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I Quit! How a Social Worker Can Leave a Social Work Job Professionally and Ethically
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2016 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Valerie Arendt, MSW, MPP
Leaving your social work job can be a difficult decision. Figuring
out if and when you should leave will have an impact on your career and
your family. There are many reasons to leave a job:
- Another exciting opportunity has come along.
- You’re stressed out.
- The agency has poor leadership.
- Your employer won’t let you attend professional development. Ever.
- They don’t encourage your career growth, or there are no advancement opportunities.
- It’s not a right fit.
- It’s just time to move on.
- All of the above.
These reasons aren’t unique in the social work profession, but
there are some additional ethical considerations social workers need to
think about before leaving their current positions. For whatever reason,
you are ready to make a move. Here are a few steps to help you through
the process of quitting your job with poise and without burning those
essential professional bridges.
What To Do Before You Quit
1. Update your résumé and tap into your network.
You should be doing this on an ongoing basis anyway, not just when you
are ready to quit. Ideally, you will already have a job lined up before
you quit, but sometimes employees need to exit quickly. Keeping up with
your professional network and knowing what opportunities might be
available for you are good life-long career strategies (see tool #3 of 9 Tools for Your Professional Social Worker Toolkit
in the Fall 2015 issue of The New Social Worker).
2. Be discreet about your job search. Don’t search for or apply for jobs while you are at work. This may get
you fired. Do your online job search at home, but definitely use your
professional work contacts to find out which organizations may be
3. Start collecting your things. When
you give notice of your departure you may be asked to leave immediately
for security purposes. Many social workers don’t expect this, but it
does happen. If you have more than a boxful of personal items at your
desk, quietly start taking things home, so there isn’t a big scene if
you are asked to leave on the day you resign.
4. Write a letter of resignation. Give
your employer documentation of your resignation. Keep it simple and
positive, as this will likely go in the organization’s file on you. Even
if they treated you poorly, they did hire and employ you. Thank them
for the job, and give them the date of your last day of employment.
5. Give appropriate notice. Check your
organization’s policies on the amount of notice that is required. Two
weeks is standard for entry-level positions, but if you are in a
supervisory role or manage programs, a month is a decent amount of time
for your employer to put a plan in place until your replacement is
6. Resign in person. Schedule an
in-person meeting with your supervisor to give notice that you are
leaving. Be prepared to be asked why you are quitting, but don’t feel
obligated to tell them everything if you are truly dissatisfied with
your job or employer. You don’t want to risk an emotional outburst from
either side. Practice what you are going to say and restate what you
have written in your resignation letter.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2016 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Fall issue:
...and more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please dowload the PDF.
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Submit Your Entry
The New Social Worker's Social Work Month Project 2017
Deadline: January 16, 2017
The New Social Worker
is seeking submissions
from social work practitioners, educators, and students for
Social Work Month 2017. Please consider submitting your work for The New Social Worker
magazine’s online Social Work Month Project.
We invite you to submit a creative work that presents a positive view of social work on the micro, mezzo, and/or macro level. These can be, for example,
writings or videos on what you like best about your social work career,
the best/most important thing you've learned as a social worker and how
you learned it, a moment in your career that inspired you, what you see
as the main purpose of social work, dispelling myths about social work,
social work ethics/values (for example, choose one of the core values in
the NASW Code of Ethics), a story about social work, or your
favorite area of social work practice. Don't limit yourself to these
ideas, though. Use your imagination!
Submissions may be in the form of:
- Essay/creative writing (no more than 500 words)
- Other creative work
Works that are accepted will be published on The New Social Worker website during March 2017 and may also appear on our various social
media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and in our
Submissions that do not follow the instructions will not be considered. Entries must be received by January 16, 2017.
National Poetry Contest for Social Workers
Deadline: January 1, 2017
Any social work student, faculty member, or alumnus from a social
work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may
participate in the National Poetry Contest for Social Workers, hosted by the University of Iowa School of Social Work. The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2017. Poems should speak to hopes, dreams, fears, and experiences related to social work.
The purpose of the contest is to acknowledge the creative talent of
social workers and to draw attention to social work as a profession.
“Hosting the national poetry contest here in Iowa City is a natural
extension of what the School of Social Work has been doing for decades,"
says faculty member Mercedes Bern-Klug, a founder of the poetry
contest. "We have a 25-year track record of offering a Creative Writing
Seminar for social workers and the University of Iowa is known as the
'writing university.' Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature. Writing
is in the air."
There is no cost to enter the contest. One submission per social
worker is allowed. Entries will be judged by a panel of social workers,
writers, and poets. The top three submissions will be awarded cash
prizes and published in The New Social Worker. All submissions that meet the requirements will be published
in an electronic chapbook on the UI School of Social Work website.
The above advertised program is not a social work degree program.
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