Looking for a Job

Contact CSUN's Career Center to get started:
www.csun.edu/career

Where to Look:
    • Social work
    • Counseling
    • Psychology
    • Psychotherapy
  • AAMFT, ACA, and CAMFT have job listings for their members
  • Network: Local AAMFT and CAMFT networking events

What Employers are Looking For?

  • Reliability
  • Professionalism
  • Hard worker
  • Someone who is easy to supervise
  • Someone who can speak intelligently about theory, assessment, diagnosis, law and ethics.
  • Someone who can LEARN to be a good therapist--not a perfect clinician

Job Interview Tips:
  • Carefully study the organization; read and virtually memorize their webpage or other publications.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early
  • Bring an extra copy of vita on fine paper
  • Be gracious
  • Dress for success: Conservative, dark colored pant suits for men and women; conservative make-up for women
  • Be confident but not pushy
  • Be prepared to answer common questions:
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    • What is your therapeutic approach? (read about the organization to determine a good answer; be flexible)
    • Why do you want to work here?
    • What are your professional goals? (hint: correct answer is to work at a place like theirs).
    • How would you handle suicide, child abuse, etc.?
  • Prepare thoughtful questions that reflect your interest in the position
    • Describe the typical client?
    • Do you offer professional development training?
    • What does the typical work week look like?
    • When or how would you say the staff connect and get to know each other as people?
  • Say thank you; send a thank you email or card
  • Approach salary carefully but do not be afraid to address it.
  • Your email address should be professional and include your name
  • Your voicemail message should be appropriate for a professional audiences (avoid quirky outgoing messages)

References:
  • Contact them before you offer their names and numbers.
  • Provide vitae to them if you have not worked with them recently.
  • If you there is something particular/unusual about the position, let reference know.
  • Show appreciation

Bottom-line…
  • Professionalism is more important than skill for most internship positions.
  • Clinical skills can be taught easily; professionalism is more difficult to teach and learn.