If you have just landed your first social work degree, then it is important that you be proactive in finding the right job for you. Being proactive may help you find an organization where you will be a perfect fit. In that case, you may be able to grow with the organization and never have to look for another job. Here are some things you will want to make sure to do when looking for your first social work job.
Know Your Interests
There are many different types of social work jobs. Some choose to work within health care organizations. Others choose to work in substance abuse clinics or for mental health agencies. Still, others choose to work for the government doing jobs like working with foster families. Finding a job that aligns with your interests is likely to result in you loving your new position once you find one.
Think About Your Desired Location
Some people love the thrill of living in a large city while others prefer to live in a small town. Some new graduates have a strong desire to move back to their hometowns while others want to live as far away as possible. Your social work degree may only be applicable in the state where you graduate unless you pass additional tests. This is an important fact to keep in mind when looking for your first job.
Prepare for the Vetting Process
Your employer will be checking your background through data bases, like MedPro Systems, and other such sources. They will most likely check to see if you have a criminal history and look into your education as well. They will definitely want to check for your HCP license eligibility and sanctions that may have been placed. If you have a clean slate and have all the right licenses and certifications, however, it should be a pretty smooth process.
Prepare Your Applications
It is important that you locate services within your desired location that may need to hire social workers. If you see an open position, then follow the procedures to apply for it. Some people looking for their first job find it useful to send a cover letter and resume to other organizations that may not have a current position open. Being proactive often helps you open the door to the right new social work job for you.
Congratulations on the hours of study it took to get your social work degree. Now, use these tips and your own ideas to find the right job for you.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.