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Planning Your Path - Social Work
Transcript of Planning Your Path - Social Work
Planning Your Path
Connecting Transferable Skills
UIC Career Services
SSB Suite 3050 (3rd Floor) 1200 W Harrison St.
firstname.lastname@example.org - careerservices.uic.edu - 312.996.2300
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Developing a plan reduces anxiety
Let your PASSION for the job show through in every aspect of your interview.
Career Advice for Social Workers
Individual Career Counseling
Career Exploration Center
Videotaped Mock Interviews
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
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
Minimize your experience
Forget to connect your experience/skills back to the role
Let your nerves get the best of you!
Conduct an assessment of your skills and abilities
Research the organization
Practice a mock interview and get comfortable answering interview questions
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
What are they?
Skills that can be "transferred" from one field to another
Skills which typically all employers look for
Teamwork, working independently
Think about a role you've had outside SW...
What transferable skills did you develop?
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?
Neat & easy to read
Relevant as well as
Contains field terms/
Proven skills, not
What can you find?
Be ready with your "Self-Commercial"!
Treat it like a conversation
Your portfolio should have an organizational system and convey a professional image.
Table of Contents
Letters of Recommendation
(field placement supervisor)
Social Work Philosophy
Publications / Presentations
Articles about your work
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?
Your Contact Info (can be same heading as resume)
Their Contact Information/Address
Dear Mr./Ms. (Last Name)
Introduce yourself, where did you hear about the position, what are you applying for, flatter organization, explain fit.
Describe your background, skills and qualifications. Illustrate
3 key skills
3 key examples
demonstrating why you are an excellent candidate for the position.
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.
Uncover Realities of the Job
Realize Challenges Ahead
Discover New Opportunities
Gain Career Mentorship
What are your unique qualities?
Education Sector Job Fair
March 1, 2017
3-6pm, DePaul Student Center
All Majors Career Fair
Thurs, March 14, 2017
10am-2pm SCE, Illinois Room
Conduct Career Chats
Get a Mentor in the field
Join professional organizations
Utilize social networking sites
Thurs, Nov 10, 2016
3:30pm-4:30pm SCE, Room 408
Visit Career Services!
Relevant research conducted
Experience in desired setting and/or with target client group
Professional work experience
Additional training received
Participation in professional conferences
aka "informational interviewing"
WHAT SETS YOU APART?