A job search can be challenging even in the best of times. Now that many of us have settled into the atmosphere of a pandemic environment, we must search for new ways to overcome everyday challenges, such as meetings, appointments, and online learning. Job search for social workers in 2021 will be equally challenging. However, there are some implications of the pandemic, both economically and systemically, that may provide us new opportunities.
The CARES Act provides resources or grant options for nonprofits, including $425M for substance abuse and mental health services such as community behavioral health clinics to provide mental health care services and grants to address mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness. There will also be $1B in community service block grants to local community-based organizations to provide a wide range of social services and emergency assistance.