How to Get a Job in Mental Health
Search for jobs online and through professional and university organizations. Thanks to the Internet, there are many resources available for those who would like to break into the mental health field. SocialService.com provides job opening information for mental health professionals all across the United States.
MentalHelp.net is another such website. Search specifically by your region, and you can find job opportunities you can directly apply for.
You can also boost your job search by becoming a member of the American Psychological Association--a professional organization for mental health workers.
Finally, if you are an alumnus of a notable medical school or other form of upper educational work related to mental health, consider exploring your campus for a career placement center. Many schools provide placement assistance for recent graduates, as well as internships for both current students and alumni.
Search for jobs in unexpected places. For example, counselors are often needed for immigrants, but not many individuals think to check with the department of immigration or nonprofit immigration services. Other places for these "hidden" jobs include police and fire departments, financial institutions, and physical rehabilitation facilities.
Prepare your resume and have it reviewed by someone working in the mental health field to see how you can improve it. After you have gone over it with a trusted mentor or other professional, save it to your computer and print out several hard copies.
Finally, alert as many people as you can about your desire to work in the mental health field. Everyone from your childhood doctor to your great-aunt may know someone who works in the field and can provide a connection for you. Even cold-calling a local counseling center may lead to an internship or job opening.