The Behavioral Health job market can sometimes be challenging, but working with a well-connected network of recruiters can alleviate the stress. At The Medicus Firm, our recruitment team works with the provider to learn more about their job preferences and career goals to connect them with the right opportunities. Behavioral Health providers such as licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, and mental health counselors can also search for openings through The Medicus Firm job board.
Like other healthcare professionals, Behavioral Health job seekers must consider what type of practice setting they want to work in. These settings include elementary or high schools, hospitals, higher education institutions, nursing homes, telehealth, and private practice. The practice setting can often have what type of population one will work with, like children at an elementary school or a mix of children and adults at a hospital. One also must consider the practice's physical location and what that will be like for day-to-day work life. Will it include working in the same building daily or rotating through multiple locations? If exploring a new practice type, ask what the day-to-day looks like for that position. Behavioral Health professionals joining the academic world need to learn more about the institution and if they are focused more on teaching or research.
Once Behavioral Health provider has begun their job search, the next step is preparing their CV or resume. The way providers prepare their CVs will vary between organizations, often depending on the practice type itself. A resume is a one-page document highlighting the education and skillset for that position and a brief work history. A CV is a longer document, typically because of research experience, but will also include skillsets and past jobs since graduating. A solid resume or CV can be the deciding factor in bringing a candidate in for an interview or opting for another candidate. Some organizations will also require reference letters, so a candidate should begin preparing and vetting whom they will ask for a letter of reference. Before providers ask for a letter of reference, they should inform the hiring manager if there is anything to highlight.
Behavioral Health job seekers must go through an interview process like others. Interviews may be conducted over the phone, virtually, or in person, depending on the position and organization. Another factor that depends on the organization is the number of interviews for the job; some will be a phone screen and then in-person, while others will include multiple rounds of different interview types. These interviews will critically assess verbal and non-verbal communication since Behavioral Health professionals will often work closely with patients, so those skills are crucial. The interview process allows candidates to boast about their accomplishments and market themselves to the organization. It is also the time for candidates to ask questions they may have about the position, community, organization, or other relevant questions.