Linking Online Resources to Innovative Career Counseling Approaches

I’m very excited about continuing the conversation about how technology can be used in creative ways to enhance career counseling interventions and job searching. This presentation was made at the Ohio Career Development Association, co-sponsored by the National Career Development Association. This presentation is a mashup of previous Tech Twins presentations, updated with ethics, as well as a few new features hot off the presses. Hope you enjoy!

Technology, Counseling, & Ethics

Technology continues to provide new avenues for extending and enhancing career advising/counseling service delivery – but we must take into account ethical considerations. This is from a presentation I (Deb) made at NCDA‘s Career Practitioner Institute in Memphis a few weeks ago.

Use of Technology in Career Counseling

I recently had the opportunity to present at the Louisiana Career Development Association. Here are the slides:


National Career Development Month-It’s Not Too Late!

Today is the last day of National Career Development Month. Don’t worry if it snuck up on you – there’s still time to participate and promote career development – and what better way to do that than via technology!?! Here are some ideas:

  • LinkedIn
    • Update your profile.
    • Join a professional group and/or make a post or comment in one of these.
    • Explore converting a presentation to slideshare.
    • Personalize your LinkedIn address
    • Include that address in your email signature
  • Play with Apps
    • Browse through the apps that are hot now.
    • Consider how they might be adapted for career counseling.
  • Read NCDA’s Tech Tips
  • Get ready for next year’s CD month by putting it on your calendar – always in November! Read here for some ideas. Consider updating that list and submitting to Career Convergence to inspire others.
  • While at Career Convergence, take a few minutes to browse through the archives to learn something new.
  • Tweet or retweet something related to career development.
  • Engage in the rage – do a mannequin challenge that demos your career-related work.

Finally, take a minute and encourage others to invest in their own career development, whether it’s sprucing up their resume, reaching out to their network to keep connected, or looking at new job posts to see what’s out there and think about how to stay current.

What’s on Your Website?

Remember the old commercial, “What’s in Your Wallet?”


Well, today’s counselor might do well to ask, “What’s on my website/blog/twitter feed/instagram/youtube channel — social media?”

Dr. Barb Lofrisco just posted a brief (less than 2 minute) video on youtube of herself describing what counseling is to potential clients. This is a great way to provide information about the services you provide, as well as give potential clients a taste of your personality and an idea of how you might be as their career service provider. Future videos could follow that include demonstrations of how to use recommended self-help tools, such as diaphragmatic breathing for stress management, behavioral interviewing skills, etc.

Varying forms of information can increase the palatability of your information to different tastes. If you think of Holland types, some people may prefer charts, others may just want links to sites such as O*NET where they can dig into the research, while others might prefer videos. Ideally, similar to Frank Parsons would say, you would know your viewers and their preferences for for information, and seek to accommodate. Although, by staying with one only one form of delivery, you might inadvertently be alienating other potential viewers.Trying new things helps us to grow as well, and models important behavior for our clients and supervisees. So, what’s one new thing you’re willing to try today?