Topic 3: Jobs in Counseling – The Search and Application Process {by 6/13}

Based on the readings and assignment due this week consider the following discussion points:  *(1) Discuss your thoughts and feelings about your recent job search experience.  For example, did you learn anything?  Do you feel more (or less) optimistic about obtaining a job upon graduation?  (2) What are some potential anxieties and/or concerns you have about interviewing for a job in the mental health field upon graduation?  (3) Although your potential employer may want to know certain qualities about you, what organizational qualities are important to you?  Your original post should be posted by the beginning of class 6/13.  Post your two replies no later than 6/15.  *Please remember to click the “reply” button when posting a reply.  This makes it easier for the reader to follow the blog postings.

 

*Yes, the first discussion point is very similar to your second reflection question for your assignment.  Thus, you can use the answer for your assignment (or a part of it) for the blog. The rationale is that this will give a chance for your peers to read a few responses and potentially provide some helpful insight with their replies. This will also help with “priming” for in class participation.

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  1. Teresa DiTommaso
    Jun 12, 2019 @ 12:39:24

    1. This job search provided an opportunity to get into the important details of the job, beyond my eligibility status. It was most helpful for me because I am not sure where I will be after graduation; so practicing looking for jobs in multiple different states was very helpful. I had to make sure I was using the correct vernacular according to each state and learning which terms to plug in will save me time when it comes applying for jobs in one state in the near future. It was also good practice to look at each state’s requirements I was looking into and determining if I would even be eligible to work there in terms of pre-master’s experience and hours required for internship and practicum. Determining which phrases to use and which phrases got the most results was one of the major things I learned as I did this exercise.
    The other most important thing that I learned as I was doing this assignment was the fact that so many postings do not put the salary in the job description and even when I went onto their site websites, it still was not posted. This is concerning to me, but I can also begin to see that is just the fact of the matter when applying for an entry-level job in this field. Therefore, I will make sure that it is one of the most important questions that I ask during the interview, as well as the benefits package offered. As stated in Chapter 6, the benefits for a job can outweigh the salary in a positive way that makes the job that pays less of a salary still more appealing due to its generous benefits package. As long as I remain unmarried for the time being, benefits are more important to me than salary to a certain degree.
    In terms of how I felt throughout this process and my optimism level about finding a job upon graduation, the most frustrating part was that the salaries were not listed and learning which type of words resulted in the most hits for that particular region. Although it was overwhelming to a certain degree, I found it more exciting than overwhelming. I am excited to get experience in a different region of the country and work in a different setting with a different population. I feel as if becoming oriented to multiple different settings and populations makes you more marketable going forward in one’s career. It was clear that there are many opportunities for jobs for master’s-level clinicians in multiple places, so I was optimistic about that fact. The most frustrating thing for me trying to find jobs at residential treatment centers that were not for DMH or mentally disabled clients. That is one of the major questions I have after completing this process is, how do I search for jobs in residential centers that are for individuals who are not chronically mentally ill patients, who are instead individuals such as adolescents or adults dealing with a particular set of issues?
    2. In terms of interviewing for a job, my major concerns is how the interviewers will interpret my outside presentation on immediately meeting me. It is still so concerning to me that research still finds that individuals, more specifically women, are not given the job based on the fact that they where “too much makeup” or “too little makeup.” As a women who probably falls into the later category, it makes me anxious that research findings still support this biased claim that employers determine whether or not women can do a job effectively based on the amount of make-up they wear. Aside from cosmetics, although I am aware of what professional dress is, as a women, I am always very conscientious of whether I wear a dress to an interview or pants to an interview. Although that may sound silly, depending on the type of setting, I feel as if I need to be very careful about my dress depending on the setting in which I am applying to work. I am not sure if I am explaining this very well, but I an example I can think of is that I wear dresses to work when I work in the hospital, but I would never wear a dress to an interview at a correctional facility. All in all, one of my major concerns is the judgment of others based on my appearance, and I believe that this concern is well founded due to the research and the simple fact that I am a woman.
    3. Although there are many different organizational qualities that are important to me when looking for a job, I think the most important is that they practice evidence-based treatments and are companies that follow a non-profit model versus a for-profit model. Although I have enjoyed my work in the hospital, because hospitals are for-profit businesses, I have some issues with the way things are run due to that fact. Therefore, I want to make sure that not only does the model of care of my employer match my own model of care to a good degree, but also the foundation/reason of the organization must be in line with my personal values.

