Three months after graduating, a member of my church approached me saying “Marcy, you need to get away from that job. My daughter works for an agency and I am going to ask her if they are hiring.” I had never heard of the agency and didn’t know she had more than one daughter. The next time I saw her, my friend told me that she spoke with her daughter and they were hiring. She said “bring me your resume and I will give it to my daughter to give to her supervisor.”
Her daughter worked for a community mental health agency. They had moved into new offices and were expanding their case management services. This is an example of the benefits job hunters derive from their community and relationships. Your community comprises all of the relationships in which you have invested.
I was happy to have the help. I provided the resume. My friend told me that her daughter said they were very impressed and planned to contact me for an interview. They scheduled my interview within the week. I was called back for a second interview one week later. Two weeks later, I was offered a position as a case manager for an outpatient mental health clinic. That position changed my life and career trajectory.
I probably would have not known of that position had it not been for my friend.
I worked for that agency for three years before moving to another state to manage an outpatient mental health clinic. Eventually, I was promoted several times ending with a position coordinating mental health and substance abuse services for children, adolescents and adults in three counties.