Simply put, a career advisor is a person who helps clients “make the best decisions for [their] career[s] and ensure [their] success,” explains Handshake.com, a career networking service designed for college students and graduates just starting their careers.
For Hunter, achieving that objective requires exploring three key factors for every client:
1. Experience: Where have you worked, what have you studied during your education and which skills do you have? Answers to these questions help outline a plan forward.
2. Goals and interests: Where do you want to be? What do you enjoy? This part is important, Hunter notes, “because there are a lot of people out there right now who are very proficient in their skills, but they’re miserable.”
3. Values: What drives you? What work environment will enable you to thrive?
The other part of the job, Hunter notes, is tailoring this discussion to each person. For example, a client might be interested in teaching but think it’s a poor career choice because they’ve heard it leads to burnout.
“A lot of people listen to what other people say about careers and assume that what they say must be true for them,” Hunter explains, “and it’s not.”
In Fewell’s case, she knew where she wanted to go and had the education, but she needed help getting her resumé and cover letter in order and making a plan. She also needed a certain level of moral support.
Fewell is the type of person who overcomes natural shyness with attention to detail, who is ambitious but prefers quiet tenacity over bold, brash actions. This type of personality often finds the self-promotion part of looking for a job about as much fun as getting a root canal.
“My clients tend to be extremely hard on themselves,” Hunter observes. “They tend to be their own very harsh inner critic.” So, Hunter focuses on calling out the negative self-talk that can derail a job search. And she works to affirm the valuable skills and qualities each client has to offer. This, she says, is almost as important as getting the resumé right.