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Jobseeker Toolkit
Jobseeker Toolkit

The Jobseeker Toolkit is a valuable resource for behavioral and mental health candidates who are seeking employment that can help candidates stay organized and focused during their job search. This Toolkit includes a range of materials and resources that are designed to help candidates in their search for a job. Find job search tips and strategies, information on private practice, crafting resumes and cover letters and more. With the Jobseeker Toolkit, candidates can gain access to a variety of resources that can help them stand out from the competition and increase their chances of finding a job that is the right fit for their skills and experience. 

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How to Negotiate Salary

While negotiating higher compensation during the job process can be intimidating, it’s important to remember that pay negotiation is normal and expected prior to accepting a position.

Here are some steps you can follow to ease nerves as you prepare to negotiate higher compensation:

  1. Do your research: Find out what the market rate is for your position. This will help you to understand what is reasonable to ask for and give you the necessary information to support your request.
  2. Prepare your argument: Think about the value you bring to the organization and how you expect to contribute to its success. Consider specific examples of your accomplishments and how they have benefited previous employers.
  3. Practice your negotiation skills: Consider role-playing with a friend or colleague to help you feel more prepared and confident during the negotiation.
  4. Make your request: Choose a good time to bring up the topic during the interview process. Be clear and direct about what you are asking for and explain why you feel you deserve it.
  5. Be open to negotiation: Be prepared to discuss and compromise on the details of your compensation package. This may include factors such as salary, benefits, vacation time, and other perks.
  6. Don't be afraid to walk away: If the company is unwilling to meet your request, you may need to consider other options. Remember that it is okay to look for opportunities elsewhere if you feel that offered compensation is not fair.

Remember that the worst that can happen is that the... (More)

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Pros and Cons of Mental Health Private Practice

Considering your practice setting and private practice is on the list? The decision to provide mental or behavioral health services in a self-employed capacity is understandably not easy. Thinking about private practice involves considering many factors such as your experience, legal and ethical requirements, demand for services in your area, financial stability and more. Here’s a quick pros and cons list to add to your research resources as you consider private practice as a mental health practitioner.


1. Independence - You have the freedom to make all the decisions regarding your practice, from the hours of operation and services provided, to the types of clients you take on and the fees you charge.

2. Financial Benefits - You can set your own rates and fees, and you will keep all of the profits generated by your practice.

3. Professional Autonomy - You can choose the types of approaches, therapies, and treatments you use.

4. Flexibility - You can create a practice that fits your lifestyle and goals.

5. Personal Satisfaction - You can make a difference in the lives of the people you serve.


1. Financial Risk - You are responsible for all the expenses associated with running a practice, and you may have difficulty paying those expenses if the business does not generate enough income.

2. Work-Life Balance - Owning a practice requires a large time commitment, and you may not have enough time to devote to other activities.

3. Regulatory Compliance - You must meet all... (More)

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How to Find The Right Job in Mental Health For Me

You’ve started your job search. You’ve written your cover letter, updated your resume, and started combing through behavioral and mental health listings. There are thousands of acceptable open positions, but you’re looking for the right position. While finding the ideal job, employer, and professional environment can take some time and effort, the work done now during your job search is worthy work - to find a team you connect with, an employer you respect, and a job you love and that will give you the opportunity to make a difference in peoples' lives.

Here are some tips to help you find your right job:

  • Think first about your previous jobs. What worked well for you in those roles? What would you change about those experiences if you could? What excited you most about these positions? Did you dread starting your day at any of those past jobs? Did you enjoy working with a team or working independently? The answers to these questions should help you start to filter and curate your job search.
  • While a potential position may not meet all your criteria, think about what needs are most important to you. Start prioritizing the criteria of what you want to see in your new role. This could be your job wish list of what matters to you most.
  • Research potential employers. Look up mental health organizations, clinics, and hospitals in your area to find potential job opportunities and then start looking at those organization’s websites, LinkedIn or Facebook pages,... (More)
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How to Write a Compelling Cover Letter for a Behavior or Mental Health Position

Do I really need a cover letter?

You may have heard a rumor going around that cover letters are out of style or unnecessary. While some employers may not require them, it is usually always a good idea to include a well-written cover letter with your application. The cover letter serves as an opportunity for you to showcase your communication skills and explain why you feel you are a good fit for the role - all with a personal approach. A cover letter also gives you the chance to connect with the employer in a way that just reading over a resume doesn’t offer.

What can a cover letter do for me?

A good cover letter plays a crucial role in conveying both your qualifications as a behavioral or mental health professional and interest in a job opportunity. This is your chance to distinguish yourself from hundreds or thousands of other qualified candidates that this employer likely has not yet met - take that chance with both hands! Your cover letter can be the first impression you’ll make and offers you the chance to showcase your relevant education, skills, and experience increasing your likelihood of getting an interview.

Where do I start?

It can be helpful to think of your cover letter as your chance to place a spotlight on your application and catch the recruiter or employer’s attention. While your resume is where you will share your previous education, experience, and training, a cover letter focuses on the value... (More)