C Create an open and trusting environment for the client.
A Assist clients in developing an action plan for their work search process.
R Review clients documents in a non judgmental, but open-minded approach, and ensure the documents are scannable, as it takes some employers 10 seconds to determine if a résumé is worth viewing.
E Encourage clients to explore and brainstorm potential occupations. Eliminate choices that are not realistic. Not everyone was born to be a rocket scientist.
E Extroverted or Introverted, help clients explore where they get their energy from. Extroverted- get energy from being with people. Introverted- get energy from being alone.
R Résumé development with the client, so the client is represented accurately and professionally.
C Cover letter assistance, to ensure the client represents their skills and abilities successfully.
O Overcome obstacles, help them identify what stands between them and their occupational goal (License? Education? Language Barrier?)
N Networks; have the clients clean up their social networks (i.e. Facebook). Did you know in 2010, 55% of employers used social media as a hiring tool!
S Skills set; help the client identify their personal, transferable and technical skills.
U Understand the clients’ goals, and ensure they are achievable.
L Label clients strengths and abilities, and don’t dwell on the negative.
T Types of résumés: Chronological, Functional and Combination Style, help client identify which one best represents them.
A Aid in identifying the clients’ brand. Brand- is how we represent ourselves. Who are you? What makes you unique?
N Next meeting; set up a time, set goals to accomplish for the next meeting.
T “The man who has the largest capacity for work and thought, is the man who is bound to succeed”
Tina Styles is a Continuing Education Student currently studying within the Career Consultant Certificate Program at Mohawk College. MCACES offers a comprehensive Employment Advisement program for our students. For more information about Employment Advisement, please visit the MCACES website, www.mcaces.ca or contact Lidia Siino, Employment & Communications Specialist at Lidia.firstname.lastname@example.org.