ERIC Number: ED410481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-17
Finding Your First Job in Professional Psychology: The Process of Getting a Clinical Practice Position.
Tentoni, Stuart C.
Psychologists starting their careers now have a bleaker view of the job market than those who started a decade or more ago. Ways in which new doctoral graduates in psychology can find their first jobs in professional psychology are explored in this paper. The focus is upon what reviewers and interviewers may look for in the curriculum vitae of applicants, the types of questions applicants may be asked during the interview, and other details of the job search. A step-by-step approach for the job hunt is presented. New graduates must be willing to go where the jobs are and should be proficient in using the internet to search for jobs. When responding to an ad, it is important that the vita be accurate, and not exceed two to five pages (i.e., do not send out a pre-internship vita). Reference letters should be written on agency/institution letterhead and cover letters should be brief; screening takes time, up to several months. Bring important documents, such as transcripts, to the interview and never be late for the appointment. Questions asked of the interviewer should deal with such matters as management philosophy and supervision style. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (105th, Chicago, IL, August 15-19, 1997).