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    • Stephanie Mourad
      Jun 15, 2019 @ 15:41:40

      Teresa,
      I like the point that you mentioned about using the correct vernacular because I noticed that additional jobs would pop up if I used different terms, i.e., clinician vs. psychologist vs. counselor. I also like the point that you made about the salary. I would prefer that job position require to have the salary posted but I think some of it has to do whether or not they hire a masters level clinician vs. a licensed clinician. I did notice that some job offerings posted salaries and distinguished between how much a masters level clinician would make versus a license one. I also agree with you about what to wear to an interview and whether or not we put on too much makeup or not enough makeup. I do feel that as females, we are held to a standard on how to dress and look in the workplace.

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  2. Aleksa Golloshi
    Jun 13, 2019 @ 06:16:56

    1. This job search was extremely beneficial. Before this, I hadn’t looked at any jobs, nor did I know what to expect for a salary range. This search helped me see that there are multiple organizations within Worcester that are hiring and looking for outpatient clinicians, as well as in-home therapists, crisis clinicians, and substance abuse clinicians. There are also plenty of neighboring towns that have job openings if I decide that I don’t want to work in a city where I grew up. I think it was also helpful that almost all the jobs that were listed came with a description of what the position would entail, what is expected of the employee, and what qualifications need to be met.

    During my search, I noticed that a lot of the organizations had benefits that would be important as I begin developing my adult life. These benefits include health insurance, a 401K plan, and one even discussed maternal leave. These are aspects that I somewhat forgot to consider but I know that when I do start applying for a job these would be important to me. I’m sure there are more aspects that I haven’t thought of that would be important to have in an organization that I work for, but I’m hoping I’ll recognize them when I’m actively applying for jobs.

    I feel optimistic about obtaining a job after I graduate, since 20 of the 30 jobs I found would hire me with my Masters degree. There were a few concerns that were brought up as I did this search, however. I noticed that some of the jobs listed wanted years of experience of providing care or of being in the field. The maximum number of years I saw was 7, while the minimum number was 2. This is concerning because I only have one year of experience through my internship, which would make me immediately disqualified from applying to these jobs. Another concern of mine is working with clients who abuse substances. This is solely a concern due to the fact that I have absolutely no experience working with this population and during my search I saw a good amount of positions that involved being a substance abuse clinician. I don’t believe I want to work with this population, however I think it would be beneficial to have experience in this field.

    2. When thinking about interviewing, one of my main concerns is appearing competent during the actual interview. I’d want to show the employer that I’m knowledgeable and that I would be a good addition to their team, however I wouldn’t want to appear “too much.” I think of odd things like laughing just enough to show I’m outgoing, but then not laughing too much to show that I’m serious and professional. I also think about my appears and the way I present myself. I know the human mind takes seconds to unconsciously make judgements on new stimuli and new people, and I’d hope that I make a great first impression. I wouldn’t want to talk too much, but I definitely can’t be shy and timid. I believe there’s a lot going on, in terms of how I physically look, how I carry myself, how I answer questions, and how I display my knowledge of the field. I mainly want to appear competent and almost prove to the interviewer that I am good enough to be part of their organization. There are times when I become anxious when interviewing or talking in front of people I don’t know, and there are times when I am completely content. I still haven’t figured out how to completely manage my voice cracking or stuttering when I’m anxious but I think this needs to be addressed before I begin interviewing.

