Help me find help to get a job
May 11, 2012 6:10 AM Subscribe
Career coach or someone who can help me find/get a job in my field (social work/non-profit)? Getting desperate and losing hope after three years of no luck. In NYC.
posted by greta simone to work & money (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm seeking someone who can help me take my job search to the next level. I'm not sure what kind of person I'm looking for exactly, but I'll tell you a little about me and a little about what I want and maybe you can help me out.
I got my Master of Social Work in Spring 2009 in North Carolina, then my LMSW license for the state of New York in fall of 2009. I currently live in Brooklyn. I have been unemployed in my field since graduating (I have been waiting tables in the meantime, unhappily). I am not seeking clinical work--my ideal job would be program development (not fundraising, but creating and designing) and program evaluation.
Outside of this, I also find myself applying to volunteer coordinator positions a lot as well. I am willing to do case work or direct practice to get my foot in the door but I have no real desire to and that is not where my skills lie. I prefer to work with at-risk-youth, perhaps in work force development. I'd also be happy to work with families and women as a broader population.
I have been applying to jobs consistently for the last three years. I have volunteered as my schedule allows. I have sought advice from the few people I know in my field, and have done my best to network, making use of linkedin and whatever else. I feel like I don't know what else I can do, but obviously whatever I'm doing isn't working.
What I seek is a person who will actually give me constructive criticism of my résumé and cover letter practices. Someone who might have contacts in the non-profit or public services field. Someone who will help me with interview coaching. And most importantly--someone that is available for me to call/email when I need further advice. Ideally the relationship would start out by a session or a few where we work on my presentation (both on paper and in interviews), and would then continue with me being able to call/email/meet when I run into obstacles or just need general advice like asking 'what points should I emphasize in this cover letter?' or 'who can I talk to directly at this organization?'.
Please keep in mind that, as a waitress, my funds are very limited. Someone who allows for a sliding scale would be fantastic. My mother would likely give me a little bit of money to pursue this kind of help if I ask, but it also wouldn't be much.
I live in North Brooklyn, but will go anywhere within Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens to talk to the right person.