I am a Job Search and Career who has helped job seekers for 7 years regarding their professional brand, resumes, LinkedIn, job search, & interviewing skills.
I received my Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College in Orlando, FL & I'm a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with the State of Florida (IMH15228).
I help job seekers because I've been there...
Under-employed and working 2-4 jobs at any given time for 8 years.
Attending career fairs and sending out tons of resumes online...
I got jobs (and plenty of them) but I struggled with being underpaid, underappreciated, and restricted by management.
I felt desperate to make ends meet, even it meant sacrificing my family, lifestyle, and mental health.
Now I work full-time, make the salary I want, love what I do & whom I work with, and work consistent hours. I accomplished this by...
Narrowing my job search exclusively on what I wanted. I stopped trying to be what everyone wanted.
Working with a Staffing Agency and networking to learn of opportunities before they were posted online.
Utilizing my genuine curiosity for (and interest in) helping others to create 4 internships and 3 job opportunities for myself.
Meet Ashley (A) Cross
What's the Difference Between Coaching & Counseling?
What They Have in Common
In both of these approaches, clients examine negative beliefs and way to counter them;
build self-compassion skills; expand their support systems; explore and research potential next steps; and navigate through systemic barriers.
How Are They Different?
Is action-oriented, solution-focused, and emphasizes the present/future.
It is goal-specific, educational, and holds clients accountable for their progress.
It focuses on exploring career options, navigating through the job search, & managing other career transitions.
The coach-client relationship that is more socially oriented. It's acceptable to connect online via social media (i.e. LinkedIn) or meet in public settings (i.e.
at a coffee shop).
Is often process-oriented and emotion-focused.
It often explores the past & present, in depth, to help clients resolve deeper seated issues related to their self-worth and personal identity.
It is often less structured than coaching.
It examines career identity from a holistic context, looking at
how one's personal life affects their career and vice versa.
The therapeutic relationship is more confidential, private, and personal.
Establishment & discussion of boundaries is an ongoing conversation for anyone pursuing both career coaching & counseling services through A.Cross Careers, LLC.
While Career Counseling can help with anxiety, depression, and attention issues related to one's career choices (or how one's career is affecting your life in other areas), chronic mental health issues like the ones below or acute issues (like suicidal thoughts, domestic violence, etc.) are better suited for another type of counselor.
Mental Health Counseling is...
process-oriented and often emotion-focused.
It may delve deeper into the past & address more internalized issues/patterns.
It can examine a variety of issues outside of the scope of career counseling, including marriage/family therapy, relationship issues, child therapy, trauma therapy, etc.
Mental Health Counseling (or Therapy)
Can Be More Helpful With:
Anxiety & Depression
Children Acting Out
Coping with Life in General
Dealing with Chronic Pain
Grief & Loss