Job Search Strategies

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Open Jobs in New York State

Regina Shoen (OMH SAS) provided a helpful list to access job openings in NYS: State Jobs!

Snapshot of the Workforce

Brief analysis of the NYC Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce | Report: 2019-2021

Tips for creating your own open jobs report

It might take a little bit of time, but if you want to follow the strategy used to generate the Open Jobs report, you can start with the following search terms (using only those terms most relevant to the position you are seeking) and enter those search terms with the employment agencies listed below. 

Indeed Search

For example, you can create a search on Indeed using the term “peer specialist” and then look for a specific location. In the case of this sample report, I’ve selected New York State to view jobs across the entire state.

Indeed Statewide Peer Specialist jobs

Search Terms

  • Family Advocate  
  • Family Peer
  • Forensic Peer
  • Housing Peer
  • Justice Peer
  • Outreach Specialist 
  • Peer Advocate 
  • Peer Coordinator 
  • Peer Coach 
  • Peer Companion 
  • Peer Counselor 
  • Peer Educator 
  • Peer Mentor 
  • Peer Navigator 
  • Peer Specialist 
  • Peer Support 
  • Peer Supervisor
  • Recovery Peer
  • Respite Care
  • Respite Specialist 
  • Respite Worker  
  • Supportive Housing Specialist 
  • Youth Advocate 
  • Youth Peer Advocate 

Agencies to Search

Want to learn more about using LinkedIn to help in your online profile and job search? Here’s a short tutorial on LinkedIn Basics from Goodwill Community Foundation Global (GCFGlobal).

LinkedIn Basics

Past Open Jobs Reports

The Open Jobs Reports were provided courtesy Curtis Dann-Messier, previous Director of the New York City Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium. These reports offered a monthly snapshot of available jobs in the peer support workforce in New York State. Although they are no longer available, you can use these reports for a historical perspective on jobs that were available during this time period.

May 3, 2021 Report (Download Excel)

Note: If the links for a particular posting are no longer active, try searching the Employer website for the listing or check one of the other job search agencies like Indeed, Simply Hired, Glassdoor, Dejobs, Monster, or the New York State Dept. of Labor job bank.

Previous reports

April 15, 2021 Report (Download Excel)

March 31, 2021 Report (Download Excel)

Feb-March 2021 Report (Download 2/28/21 Excel)

Jan-Feb 2021 Report (Download 1/31/21 Excel)

2020 Reports

PDF versions are sorted by title, location, and employer. Links in the right column are active and can be clicked to view postings online.

December 2020 Report (Download 12/30/20 Excel)

November 2020 Report (Download 11/30/20 Excel)

October 2020 Report (Download 10/30/20 Excel)

September 2020 Report (Download 9/30/20 Excel)

August 2020 Report (Download Excel) as of August 31, 2020

July 2020 Report (Download Excel) as of July 31, 2020

June 2020 Report (Download Excel) as of June 30, 2020


For an annual report of statistics on jobs that can be used for comparison:
2019-2020 Job Report