The Graduate School of Social Work is committed to assisting students throughout their time in their program, during their job search and beyond.
You have chosen the field of social work because of your belief that we can change our social, cultural and political environments for the better. Now it is time to think about what specifically interests you in the field and what you can do to ensure that you're a competitive candidate when you enter the job market after graduation.
GSSW's Career Development Office offers services to help you think proactively about your career throughout your graduate education. That way, you'll be able to build a skill set and knowledge base that is well-rounded, transferable and competitive.
Visit GSSW's Career Development webpages:
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Below is a short (10 mins) webinar about writing a resume. Be sure to review this before making a one-on-one appointment as many of your questions may be answered by the webinar.
Additional Tips not covered in the video:
- Aim for about 5-7 bullets per internship/job
- Do not use paragraphs to describe your experience
- Ensure your Concentration year internship has the same or more bullets than your Foundation Year internship
Here is a short webinar on writing a cover letter covering general thoughts, each paragraph and its purpose.
On 2.23.15 Carly Einstein from Graduate Career Services joined us to talk about how to write cover letters. Please see the video below and the handouts she utilized are also posted here.
As concentration students, it is important that you don't delay your career preparation. Spring will come around very quickly and the more you can do in the Fall and Winter to get yourself ready for the job search, the better it will go. This powerpoint details some of the things to consider as you plan your year. Please contact Lisa.Ingarfield@du.edu if you have specific questions about this process.
As much as graduation and your job search may seem miles away, they will arrive all too quickly. Part of your MSW plan should include being attentive to your career objectives and trajectory now. You have to make choices certainly about what you engage in, and those are often hard choices. Focusing on your career now, will yield results and reduce stress as you start your descent into graduation. Even if you are able to spend a little time networking and building relationships now and for the duration of your MSW program, you will see the rewards come graduation.
Career Mapping is a tool you can use to think about all the areas of the job search ahead of time so you can better approach the process. Use the attached file to map out your year and develop an action plan of what you need to get started on. One of the most important items in this plan is to develop your career goals with some specificity. This will help you narrow your process of networking and job application that will serve you in the long run.
Licensure requirements can be confusing. But there are a number of resources to help you get the information you need to be successful.
Here is a short "how to" Prezi to assist you in understanding the process:
Julie Butscher from NASW and a graduate of DU's MSW program (1997) talks to students about the A to Z of Colorado's licensure process. The information in this presentation is extremely helpful if you want to learn what you need to do to become licensed in the State of Colorado.
Carly Einstein from Graduate Career Services talks about the importance of networking in this 50 minute workshop.
Salary Negotiation Workshop
Presented by Carly Einstein, Graduate Career Services
REQUEST FOR SALARY INFO DURING INTERVIEW
“Since the salary is only one piece of the puzzle for me, I’d like to find out more about the job before determining salary requirements. Can you tell me more about x. y, and z?”
“As I mentioned previously, I am very interested in this position and believe that I can bring x and y to the company. I was wondering if there was a possibility to enhance the offer with regards to (salary, benefits, opportunities for review, start date)?”
SECOND REQUESTS TO INCREASE OFFER
a) If employer did not agree: “In lieu of salary increase, would you be able to consider ____?”
b) If employer did agree: “I really appreciate that! Would you also be able to consider ____?”
Check out a recent NPR article about new research on why women don't negotiate their salaries but would negotiate higher pay for others:
This list incorporates general interview questions as well as social work specific questions. These are questions social work employers have actually asked! They are a great resource for you as you prepare for your interviews.
The DU Career Center has a number of interviewing tips that can be found here: http://www.du.edu/career/resumesinterviews/interviews/index.html
DU subscribes to Interview Stream, an online practice tool, allowing you to rehearse standard interview questions in real time.