    3. One important quality that my organization would need to embody would be maintaining ethical standards. I would need to know that the organization is practicing ethically and with the client’s best interest in mind. I would feel like a horrible person if I worked for an organization that disregarded ethical standards, or that mistreated their clients in any way. When I say mistreat I refer to therapy being conducted in a way that is not beneficial to the client, or that involves the client making little to no progress with their goals. I don’t want to be part of an organization that engages in “talk therapy” or that’s not utilizing aspects I consider important such as homework. That being said, I know clinicians that I work with will practice different theoretical frameworks; I just hope these orientations are ethical and serve the client as well as it can.

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    • Allexys Burbo
      Jun 15, 2019 @ 15:20:24

      Aleksa,

      I too share a similar anxiety about interviewing that you describe. While the primary objective is to demonstrate my ability to be an exceptional addition to the organization, I worry that I will be unsure how to be balanced in my presentation. I hope that I am able to articulate my skills and knowledge but worry about my potential employer’s initial impression of me. While I am not generally intimidated in the presence of other professionals– as I am comfortable in what I have acquired over the course of these last few years – I am nervous about how exactly to “sell myself” in a way that does not read as arrogant or “all knowing.” I want the interviewee to understand my passion for learning and openness to new experience. Furthermore, I am aware that I have quirks that sometimes surface at the most inopportune of moments. As first impressions are important to the overall perception of a person, I am worried that anxiety about my presentation might negatively impact my interview – that in feeling inhibited, I will not perform to the best of my ability.

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    • Matthew Lubomirski
      Jun 17, 2019 @ 03:19:15

      Hey Aleksa,

      Just like I hadn’t really done much research in what sort of job options were actually out there. For better or worse I always saw it as “I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it” sort of thing. It was great seeing how many jobs will be available post masters.Not mention the variety of settings and populations in those jobs. I was also excited about some of the other further off job possibilities for after licensure. I also noticed that some of the jobs I found were looking for several years of experience. I think a bright side here is that some of those locations do see our education as experience. This may not be true for all places but I do recall a few postings I looked at even specifically stating that relevant schooling also counts.

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  3. Matthew Collin
    Jun 13, 2019 @ 13:54:08

    1.) I was surprised, but also not surprised at the fact that most jobs did not show what they offer for a salary or hourly wage. I am also not surprised because the salaries are often given at the interview. A good salary (for a beginning therapist) is important to me. I am seeking at least 45 thousand dollars a year. I am also surprised on how many require you to already have a license. This discourages me. The jobs I saw that I would really want all “require” licensure, but I wasn’t how accurate that was. If I contact them would they consider me? Who knows? That’s something that I will have to continue looking for in the future. I feel less optimistic about my options in the future – most likely because I am not yet licensed. Opportunities appear to open considerably once you receive a license. I am also a negative person, so I may be overthinking this a little too much.
    2.) Some concerns I have about being competent in a job interview are as follows. I want to make sure that my internship placement was a credible area to train. I also want to have good reviews. I also worry that I have not had great experiences in my internship and practicum for an employer to think I will be good at treating their population. My internship and practicum placements were mostly substance abuse clients. I want to make sure that if I were to want to work on an inpatient or work with “just mental health” clients, that my potential employer would consider me for that position I am applying too. I also worry about their ability to give me supervision. How does it work within the organization? Who will do it? What is his/her modality of therapy? These are things I worry about.
    3.) I have many organization qualities I wish to ask if I was a potential employee. First would be about benefits (because in the job search most did not have that specifically listed), then salary, and upward mobility in the organization. I also want to know about supervision, and the organizations process or guidelines at providing supervision. I also want to know about what the hierarchy of the organization is. Apparently, this is important based on my last internship. I need to know what to say to what people. I hate the fact that I have to be somewhat politically savvy when being in an organization, but unfortunately it is a quality that I understand is quite beneficial if you know what to say to what people.

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    • Matthew Lubomirski
      Jun 17, 2019 @ 03:28:51

      Hey Matt,

      I certainly share your hope in finding a good salary coming out of the gate. Beyond factoring in benefits I think it’s also important to keep in mind an offered salary in relation to the area the site is working out of. I was talking about salary with a friend of mine recently and it dawned on me how much more he makes in Boston in comparison to what I expect to make. But the cost of living in that are certainly takes its toll. I think you made an excellent point on office politics that I had not even considered. It is frustrating to think about how much something like that can play a role in our success but it is indeed a reality. Knowing who to talk to, and who to avoid can be huge in not only trying to further our careers but also just to make each work day a little easier to get through.

