Reinventing AMJ… #ReignyDayJobs #careerchanger #jobsearch

To Dare! To Imagine! To Do It!

ICYMI, I’m making a major career shift.

While much of this is due to the difficulties I’ve faced finding a job as a disabled clinical social worker, the rest of it is for several other, personal reasons. I still love social work and I am very much planning to put all these years of education and experience to good use. But now I want to shift focus. This may mean macro social work, it may mean leaving social work altogether. You can take the social worker out of the field but once a social worker, always a social worker! Best believe I will find ways to apply what I know to this next step in life.

So what next? Well, that’s a great question! I’m still enrolled in my PhD program but before I started that, I engaged in a quite bit of social media for play and for pay. Heck, I first learned HTML on BlackPlanet dot com in 1999 (back when your skill level was determined by whether you could assault page visitors with autoplay music, blinding background patterns, and text that blinked AND scrolled #AtTheSameDamnTime). Sure, I was “late” to Twitter, having joined in May 2009, but I still ended up running multiple accounts pretty soon afterward and eventually even created a social media plan for a DC nonprofit.

I left my professional social media work behind when graduate school intensified but even throughout grad school, I’ve always seemed to incorporate social media into whatever I do. I love this stuff and I look forward to jumping back in.

How am I making this shift?

To Dare! To Imagine! To Do It!

Mama J put these stones in a gorgeous succulent arrangement she made for me!

1) I’ve been (re)wetting my feet in professional social media as a Temporary Content Moderator for Flipagram the past few months.

2) I’m working towards becoming an AMA Professional Certified Marketer in Digital Marketing through Lynda.com. (Yay for free access via school!)

3) I hopped back on Facebook last year to re-establish a firm presence before launching my dissertation research. I’m now also running my own group for tarot readers of color!

4) I am also exploring graphic design through a Shaw Academy trial. Ideally, I would like to officially complete their introductory and advanced tracks. (I’m poking around at the Coursera specialization, too, for comparison. Opinions welcome!)

5) Networking, networking, networking! I’m in a number of Facebook groups to support my growth and my LinkedIn is updated. But there’s always room for more, so please do feel free to reach out.

6) Job hunting! I’m looking for a position that will allow me to put my existing skills to work, while also sharpening my new ones.

I would love to have some (more) support in reaching my goal (namely a job or paid internship, a Shaw Academy membership, and the Adobe Creative Suite), so if you have leads or are otherwise interested in helping, please contact me!

I also want to be able to support justice & movement work with my skills, which is where I began my pursuit of justice in the first place. I’ve got training and experience in community organizing, so I’m interested in supporting folks who are fighting to dismantle oppressive systems. My clinical training provides me a much-needed perspective on how to reach and work with marginalized folks that most macro social workers don’t have. I can’t be out in the streets like I used to but I’m ready to do more than signal boosting. (By the way, I firmly believe that signal boosting is an important contribution.)

In the meantime, check out what I’ve already done.

Birthdays Are Hard #WonderTwin36th

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AMJ Is Hustling for Rent (and Other Bills)

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AMJ’s Job Search Cover Letter #ReignyDayJobs #socialwork #jobchat

Greetings, Prospective Employer! My name is Amanda Michelle Jones and I am currently seeking a full-time clinical social work position in Los Angeles, CA as I pursue licensure as a clinical social worker (LCSW). I am a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (#70072) who focuses on addressing both individual and environmental/systemic factors that create the contexts in which consumers live….

#SocialWork Career Tips, FTW!

  So, there I was, doing my morning Twitter scrolling, when I came across Dorlee Michaeli’s post on career tips. As most of you know, I’m currently on the job market, since my PhD funding is no more.* I figured it’d be a great idea to read up on what folks are advising for new…

Crafting a Way Forward, Part 2: Help Get #AMJtoLA

Table of Professional Skills

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Something, Something, Fear… Blah, Blah, Prince…

NOTE: This post has been sitting in my drafts, unfinished since I started it on April 27th. Yay, fear! Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, when I should have been reading a book for a discussion I’m co-facilitating this Thursday or at least readying myself for bed, I saw Darren Rowse had tweeted a blog post on dealing with…

That Time I Learned How to Conduct Better Lit Review Searches…

As one of the conditions of the 5-year PhD fellowship I received upon acceptance to my program, I have to complete two years of research assistantships (and then teach or TA three classes). Of course, my life being my life, I’m a bit out of order and am working off my last RA this year….

Crafting a Way Forward: When Career Planning Meets… Everything Else in Life

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When Poverty & Disability Meet Opportunity: A Crowdfund Feasibility Study (Of Sorts)

Tl;dr I’m debating whether to start a crowdfund and I want to get a feel for responses. I’ve been through one before and had an incredibly stressful experience. (Apparently asking for help with paying for healthcare really pisses people off.) Now, I’m facing $8,000 in expenses for both a non-covered healthcare need and a professional…

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