Searching for Jobs Outside the Traditional Social Work Setting
- Internship experience. Be able to articulate what you have learned or accomplished at an internship and why that is beneficial to an employer. Where you intern is important, but what you’re learning and what skills you have developed can be more powerful.
- Cover letters and resumes. Create and/or update your status and information on these important documents, emphasizing the experience and skills most applicable to a potential employer. The purpose of the resume is to inspire the employer to call you. The cover letter should not duplicate your resume but should expand on any details especially applicable to the job opening.
- Networking. During your school training and interactions with experts in your field of interest, make connections with professors, professionals, classmates and coworkers. They are resources for future employment.
- Informational interviews. Take the initiative to request informational interviews with people you can add to your network. These interviews can help you learn about the field, enabling you to confirm whether it is right for you. These are not job interviews but a conversation to learn more.
- Job openings. Job banks are a good place to start, including employment websites such as Indeed, Glassdoor and CareerBuilder. Use search phrases “corporate social worker,” “corporate social responsibility,” and “employee assistance program” to get started. Search job boards for professional organizations such as the National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration. For a more comprehensive list, see the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s Career Resource Links page.