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  4. Allexys Burbo
    Jun 13, 2019 @ 15:21:48

    The job search exercise was effective in that it helped to clearly depict opportunities that are accessible to us as master’s level clinicians following completion of this program. From this assignment, I learned that in addition to the completion of a master’s degree, a number of positions suggest that applicants also have prior experience in specific environments or working with particular populations, demonstrate specific skills and may require supplementary certifications or training opportunities that are tailored to the specific needs of their agency. Given that I will only have acquired minimal experience within the field upon completion of the program, I was concerned that so many of the jobs listed expressed interest in master’s level clinicians with specific requirements such as numerous years of experience. For the jobs that I developed a particular interest for, I wondered if some of the conditions listed could be negotiated or offered through entry into the position. Additionally, while this may have been a flaw in my own methods of searching, I found little jobs in research or administration (not that I am hold any real interest in either position). Beyond this component, however, the search increased my confidence that available jobs await us upon graduation.

    A general concern I have about the interviewing process is that I am able to articulate my skills and knowledge. On occasion, my own anxiety has interfered with my ability to do this successfully. Although I am confident that I would be a good candidate for any job I seek to apply for, I also have fleeting thoughts about whether I can portray this effectively in an interview setting. Additionally, I am sometimes concerned that my mechanism for disguising this – by allowing my personality through – might diminish an employers’ perception of me as a sound prospective employee. I recognize that although there is an advantage to expressing myself genuinely in most settings, it can present barriers if not received well. Although I wouldn’t regard my behavior as unprofessional – or conduct myself unprofessionally – I am conscious that exercising self-awareness is fundamental in an interview setting. While this should generally go without saying, it is a great reminder to self.

    One organizational quality that is of particular importance to me is that my place of employment demonstrates a genuine interest in its employees. It would bring me great comfort to know that the agency that employs me is able to provide resources to support the people it employs. As we discussed previously, the volume of stress associated with the mental health profession means that we are at particular risk for experiencing burnout. For this reason, finding an organization that both recognizes and works to address issues related to stress management and support its employees’ health needs is important. I have heard numerous accounts of organizations that exhibit little regard for the needs of their employees. While I understand that the nature of some agencies requires its staff to undertake large caseloads and other administrative tasks, it is important to me that they also supply these same members with adequate resources to help manage this level of work.

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    • Teresa DiTommaso
      Jun 14, 2019 @ 20:27:48

      Allexys,

      You are not alone in your concerns about seeing certain qualifications, such as experience with particular populations or areas of the mental health field, as a requirement or preferences in addition to requiring a master’s level degree. Although I hope that most of those positions are negotiable, as you mentioned in your post, it is anxiety-provoking due to my lack of clinical experience before entering this program. Additionally, I feel as if I want to work with a different population than the one I worked with during my internship, so the population that I do have some experience with is not the one I necessarily want to continue working with at this point in my career. One of my biggest fears is getting caught in one population, one setting, and only one area of mental health. Although that maybe what my future occupation in this field will look like, I want to experience multiple different populations and settings before decided which area I would like to specialize in as a cornerstone of my career. It is my concern that we will become stuck in one path because the experience required to move up is the only experience we have, if that makes sense.

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    • Matthew Collin
      Jun 15, 2019 @ 17:44:57

      Allexeys,
      I understand your fears of certain jobs wanting specific population experience. I also think that it doesn’t matter because potential employers should know that we have only had experiences in our internships. We don’t have tons of experience – that’s implied by the fact that we are seeking supervision when we leave our degree program. As you stated in your blog response, I think that most of these requirements (aka “experiences”) are negotiable. Our program is reputable, and I think any employer will enjoy that you seek to see the population(s) they serve.

