Practicing what we preach: Integrating community psychology into the job search process

Rebecca Campbell, Holly L. 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)
Pages (from-to)33-43
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology


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