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Social Work

Definition

Social Work involves the professional activity of helping individuals, groups, or communities enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning.

Job Titles to Consider

Admissions Counselor
Agency Director
Case Worker
Career Services Director
Child Welfare
Community Service Agency Worker
Correctional Officer
Director of Community Organization
Family Counseling
Fundraiser / Grant Writer
Geriatric Social Worker
Group Worker
Hospice Coordinator
Medical Social Work
Mental Health
Nursing Home Worker
Peace Corp / VISTA Worker
Police Officer
Politician
Policy Advocate
Probation /Parole Officer
Social Activist
Social Worker
Sociologist
Teacher / Professor / Workshop Presenter

 
Will you be able to prove you have the most important skills and hear “you're hired”?

Communication Skills
Communication skills involve active listening, presentation as well as excellent writing capabilities. Can you explain technical concepts to partners, customers and coworkers in a way they will understand?

Computer and Technical Literacy
Today, most jobs require basic competency in computer software.

Interpersonal Skills
The ability to work in teams, relate to people and manage conflict is extremely important in the workplace. How have you done this in the past? What is your conflict management style?

Adaptability
Are you able to adapt to changes and manage multiple tasks? In today’s professional world, the ability to learn new technologies and adjust to changing surroundings is important.

Research Skills
Hiring managers seek employees that are skilled at assessing situations, are able to seek multiple perspectives and gather more in-depth information.

Project Management Skills
Organization, planning and effectively implementing projects are all important skills to an employer. Many companies are choosing not to hire project managers, and are expecting all employees to possess the skills necessary to carry out projects.

Problem-Solving Skills
You need the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, and available resources to resolve issues in any field. Solving problems will save your organization time and money.

Strong Work Ethic
Can you take initiative? Are you reliable? Can you do the job right the first time? Managers don’t have the time watch your every move, so this is a skill that is expected from all employees.

Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is not a skill that will be listed in a job description. However, it is a highly sought after skill that relates to social skills, social awareness and self-management abilities.
 

Professional Organizations

American Sociological Association
www.asanet.org

Association of Social Work Boards
www.aswb.org

National Association of Social Workers
www.naswdc.org

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
www.aamft.org

Association for Community Organization and
Social Administration

www.acosa.org

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