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  5. Stephanie Mourad
    Jun 13, 2019 @ 15:34:11

    1. The first thing I learned is that some of the jobs require you to be licenses eligible. This would mean that the job is applicable to those who are working towards their licensure. Some jobs also state that they prefer to have someone licensed but it does not mean it is required. I noticed that a lot of the jobs required you to have a certain amount of years experience with a certain population. For example, one position stated that a requirement would be to have one-year experience working with children. I am wondering if our experience at internship will count towards that or if they are looking for actual work experience. I also learned that the majority of the positions listed that they would offer trainings in other areas and skills and this is something that I look for when searching for a job. I do feel more optimistic about obtaining a job just because there are so many jobs out there for us in this field. At first I thought there wouldn’t be really anything available but there is a range and varieties of positions and work places.
    2. Personally one of my potential anxieties is not coming off as if I know what I am doing. I don’t want to come off as nervous or too timid because I feel like people hiring don’t want to see that. I think being interviewed in general is something that gives me anxiety and I just have never been good at being put on the spot. I would like to practice this in order to come off as confident in my interviews and that people hiring know my set of skills and what I have to offer. Other worries is not fully understating benefits that the job offers me or if I am accepting too little of a salary. I would like more knowledge on what a good starting salary should be and what exactly some of the benefits mean.
    3. Qualities that I feel like are important is adapting to new opportunities and changes. I feel like things change a lot in the work field and new caseloads or experiences are handed to you and it is your job to be able to adapt and work with what is given. I think we should be able to expand our skills and adapt to new and changing ways. Many of the positions I saw provide additional training in other therapies and I think that this is a great opportunity to learn new skill sets. As therapists, we should be able to expand our knowledge in various techniques and see what else is out there that can work for our clients. Another quality that I think is important is being able to ask for advice and help when needed. I would rather ask for help than do something wrong and hurt my client. If a therapist is stuck on something and can’t figure out the next step for their client then ask your supervisor or colleagues.

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    • Aleksa Golloshi
      Jun 19, 2019 @ 08:47:17

      Hi Steph,

      I completely relate to your statement of not wanting to come off as too timid or nervous. As counselors, I believe we want to come off as calm and collective, and as if we have no anxiety or maladaptive behaviors to show that we’re competent for the job. I seldom do well when I’ve been put on the spot as well, but as the years go by I’ve been learning how to self-regulate and use self-talk to try to control physiological symptoms, like my rapid heart rate. I really like that you want to practice interviewing because I think the more you do it the more comfortable you’ll be. As you said, you being confident in interviews will give you a better chance to show some of the skills you’ve acquired!

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  6. Cassie McGrath
    Jun 13, 2019 @ 16:57:16

    1) I enjoy searching for jobs. I think it is interesting to see what is out there. I check pretty often about opportunities and it is even interesting to see some of the same jobs posted after some time, possibly indicating that the positions have not been filled, which to me makes me wonder about the job itself. I found the job search activity helpful however, because it allowed me to organize my thoughts on one page of paper. It also gave me a chance to visually compare jobs, where if I am just looking online it is harder to do. I though it was interesting how few jobs post salaries or hourly rates, I guess when I am just browsing I do not notice, but when I was putting all my jobs into a spread sheet, it became clear how few actually provided the value.
    Aside from the money values, I think something else that I found interesting while doing the job search is there is little information about the supervision that is offered at these sites. Jobs may post saying that you can be license eligible or that a license is not required, but few actually discuss what the opportunity for supervision would be. I found this to be a bit frustrating because I would hate to apply for a job that I believe I am qualified for, only to later find out that it does not provide me with adequate supervision. When I noticed on the job search sites that there was lacking information, I went to the companies website and looked at the job listings through their website to see if there was additional information. The benefit of going to the sites is that I was able to actually see more jobs with different titles that I may have missed with the job search that I used on the search engines. This gave me opportunity to alter my searches and find more.

    Overall, I am optimistic about finding a job, I just want to make sure that I am not rash in my job choice because I am afraid of going without work.

