Psychology Career - 10 Ways To Increase Your Job Prospects
10 Ways To Increase Your Job Prospects
In a tight economy when not many places are hiring,
continuing to look for work may seem like a futile effort.
However, there are ways to improve your prospects for
actually finding employment in the psychological field.
Here are 10 great tips to help you do just that.
1. Further Your Education
When no one is hiring, one of the best things you can do is to
improve your resume by furthering your education. One such
example is receiving a psychology degree from Argosy
University. The school offers both bachelor’s and doctorates
degrees in this field. Even better, you can attend the school
online if you don’t live near one of the schools many physical
2. Use Online Websites and Services
One of the most thorough means of finding employment these
days is using different websites and online services that cater to
job seekers. For example, CareerBuilder.com can provide you
with a list of job offerings in psychology. Make sure to try as
many as you can and look for website reviews from other job
seekers to help you in your search.
3. Attend Job Fairs
Many people simply apply for jobs by submitting resumes
online. Even if you submit your resume in person, it may be hard
to leave an impression. One way to make a bigger impact is to
attend job fairs so you can speak to recruiters in person while
they have your full attention.
This is also a great way to learn more about the positions being
offered than you would be able to otherwise. The advisers at
Argosy University can help you keep track of upcoming job fairs
and give you advice before attending.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Visit Companies in Person
If sending out resumes online or through the mail has not
worked for you, try visiting the offices of the businesses you
wish to work for in person. Taking time out of your day to visit a
psychology clinic or organization may show that you are making
an extra effort and are taking the job offer seriously.
5. Learn a Foreign Language
In the current job market, the demand for bi-lingual employees is
extremely high. The increasing number of Spanish speaking
Americans has also greatly increased the need for psychologists
who can speak that language.
6. Create an Internet Presence
Today, many employers use an applicant’s Internet presence as
part of the application process. If you do decide to start a website
or use a site like MySpace or Facebook, make sure to only
include information that is likely to improve your chances of
Sometimes, the greatest resource you may be ignoring is the
people you know. Let your friends and acquaintances who are
already working for good organizations know you are looking
for employment. Talk to friends or professors at Argosy
University for help.
8. Try Industry Specific Publications or Websites
If your use of certain general employment websites did not
produce results, you may want to try industry specific
publications or websites such as the American Psychological
9. Work on Your Resume
Often, it may not simply be your background that is holding you
back. Sometimes it is a poorly formatted or worded resume that
causes employers to choose not to call you back. Take advantage
of professional resume services or resume work-shops to
improve your resume’s appearance.
10. Don’t Only Settle for Full-Time Employment
If you can’t find a decent full-time position, offer to work part-
time or to freelance for a company on a contract by contract
basis. Certain companies that are not hiring full-time may take
you on. This way you can gain extra experience and perhaps get
hired for full-time employment when the organization is in the
financial position to do so.
Argosy University offers a wide selection of bachelor’s,
master’s, and doctoral degree programs in a variety
of psychology concentrations at 19 locations
across the nation.
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