Counselors deal personally with people. They deal with a wide range of problems: drug problems, eating problems, emotional problems, behavior problems, gambling problems, learning problems, family and community problems, etc. Counselors work along with psychologists, social workers and doctors if needed. They set up appointments which can be daily, twice or thrice a week. They usually work in a office and can work in different environment settings; it can be in a school, in a hospital or in their own office. Future counselors need to have a strong empathy and a capacity to understand simple and complicated problems. They must know how to dialogue with the patients and how to offer solutions that could be adopted adequately by the patient.

A counselor resume must be redacted carefully. If you've just graduated, you must prioritize any volunteer work and education information; if you've already had work experience, you will have enough information to redact your resume.

Kevin Wellman, PhD
5111 South 84th St.
San Francisco, CA 94137
Home: (413) 555-6217
Voice: (413) 555-2019

A challenging and rewarding position as a counselor working with youth populations.


- Pro-active treatment of depression and chemical personality disorders
- Success with violent youth offenders
- Comfortable with urban environment


Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Counselor #13853
Licensed Professional Counselor (CA), #9012

Employment History

2003 - Present Head Youth Counselor
Abraxas Youth Correctional Facility, Los Angeles, CA
Provided supervision for a group of 20 youth counselors, and worked directly with a diverse
population of 200 juvenile offenders. Designed and implemented rehabilitational programs
designed to help facilitate a smooth transition for children who would return to their
regular families and schools upon completing their term at Abraxas. Established group
therapy methods and a theatre arts program, both still in existence at the facility today.

1999 - 2003 Counselor
Mission Valley High School, San Diego, CA
Provided counseling for 2,000 students, ages 14 through 18. Familiarized students with the
college admissions process; helped students prepare applications. Provided vocational
counseling for students who were more technically inclined and desired to enter trade
school. Ensured mental and emotional well-being of the student body.


1999 Ph.D, Psychology University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
Doctoral Dissertation: "Art as Medication"
1995 B.A., Sociology & Education
Columbia University, New York, NY

Volunteer Experience

San Leandro YMCA, San Leandro, CA
Shook Nursing Home, San Francisco, CA

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Don't forget to include elemental aspects of your previous jobs into your counselor resume. Remember that you will want to demonstrate your counseling skills and everything that your job encompasses. You have to show that you know what it takes to be a counselor.

Karl Finnigan

92nd Street
Becker, Minnesota, 56554
Home: (568) 2210-980.

To provide assessment to people in need.

  • Strong sociology background.
  • Can empathize with individuals.
  • Advanced communication skills.
  • Can assess any kind of problem.

- 2002 to Present High school Counselor, MI.
Evaluated learning and behavioral aspects of students, reviewed previous assessments, requested new arrangements for students that required some accommodations, helped foreign students to familiarize with the rules of the school.

- 2001 to 2002 Youth Correctional Facility, MI.
Implemented an Arts Program for adolescents from age 12 to 18; they learned a lot about themselves and practiced various forms of art expression. Set up a counseling office; examined their attitudes and implemented the best type of rehabilitation treatment, especially for those who have had drug problems.


- Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI.
Bachelor's degree in Psychology, 1996.
Master's degree in Counseling, 2001.

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