    2) I think for me I have the normal anxieties about interviewing for jobs. I know that my tattoos have been a topic of discussion, and it is definitely something that I think about but it is not something that I would change. Truthfully, I would say that if an agency does not hire me due to my tattoos, it may not be an agency that I would want to work for anyway. Otherwise I do not have any major concerns about interviewing. I always prep before an interview with information about the agency I am applying for, I also come prepared with strengths and weaknesses about myself, and questions for the agency.

    3) In regards to agencies and their policies, there are some things that I definitely find important. The first being the supervision policy, this is something that I most certainly want to ask about. I also am curious about training opportunities not just for CEU’s but in general. I think agencies that want to provide opportunities for their employees to grow is something that I find important. Logistically, finding a job where there are good benefits is very important, and making sure that I have the right questions to ask about these benefits. Another important agency item for me is physical space, do all clinicians have their own offices? are there shared spaces? is there room for large groups?
    One final aspect that I think is important to me is the agencies overall client consistency rates, in other words, how much do their clients actually show up? Is it an agency that is having trouble keeping clients coming in for sessions? I think these are things that I would like to know about when applying for jobs.

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    • Teresa DiTommaso
      Jun 14, 2019 @ 20:37:16

      Cassie,

      There are two points you brought up about an agency’s characteristics that you would be interested in learning more about before taking a job that really stood out to me. One is the training that they offer, not just for CEUs, but for additional training outside that context as well. One of my goals for the next two years is to become trained in T-CBT, so that is one thing that will influence my decision-making as well, especially due to the financial strain I will face after coming out of six years of straight education and student loans. The other agency characteristic that you mentioned that I did not think of before was the physical space. Although it is something that obviously will cross my mind on the subconscious level, it is not one of the first things that came to my mind because as an intern as I did not have my own office and the setting in which I worked they had shared space. However, thinking about it in terms of my organizational style and stress management, it would be very helpful for me to have my own space in which I can relax and collect myself when need be. Thanks for bringing it up Cassie, you are always thinking of things I miss.

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    • Allexys Burbo
      Jun 15, 2019 @ 14:39:48

      Cassie,

      You raise a point that I also find valuable when considering the qualities of an organization. Given that supervision will be vital, particularly during the initial years following graduation, consistent availability of supervision will be important to determine and establish. Subsequently, the point you raise about client consistency is also noteworthy. As beginning counselors it will be of particular importance that we not only exercise our skills as often as possible, but also that we are actively working to build networks of potential clientele and meeting our own goals as emerging professionals. Additionally, your comment about space for therapeutic work is something that I had not considered but also find is a significant component. I believe that working in spaces that are both practical and comfortable impact the work that can be done. It is not only important that we as the therapist are contented in this space, but that it is also feasible for the type of therapeutic work that must be accomplished. This includes available furniture, space for materials, potential storage for supplies and adequate space to move – that caters to the needs of our clients.

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    • Matthew Collin
      Jun 15, 2019 @ 17:54:12

      Hey Cassie,
      I too think about my tattoos as a possible deal breaker when he comes to jobs. I also worry about my joking demeanor. Luckily, most businesses require “business causal” attire. This typically covers our tattoos. Unfortunately, we’re not out of the clear yet when it comes to being interview by people who think tattoos are as casual as we think they are. When we go into our interviews – keep them covered. It seems that I am suggesting covering individuality, but it is more of me attempting to manipulate the system. Once we get hired, it is much harder for them to fire us because of tattoos. I hope they can’t put that in the “reason for termination” section. While, if they pass us over in their hiring process, it’s easier for them to say they didn’t hire us for some stupid reason. It’s safe to say that covering our tattoos in the hiring process is a natural positive.

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    • Aleksa Golloshi
      Jun 19, 2019 @ 08:47:50

      Hey Cassie,

      I really liked searching for jobs too! I thought organizing it and seeing it on paper was helpful also, as it outlined certain characteristics. I think you discuss a great point when talking about the lack of information regarding supervision. That would be really helpful to know before taking the time to apply for a job. I too looked at a few websites and found more detailed descriptions of the agency and things like their mission statement and the populations they served. I think it’s wise of you to do some research on the agency you’re interviewing for when preparing for an interview! It’s also great that you prepare questions for the agency; I think this shows you care about finding a location suitable for you and your needs.

