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ISBN: 0-87101-363-0. 2005. Item #3630. 238 pages.
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Updated to respond to changes in the job market and the profession since the best-selling first edition, this unique handbook addresses in detail the career management and job search needs of social workers across job functions, fields, or degree levels, including self-assessment exercises, strategies for researching the job market and networking, details on resumes, curriculum vitae, and portfolios; tips on selecting master’s and doctoral programs, and much more.
Chapter One: Setting a Direction for Your Search
Chapter Two: Researching Marketing and Salary Information
Chapter Three: Preparing Resumes, Curricula Vitae, Portfolios, and References
Chapter Four: Identifying Jobs and Pursuing Leads
Chapter Five: Interviewing Effectively
Chapter Six: Evaluating Job Offers
Chapter Seven: Career Management and Professional Development
Appendix One: Professional Associations
Appendix Two: Work Preferences
Appendix Three: Directories and Career Information Publications
Appendix Four: Information Specific to Fields
Appendix Five: Sample Cover Letters and Other Correspondence
Appendix Six: Sample Resumes
Appendix Seven: Sample Interview Questions
Appendix Eight: Online Job Information and Other Correspondence
Appendix Nine: Special Opportunities: Fellowships, Internships, Training, and Loan Forgiveness Programs
Appendix Ten: Sample Skills by Function
Appendix Eleven: Selecting Master’s and Doctoral Programs
Appendix Twelve: Specialty Certifications from the National Association of Social Workers
About the Author
Ms. Doelling developed the Job Market for MSW Graduates (with Barbara Matz, EdD), an annual report on the job-search experience of new MSWs nationwide. Later, she created Social Work and Social Services Jobs Online (with Violet Horvath, PhD, MSW), a career Web site especially for social workers. She has presented at annual meetings of Career Development and Social Work Education, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and its chapter affiliates.
She cofounded and hosted the first Career Development and Social Work Education conference. In 2003, she chaired the 11th conference, which was an Invitational Meeting on Recruitment, Retention, and Succession. The meeting, held at Washington University, brought together social work career specialists, executives from large service providers and national networks of social services, and representatives from NASW and CSWE.
Professor Emeritus of Social Work, University of Michigan School of Social Work
Social Work Career Development, 2nd Edition will be an indispensable tool for developing workshops, advising students, and providing resource information on virtually all areas of career advancement for social workers. Doelling does a superb job of identifying practical approaches to the job search process with an extraordinarily well-researched emphasis on the distinctive elements of the social work job market. Of particular interest are the refined negotiation skills section, updated internet jobsites, and progressive list of professional organizations and national networks. This is an outstanding book that should be considered a basic reference for social workers seeking to develop and advance their careers.
Jennifer Luna-Idunate, LMSW
Director, The DiNitto Center for Career Services, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work
This comprehensive Handbook should be an excellent source of empowerment and confidence for social workers as they seek to begin or advance their careers. It places control of the job search squarely in their hands. State-of-the-art appendices provide sample cover letters and resumes, sample skills by function, up-to-date online job online job information, comprehensive listings of internships and fellowships, and much more. Doelling’s book is a no-nonsense resource for new social work students, recent graduates, social work professionals making a job change, and individuals who are considering entering the profession or choosing an academic program. It is the only career guide a social worker will ever need!
Jimmie Cochran Pratt, MPH
Director of Career and Leadership Development, Columbia University School of Social Work