Career Counselor Skills

Career Counselor Skills for Job Applications and Employment

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Here's a list of skills employers seek in the candidates they hire for career counselor jobs. Skills will vary based on the position for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

Career Counselor Skills

A - C

  • Active Listening
  • Assertiveness
  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Career Programs and Services
  • Assessing the Needs of Clients for Services
  • Assessing Trends Regarding Hiring Practices
  • Attention to Detail
  • Attracting Recruiters to Campus
  • Avoiding the Internalization of Client Problems
  • Coaching Parents Regarding Strategies for Assisting Their Offspring
  • Collaborating with Other Student Service Offices or Community Service Providers
  • Compassion
  • Composing Emails with Advice for Clients
  • Conducting Internet Research
  • Conducting Simulated Interviews with Clients
  • Counseling Clients regarding Career Goals
  • Critiquing Resumes and Cover Letters

D - H

  • Developing a Web Presence for Career Services
  • Developing Peer Advising Programs
  • Developing Rapport with Clients
  • Differentiating Between Career and Psychological Obstacles to Progress within Clients
  • Educating Clients Regarding the requirements for Careers
  • Empathy
  • Enlisting the Support of Faculty to Reach Students
  • Evaluating Emerging Technology
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Client's Job Search Approach
  • Facilitating Group Sessions
  • Finding Ways to Engage Students Who are Reluctant to Plan Their Careers
  • Flexibility
  • Friendly Persona
  • Helping Clients to Assess Interests, Values, Skills and Personal Qualities

I - P

  • Integrating Computer Aided Guidance Systems
  • Interpreting Career Assessments
  • Interviewing 
  • Marketing
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Word
  • Modeling a Viable Social Media Presence
  • Multitasking
  • Nonverbal Communications
  • On-Going Learning
  • Paraphrasing
  • Planning Events
  • Presenting Job Search Workshops
  • Prioritizing
  • Promoting Events and Services
  • Providing Constructive Criticism

R - Z

  • Reading Non-Verbal Cues
  • Receiving Criticism
  • Referring Clients to Other Service Providers
  • Researching the Relative Demand for Various Occupations
  • Securing Cooperation Of Alumni
  • Stress Management
  • Summarizing Key Points
  • Supervising Support and/or Student Staff
  • Teaching Clients How to Utilize Social Media in Their Job Search
  • Teaching Networking Techniques
  • Time Management
  • Verbal Communication
  • Writing Articles About Career Issues

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