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  7. Louis D’Angelo
    Jun 13, 2019 @ 17:16:04

    1 One of the things I had learned during the job search is both optimist and a little pessimistic. The whole “right of passage” idea is seen in a lot of my job search. I found that many of the licensed eligible positions (especially residential) required some weekend and even 2nd shifts and are obviously not 6 digit salaries. As newly graduates, thinking of having to work weekend or 2nd shift isn’t the most gratifying feeling. But this right of passage is seen as a lot of the management and administration positions are earned through this experience and hard work. Many of these positions required 5 years of work and 2 years of supervisory work. Once this is built. The salary for these positions are incredibly high.
    2. I am currently interviewing for a few positions around Worcester. What I have noticed is that they more than likely hold 2nd interviews. Here I’ve met several people in administrative positions asking of my experience, personality, and education. It is not the meetings of the interviews that is most anxiety provoking. It is both the time between interviews and the decision. It has taken several weeks. The other anxiety would be getting a feel for a new agency and their policies. I find myself asking detailed questions on processing and documents as if I’m trying to receive training for the agency. It is very anxiety provoking to take what you have learned in one setting and apply it to potentially a completely different procedure, population, and agency. I will have some anxiety until I am able to get a lot of these questions answered in trainings.
    3. One of the very important qualities of an agency is a fixed and consistent 1st shift schedule so that I am able to plan my weeks accordingly. I also very much want to join an agency with great training opportunities (such as DBT at Open Sky) and the opportunity to work up to hire positions through the stance after a few years. This may even include admission positions. Some other concerns I have is making sure I get weekly supervisors from an LMHC supervisor to obtain the necessary 75 LMHC supervision as soon as I can. I also like electronic health records for organizational and consistency reasons. I would also like an agency with a longer treatment so that I can practice more long term CBT work as CBT in a partial setting of only a few weeks is very difficult.

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    • Stephanie Mourad
      Jun 15, 2019 @ 15:46:30

      Louis,
      I also noticed that some jobs required you to work weekends and I also do agree with you that it isn’t the most gratifying. Especially straight out of graduate school. I’m also glad that you are starting to interview already. I also agree with you that there is an anxious feeling at starting in a new agency. All agencies do things differently and I think it is our responsibility to adapt to their policies and procedures.

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  8. Matthew Lubomirski
    Jun 13, 2019 @ 18:10:47

    Overall I found the job searching experience to be very routine. The most interesting part about look for job was actually getting to see what was out there and what I liked. I have always wanted to work with kids and teens but I never really had an understanding of what sort of jobs exits that have me do that. I was also excited that their seems to be plenty of opportunities for me to grow more as a professional through me work giving me chances to work with many populations in many settings. In regards to pay, while not many listed salaries the ones that did where about where I expected. Some jobs did make me excited to get my license not just for the nice bump in pay but also all of the more interesting positions that become available.
    When I start to think about actually conducting interviews not to much makes me nervous or anxious. At this point I have gone through my fair share of interviews, as I am sure many of us have so I am not too worried about making mistakes or anything like that. I suppose many of my concerns come from trying to sell myself to a potential employer. If cannot make myself stand out then they will not find me to be a very impressive candidate. That is probably my biggest concern because I want to be able to make myself stand out while not seeming arrogant.
    My previous job experiences have led me to look for certain things in a potential employer. Mainly I hope to find companies that respect the work their employees do and do not attempt to off load to much on to them just to meet a goal determined by numbers. Similarly to that I want to find company that can inspire me to work my best. That will not only come from company policy but from other staff. If I am working with a strong team and my supervisor feels like a leader who is working with us to do our bets then I will be inspired to put my best forward. These are mainly the qualities I look for because without them I think I would get lazy and miserable at my job.

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Adam M. Volungis, PhD, LMHC

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