Practicing what we preach: Integrating community psychology into the Job Search Process

Rebecca Campbell, Holly Angelique, Bonnie J. BootsMiller, William S. Davidson

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This paper describes the creation of a "Job Club" at Michigan State University to facilitate employment searches in Community Psychology. The goal of the Job Club was to provide a setting where graduating Ph.D. candidates could gain the skills necessary to be successful in both academic and non-academic job searches. The Job Club was student-driven, and emphasized principles of community psychology such as collaboration, network development, social and instrumental support, and empowerment. The importance of small group size and the ongoing commitment of a senior faculty mentor are highlighted. A curriculum for Job Club was created that included: resource allocation; network development; document development (vitae, resumes); practicing job talks, teaching demonstrations and interviews; and accepting the offer. Successes, lessons learned, and suggestions for creating Job Clubs in other settings are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmployment in Community Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationThe Diversity of Opportunity
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781315809434
ISBN (Print)9780787907570
StatePublished - Apr 23 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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