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Along these lines almost every state has state-operated psychiatric hospitals and / or developmental centers. They both require "aide"-type positions which require little if any education beyond a high school diploma. What they DO require is a caring, patient heart.
If you think this might be for you, check with your state's civil service commission for more details re: taking civil service test, etc.
Typically state civil service offers significantly improved health care and other benefits.
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Remember, health care organizations have non-clinical positions available as well as clinical positions, so don't bypass looking at health care for a potential career opportunity, just because you don't have medical training.
Hospitals need security officers, receptionists, file clerks, film librarians and library techs, social workers, patient advocates, phone operators, marketing and PR experts, HR personnel, transporters, cafeteria workers, customer support personnel, maintenance staff, IT support...everything any large corporation requires to operate.
If you haven't searched your local health care organization's website for non-clinical job listings, take a look today. Below, I've pasted in links to several nationwide, searchable databases.
Health Care Jobs, includes a list of recommended websites for searching health care jobs and posting resumes (Nationwide): healthcarejobs.org/jobs.htm
Empowering Health Jobs, offers a searchable database that pulls job listings from around the country using a broad base of clinical occupational search words (e.g. EKG Tech., Phlebotomist, Recreational Therapist, etc.): www.empoweringhealthjobs.com/
Quintessential Careers includes a job search function for health care, pharmaceuticals and social work, and it offers a long list of web links to other search sites: www.quintcareers.com/healthcare_jobs .h tml
I thought maybe folks might like to share some of their tips for job hunting? Since we're from all over, it's not like we're competing head-to-head for the same jobs, but maybe each of us can point to some resources or strategies other folks can use?
My tip: I've identified 13 websites that post job listings that I visit daily. I created a special Favorites folder in my browser and loaded all the site links in that folder. Each morning, I go to the folder and check each site, one by one, for the most recent listings.
I've found that the websites I access are updated overnight and by noon each day, so it pays to check twice a day.
Some of the websites I've found during my job-hunting research (all US-based), are listed below. Some are nationally based and other are regional. The great thing is you can search some of these national job databases by state and sometimes even within the radius of a specific zip code.
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