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Planning Your Path - Social Work

Career Planning guide for SW students, UIC
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Stephanie Sattler

on 27 October 2016

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Transcript of Planning Your Path - Social Work

VERBAL ENGAGEMENT
Planning Your Path
Connecting Transferable Skills
UIC Career Services
SSB Suite 3050 (3rd Floor) 1200 W Harrison St.
ocs@uic.edu - careerservices.uic.edu - 312.996.2300
Role C
Role B
(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
(cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr
(cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr
Role A
(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
Personal STRENGTHS
Field-Specific SKILLS
Developing a plan reduces anxiety
RESUME BLUNDERS
RESUME-BUILDING ACTIVITIES
RESUME WRITING
Interviewing
Professional
Organizations
Let your PASSION for the job show through in every aspect of your interview.
RESOURCES
Strengths mapping
ACTION PLAN
Skills
Job Outlook
Our Services
Career Advice for Social Workers
Individual Career Counseling
Drop-in Advising
Career Exploration Center
Career-related Workshops
resume writing
interviewing skills
networking/job search
salary negotiation
etc.
Career Fairs
Videotaped Mock Interviews
UICcareers.com
Our Services
WRITTEN IMPRESSION

Finalize your resume
Review websites containing SW vacancies
Develop a target list of organizations
Respond to online postings
Attend Job Fairs
Network & Connect
Participate in a mock interview
bls.gov
onetonline.org
idealist.org
npo.net
Create your experience map. Include major experiences, such as coursework, field experience and voluntary work. For each experience, draw out the key skills you developed (sample below).
Dress for Success! A conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark blue or gray is best)
Arrive 15 minutes early
Bring copies of your resume / portfolio
No gum, candy, cigarettes, hats or earphones. Turn off your cell phone.
Start with a firm handshake and a smile.
Be mindful of your body language
Make a Good First Impression
Keep your answers brief and concise
Include concrete, quantifiable data
Repeat your key strengths
Put yourself on their team
Prepare success stories
Ask questions
Interviewing DOs
Interviewing DON'Ts
Minimize your experience
Forget to connect your experience/skills back to the role
Let your nerves get the best of you!
Be prepared
Conduct an assessment of your skills and abilities
Research the organization
Practice a mock interview and get comfortable answering interview questions
Interviewing Essentials
National Association of Social Workers
Association of Oncology Social Workers
Clinical Social Work Federation
School Social Work Association of America
Illinois Association of School Social Workers
Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care
North American Association of Christians in Social Work
Latino Social Workers Organization
Association for the Advancement of Social Work With Groups
National Organization of Forensic Social Work
Assistant Director, UIC Career Services
sbirk@uic.edu 312.996.2300
Good Luck!
Stephanie Sattler
What are they?
Developing Rapport
Counseling
Active Listening
Probing
Supporting
Monitoring Progress
Handling Crises
Ethics
Interpersonal Awareness
Sound Judgement
Communicating
Adapting Approach
Communicating
Interpersonal Awareness
Problem Solving
Decision Making
Adapting Approach
Skills that can be "transferred" from one field to another
Skills which typically all employers look for
Time Management
Flexibility
Teamwork, working independently
Think about a role you've had outside SW...

What transferable skills did you develop?
Skill
Skill
Skill
Skill
Skill
Skill
Skill
Skill
Now Prioritize Your Strengths
Which are most relevant to your career goal/desired position?

How can you write/speak about them in a way that demonstrates added value to a position?

Which do you need to develop more?
How specifically do you plan to develop them?
Skill
Skill
Voluntary work
Concise
Neat & easy to read
consistent
Powerful action
words
Error Free!
Relevant as well as
Prioritize information
Accomplishment/
Result-focused
quantify
when
possible
Consistant
Contains field terms/
jargon
Proven skills, not
listed duties
Think about...
What can you find?
Be ready with your "Self-Commercial"!
Source: http://dir.yahoo.com/Social_Science/Social_Work/Organizations/Professional/
Treat it like a conversation
Your portfolio should have an organizational system and convey a professional image.
Introduction letter
Table of Contents
Resume
Transcripts
Letters of Recommendation
(field placement supervisor)
Social Work Philosophy
Publications / Presentations
Articles about your work
Evaluations
Memberships (NASW)
Professional Development
Organize Your Portfolio
Credential Management Tool

Interfolio is a secure, web-based tool that allows people to store, manage and send electronic and print files.

Interfolio's online service helps you collect, store, and deliver your documents easily and efficiently to any opportunity you may be seeking.
What is Interfolio?
www.interfolio.com
www.uiaaconnect.org
COVER LETTERS
Your Contact Info (can be same heading as resume)

Date

Their Contact Information/Address

Dear Mr./Ms. (Last Name)

First Paragraph:
Introduce yourself, where did you hear about the position, what are you applying for, flatter organization, explain fit.

Second Paragraph:

Describe your background, skills and qualifications. Illustrate
3 key skills
and
3 key examples

demonstrating why you are an excellent candidate for the position.

Third Paragraph:
Close by thanking the contact person. Reiterate your enthusiasm for the role. Indicate your interest for a personal interview and how you can be reached. Also include intention to follow up.

Sincerely, your signature, your typed name.
Non-threatening Networking
Uncover Realities of the Job
Realize Challenges Ahead
Discover New Opportunities
Gain Career Mentorship
Plant Seeds
CAREER CHATS
What are your unique qualities?
written
oral
IMPORTANT DATES
Education Sector Job Fair

Wed,

March 1, 2017
3-6pm, DePaul Student Center
All Majors Career Fair
Thurs, March 14, 2017
10am-2pm SCE, Illinois Room

Web Resources
too general
irrelevant experience
unprioritized info
disorganized
spelling/grammar errors
too wordy
Conduct Career Chats
Get a Mentor in the field
Join professional organizations
Utilize social networking sites
Connecting &
Communicating

S
T
A
R
ituation
ask
ction
esult
LinkedIn Workshop
Thurs, Nov 10, 2016
3:30pm-4:30pm SCE, Room 408

Visit Career Services!
Publications
Relevant research conducted
Experience in desired setting and/or with target client group
Professional work experience
Additional training received
Participation in professional conferences
NETWORKING
aka "informational interviewing"
WHAT SETS YOU APART?
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