to experience the “other side” of the interview table. I have had many past experiences being the one getting asked the hard questions, feeling somewhat awkward, and scrambling to think of “the right answer”, but before today I have never had the perspective of the interviewer. For those of you who have been on the interview…

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