Author Archives: amandamichelle

AMJ Is Hustling for Rent (and Other Bills)

UPDATE: I have enough for rent now! THANK YOU to everyone who signal boosted and/or provided support. I’ llbe able to negotiate pay dates for my utilities based on income from my temp gig, so whew! Also: I forgot to include in the original: I’m also signing up for Upwork, a freelancing site recommended to…

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

So this is actually post 3 in an unintentional series of posts about my next life transition. It seems we have entered a season of expression for AMJ (hush up all the Gemini slander… but it IS our time right now, so…) Tl;dr – it’s time for me to leave Chicago. I need help finding…

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

Perhaps you already know, but in case you don’t: I dabble in astrology. In fact, at one point, I wanted to have an astrology career as a side hustle. (Confession: I still consider it.) I certainly have (woefully underutilized) clairvoyant tendencies and I am also rather committed to identifying and understanding patterns in the world….

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…

5 Steps to Getting an Associate Clinical Social Work License* in California

This post is written for people at least somewhat familiar with social work training and education. Thus, some terms & acronyms (e.g., ‘supervision’) are used without explanation. *Upon receiving my actual paperwork, I learned that the Associate Clinical Social Work (ASW) credintial “IS NOT A LICENSE, IT IS A REGISTRATION.”  This makes it clear that…

AMJ Are You OK?

Weyulll… If you follow my ramblings on Twitter (btw, NOT a professional space for me), you know that I’ve been disabled for the past two years, due to a couple of accidents. While I can’t discuss details due to pending legal cases, I can say that things have certainly not gotten any better for me….