Applying for Social Work Jobs
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1. When one hears about a social work vacancy in a public, merit system agency, it is important to make application promptly.

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2. Research shows that the clothing one wears for an employment interview makes little or no difference in whether or not one is offered the job.

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3. Affirmative action rules have made it almost impossible for white male social workers to find work.

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4. Most government social work jobs are covered by merit or civil service systems and are not subject to politics.

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5. Networking is an important way for locating social work jobs.

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6. Sometimes, the benefits available on a job are as important or even more important than the salary one is paid.

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7. Equal opportunity and affirmative action programs do not necessarily guarantee that members of minority groups will be selected over non-minority applicants.

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8. Equal opportunity and affirmative action programs are not only for members of minority groups. They also cover women, people with disabilities, and older people.

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9. A job applicant with a doctorate in social work would obviously be chosen over a candidate with a Bachelor of Social Work degree, even if the job requires the BSW and no additional education.

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10. Rules against nepotism are likely to prevent an employee in social work from hiring a relative, even if that relative is qualified for the job.

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11. In employment applications, bonus points may be given for those who are veterans, people who live in the county where the job is located, and in other circumstances, depending on the agency rules.

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12. The typical probation period in social work for those appointed to jobs is six months. The time can be extended, however, if the employer wants more time to evaluate the employee or if the employee needs more time to demonstrate his or her ability to perform the job.

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13. A good source of information on jobs with state by state listings is NASW News, a national publication which comes out almost every month.

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14. The Encyclopedia of Social Work is a good source of information about jobs.

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15. When a potential employer tells an applicant that "this salary is absolutely the highest we can pay" it is worthwhile to ask the employer to reconsider and try to raise the salary.

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16. A vested retirement plan is one that will allow the employee to retire, after reaching retirement age, even though he or she may have left employment with the organization many years before.

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17. Retirement for most employees is only useful once they are no longer able or willing to work because of age.

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18. For job interviews, it is advisable for men to wear coats and ties and for women to wear dresses or skirts and blouses.

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19. The JOBS offices in most states do not list social work jobs or help people find them.

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20. Classified advertisements in local daily newspapers are one useful way to locate social work jobs.

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