Dear Career Doctor,
I am a middle age woman
who has spent most of my life raising a family and employed
in a family business which belonged to my ex-husband. How
can I find someone who can help me make a transition into
the job market? I need help with a resume, looking for job
opportunities and going on interviews.
You need a career
counselor. They routinely help people choose and navigate
the right career path. Plus they help with things like resumes
and interviewing skills.
There are plenty
of people who call themselves career counselors. The problem
is finding a reputable, properly trained and experienced
one. Here are two ways to do this:
First, some psychologists
like me are trained not just to do psychotherapy, but also
to do vocational testing and counseling. If you just want
career counseling, they will limit themselves to just that.
If you want personal counseling as well, they will be able
to give you both. To find a licensed, trained vocational
psychologist, call the Westchester County Psychological
Association's referral service at 723-3030. The woman who
will give you a referral is named Bobbie Gallager, and she
is very pleasant and helpful.
You could also call
the National Board of Certified Counselors, at (910) 547-0607.
This is a professional organization for career counselors
in Greensboro, North Carolina, and they can refer you to
someone in Westchester.
You are making two
major life changes at one time -- leaving a marriage and
a job --so you are wise to get some support. A good counselor
can help you make these transitions. Good luck!
The Career Doctor