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July 26, 2011

Social Work Job Searches

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social work job search Looking for a social work job involves a lot of networking. Aside from going to nasw meetings, looking in the local newspaper, checking your local nasw newsletter and sending resumes to community agencies there are some online sites that have useful sections. For instance if you go to craigslist in your area, there are some sections to study for social work jobs.

One of my clients told me she had been regularly looking at the medical and health section under jobs at craigslist, but one day decided to look under the part-time section at bottom of the job category. She saw a counseling job listed and though she didn’t get the job, she did get a tutoring job that was in that section. Another client of mine saw a social work job listed under the gigs section within the creative category. (It was for working with troubled teens and coming up with activities, field trips and interesting approaches).

There is also the human resources section under jobs as well as the fact that you can add your own resume in their resume section. I just checked my local craigslist and see that under the non profit section there is an ad for a care manager. This job involves case management, care planning and requires a human services background. Remember, to check many sections there as you don’t know where a relevant job for those with the bsw or msw degree can appear.

Also, if you aren’t sure where you wish to live, you can use the site to search all the craigslist offerings around the US and use various keywords. Aside from typing in social worker, type in phrases such as counselor, therapist, social work, hospice, foster care, palliative care, bsw, msw and others that are relevant. You can also type in phrases such as drug rehab, substance abuse and elder care depending on your interests. Other search queries that can effective can include foster care, bereavement and child care. Remember that many employers may not put the phrase msw jobs in their title or indicate they are looking for someone with a bsw degree. They may just list the population that will be the focus in their title.

Job hunting can be frustrating and online tools plus trying out a variety of seach strings help to find some gems that may not be easy to locate.

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