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Old 06-11-2008, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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I've been applying at DFCS since February. The post on their website says that they're having a 'hiring slowdown.' I assume they mean that's one step above a freeze. I don't remember all of them, but there's certainly been more than twenty positions I've applied for. I started before I moved, so I assumed that maybe they didn't respond because I had an out-of-town address, but I've applied for several positions since then and got nothing. I have an MSW, and I've applied for caseworker and Medicaid caseworker positions. They haven't had as many positions up since they put up the post about the 'hiring slowdown,' but anything I was even remotely qualified for I've sent them my resume and cover letter.
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Old 06-11-2008, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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The funny thing is, I actually worked for DHR which is the Alabama equivalent of DFCS before, and you're right, they're constantly hiring because turnover is so high. I thought with my background and experience I could get a job there. You're right, the pay is lousy, MSWs here start out under $30k just as they do in Alabama, but something is always better than nothing. In five years with the agency I made it to barely $32, but left after I had my son because I couldn't work out any type of flexibility with them that would allow me to care for my child.
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Old 06-11-2008, 01:23 PM
 
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I received a BS in public relations and was thinking about getting a master's in public health if this job search continues to go nowhere. I've been on the Georgia's dhr website sending resumes for dfcs jobs in every county. i've had four interviews but no position yet. I've also been looking at clinics, volunteer programs such as the ymca, march of dimes, united way...ect. Still no luck. At this point I would take anything as long as i can get my foot in the door somewhere.
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Old 06-11-2008, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Dunwoody,GA
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I've been applying at DFCS since February. The post on their website says that they're having a 'hiring slowdown.' I assume they mean that's one step above a freeze. I don't remember all of them, but there's certainly been more than twenty positions I've applied for. I started before I moved, so I assumed that maybe they didn't respond because I had an out-of-town address, but I've applied for several positions since then and got nothing. I have an MSW, and I've applied for caseworker and Medicaid caseworker positions. They haven't had as many positions up since they put up the post about the 'hiring slowdown,' but anything I was even remotely qualified for I've sent them my resume and cover letter.
Seriously? For all the Metro Counties? Unbelievable...

We read stories like this,

DFCS returned baby to couple now charged with murder | ajc.com (http://ajc.com/services/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2008/05/30/baby_dead.html - broken link)

hear how understaffed they are and how overloaded the caseworker are, and then they are in a "hiring slowdown."

Something is seriously out of whack here...
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Old 06-11-2008, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Dunwoody,GA
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Roslyn,

If you're seriously into masochism, you could consider applying at Georgia Regional Hospital/Atlanta. I don't know if you've been following the reprimand that the State received regarding the State Psychiatric facilities here, but they are in seriously bad shape. I suspect that they will have to hire more social services folks in order to meet the mandate set for them by the Feds.

I actually know what I'm talking about here, b/c I worked there for a brief period of time (in the early '00's).

http://www.atlantareg.dhr.state.ga.us/Job%Announcements.html (broken link)
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Old 06-11-2008, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Atlanta,Ga
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I just want to tell you that I am sorry and to hang in there. The woman saying" We can't afford you" sounds really odd to me.
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Old 06-11-2008, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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I think I've already applied there CMMom, but I'll check my list. (Yeah, I had to create a spreadsheet to keep track. I'm well over a hundred at this point.) If I include federal stuff it's about 150.

As for the 'hiring slowdown' I assume they're out of money. It used to happen in Alabama all the time. They would have hiring freezes and freeze our raises as well. I don't think I got a raise the whole time I was there. Without promotions I would still have been making the same $27k they hired me at. Little wonder I'm ready to get out of social work?

Sincere1782, I've been hitting the non-profits daily. Someone here gave me a link for Opportunity Knocks. I've been on Idealist as well.
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:05 AM
 
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Roslyn, while you're searchign perhaps you can look into MPH programs. Of course Emory has either the 11th or 9th ranked program in the nation (I should know which ranking because I worked there but I forgot!!). But Emory is expensive - very expensive. However, Georgia State has a program, too. You could probably get an MPH part-time. An MPH usually requires some sort of internship which more times than not leads to employment - often with CDC. I work at CDC as a contractor and I see it for myself.

Best of luck to you!
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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I'll check it out Pless. It's funny, but my new book which is coming out in August features a virologist. I've always had a fascination with viruses and with public health in general, never thought about making a career out of it, but I've probably read a fifty books on the subject. That's why I decided to make the hero a virologist, might as well put all that reading to good use.
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Old 06-12-2008, 11:29 AM
 
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So, you write fiction and are published? Before anyone says anything...there's not always a lot of money in fiction writing...at least not until you hit it big....which can be never. It's a labor of love more times than not.

I write fiction, too. I did NaNoWriMo last year and finished it!
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