Underemployment… what am I doing wrong?
I live in CNY, and have my MA in clinical psych. Unfortunately, due to the fact that there is no LICENSE for clinical psych in NY, and they are starting to require licensure for damn near every job, my degree is fairly useless. As a result, I'm working a BA-level job for a fairly low salary, and only marginally using my education. I do not want to move out of state at this point in time, and yes, I have looked into other options including mental health counseling licensure and additional schooling... to make a long story short, the licensing board will not recognize any of my coursework (even though it is literally almost identical to what they require for the MHC license). Ditto for school -- at most, they will accept 20% of my credits, and I'd more or less have to start over. I don't have the time, money, or patience to RE-DO my degree at this point in my life. So, I finally found a job listing that actually WANTED a master's in psych. The only other requirement was that you've had an internship as part of your MA degree (I have). No experience required, but I do have a couple years in the mental health field, so I thought that would be a bonus. I figured this was perfect (I NEVER find jobs here looking for an MA in psych; it's always social work), applied, followed up to make sure they received the resume & cover letter. The HR rep gave me the number of the hiring manager, and told me I could call to "inquire about the interview schedule". I called a couple days later, he never called back, and I came home to find a letter telling me that they had "decided to go with another candidate". I didn't even get an interview (and going by what the HR rep had told me, I didn't think they had even SCHEDULED interviews yet). Now, 2 weeks later, I see the same position listed on careerbuilder again. I'm really starting to take this personally. I've applied to about 55 places over the past year, and I got all of 2 interviews. (In fairness, 3 more places called me for interviews the same week I got my current job... so I guess I would've had 5 interviews.) Most of the positions I've applied for actually wanted an MSW, and I assumed that I wasn't getting interviews because they knew I couldn't be licensed with a psych degree... but this one WANTED psych, and I still couldn't get an interview. I have had my resume reviewed by my university, as well as by a friend who was, honestly, a lot more thorough than the university. I know how to write a good cover letter (I've had the same friend review those). I don't know what else to do, but I'd really like to actually USE my degree for once! How can I impress an employer if I don't even get to talk to them? I graduated w/ a 4.0 and all sorts of honors. My internship supervisor has been a great reference. (He WANTED to hire me, but the county wouldn't allow it due to the damn licensing requirement... even though I had already been working there for 4 months as an intern, with my own clients, totally independently.) It's not like I sent them a slacker resume. I just don't get it, and I really feel like giving up... so I'm hoping that someone can shed some light on the situation. Anyone?