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Indira Banerjee

Employment Counsellor / Career Advisor / Recruitment & Outplacement Consultant | Résumé Writer | Career Coach | Academic Advisor

2nd Chance Employment Counselling

Job Description

I help people find jobs by coaching them on job-search strategies and how to ace job interviews. I also assist them with their job applications by writing their resumes and cover letters. I often help my clients choose the career paths that would be best suited to them. I also advise and counsel them on higher education and career-related issues and queries.

Relevant School Subjects

  • Guidance and Career Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Education/Training
  • Social Work/Counselling

Career Story

After finishing high school, I completed a 3-year bachelor's degree (Honours) program majoring in Zoology and then I did my master's in Zoology with a specialization in Genetics. I had plans to do a Ph.D. and eventually having a career in research and university teaching - however, certain unexpected developments in my personal life forced me to rethink my career plans. After considerable deliberation, I decided to study Human Resources Management, and in 2013, I graduated from Conestoga College with distinction, with a postgraduate diploma in HR Management. Shortly after that I obtained my CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) designation and started working as a Recruitment Specialist for a staffing firm.

I worked in the staffing industry for a few years as a recruiter and helped people find jobs in a variety of different fields. I have interviewed and recruited people for all levels of positions in different industries - starting from entry-level office clerks and labourers for the manufacturing lines in a factory to Senior IT Director of a Fortune-500 corporation.

Discovering my passion for candidate development and career coaching, I transitioned to establishing my own career consultancy business after several years in recruitment. Since 2018, I have been self-employed as a Career Counsellor/Advisor and Resume Writer, a role I thoroughly enjoy. In addition to that, I have been working as an Employment Counsellor for 2nd Chance Employment Counselling in Guelph since mid-2023, and I am passionate about the impact my work has on the community. In the course of my journey as a Career Advisor and Resume Writer, I have attained several professional designations in the past few years that I am proud of: CRS (Certified Resume Strategist), CCS (Certified Career Strategist), CES (Certified Employment Strategist), NCOPE (Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert), and the CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional).

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