Your Social Work E-News for December is here!
Social Work E-News
Issue #217, December 11, 2018
Social Work E-News
Welcome to Issue #217
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Social Work Month will be here before you know it! Social Work Month is in March, and we are already planning for this special month. See "News and Resources" below for details on our call for submissions.
The New Social Worker website
is a great place to find a variety of new and archived articles on job search, social work careers, practice, ethics, and more issues for new grads.
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December marks several observances, including but not limited to:
- World AIDS Day (December 1)
- Human Rights Day (December 10)
- International Human Solidarity Day (December 20)
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Keep Making an Impression After Your Social Work Job Interview: The Art of Following Up
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2018 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER.
Read the complete article at:
by Jennifer Luna Jackson, MSSW
You’ve prepared, researched, applied, and interviewed. Now what? The
job search process doesn’t end until you have started your first day of
work at your new job.
The following tips will set you up for success in the days
following your interview. During your interview, don’t forget to ask the
employer, “What are the next steps in the hiring process? What is your
timeline for hiring?” Many job seekers are so relieved when the job
interview is over that they forget to ask these important questions.
Without this knowledge, it can feel like entering a black hole.
Take a minute to reflect.
After you have finished your interview, take a moment to reflect
on the questions that were asked, the culture of the organization you
experienced, and the work style of your potential supervisor. Write down
any questions that you may or may not have expected. This will help you
with your next interview. Many times, when interviewing, you may notice
something unique about the working environment or culture of the
organization. Take note of this, especially if it was an element that
impressed you. These are golden nuggets that will make your thank-you
note stand out. For example, you might write, “When I was waiting for my
interview, I was particularly impressed with the customer service of
the staff at the reception desk. They made everyone feel so comfortable,
including the social workers, the anxious clients, and an anxious job
Finally, as we all know, an interview works both ways. Make sure
that you write down any questions that you may have forgotten to ask the
interviewer. These will come in handy when you get a second interview.
Write a thank-you note.
Did you know that most job seekers don’t write thank-you notes?
According to an Accounttemps survey of human resources, only 24% of job
seekers send thank-you notes. However, 80% of the hiring managers found
them helpful when reviewing applicants. Thank-you notes should never be
left out of the job search process. If you think about the other side,
job recruiters have quite a few tasks to accomplish to select the best
applicant. They must create a good job posting, gain approval from
supervisors and human resources, sift through résumés, and schedule and
conduct interviews. Even if the interview was not quite what you
expected, the interviewer should always be thanked for giving you their
time. A well-crafted thank-you letter gives you the opportunity to plug
your skills and reiterate something that stood out about the interview
or the organization. If you have interviewed with a panel, it is not
necessary to send the thank-you letter to the entire panel, but do
mention their names in the letter that you send to the lead interviewer.
Aside from this, it’s just good manners to always send a thank-you.
Sample Thank-You Letter
Dear Mrs. Perez:
I would like to thank both you and Ms. Fox for taking time to
meet with me to discuss the position of Geriatric Social Worker. I
enjoyed learning about the Johnson Center and the many services it
provides to older adults and the community. I was delighted to learn
about the integration of technology your agency uses in order to keep
families connected through Facetime and Skype. After speaking with you
and learning more about your organization, I am confident that my
experiences in working with older adults and their families, case
management, and coordinating volunteers offers the leadership qualities
that make me an excellent fit for the job. Enclosed you will find the
report I wrote on long-term care alternatives that you requested. Please
feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. I look
forward to hearing from you soon. Again, thank you for your time and
Thank-you letters should be written within 24 hours of the
interview. This correspondence can be written by hand, emailed, or in
the form of a formal letter sent by mail. It’s important to gauge the
culture of the agency when selecting the type of correspondence you
would like to send. For example, if it is a casual nonprofit, perhaps a
handwritten thank-you note is in order. If it is a formal agency, such
as a government or legislative position, you may want to send a formal
letter. If the interviewer tells you that the selection process will
occur within the next couple of days or sooner, definitely send a
thank-you letter via email.
Read the rest of this article at:
Here are articles from the Fall 2018 issue:
Student Role Model - Gabriela Solis (in PDF format only)
Social workers often focus on successful outcomes. But has this
emphasis diminished the role of process in social work practice? Can we
resist the urge to "fix" and instead "sit with"?
What? Another group project? Social workers and social work students often work in groups. Learn to embrace the process.
Social workers use varying terms related to culture and social
diversity - cultural competence, cultural awareness, cultural
sensitivity, cultural humility, and cultural responsiveness. What do
they mean? What’s the difference?
Your professors said you would be working at three levels of social
work - micro, mezzo, and macro. But your job seems to be all micro. Are
you doing something wrong?
You made it through the job interview for the social work job you
want. Now what? Do not neglect to follow up. Write a thank-you letter,
connect on LinkedIn, and prepare for the next interview. The search
isn't over until you start your new job.
You are excited about your new position as a social work manager
and have many ideas about what can be done differently. You can’t wait
to start, but it may be beneficial to take some time to consider several
Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) provide a supportive
environment within the college campus culture for students in recovery.
The person-in-environment approach is one that is in sync with social
A series of #MacroSW Twitter chats has focused on social action in
social work, including: vision, community assessment, action planning,
and community organizing.
Is automation a threat to social work practice in the field? Or is it a tool?
AmeriCorps is similar to the Peace Corps, but volunteers stay in
the U.S. Volunteering for the program can offer benefits to aspiring
The New Social Worker is an endorser of the National Social
Worker Voter Mobilization Campaign. Terry Mizrahi and Mimi Abramovitz
write about the campaign's background and ways social workers can get
involved in getting out the vote in 2018.
As a social worker, what can you do to prevent youth suicide? The
good news is that there are several psychotherapies that have been shown
to reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors in youth. Expert Jonathan
Singer provides 5 tips for social workers.
Book review of The Hidden Among the Hidden: African-American Elder Male Caregivers
Book review of Explorations in Diversity, Examining the Complexities of Privilege, Discrimination, and Oppression
Book Review: After the Cradle Falls: What Child Abuse Is, How We Respond To It, And What You Can Do About It
Book review of Narratives on Positive Aging: Recipes for Success.
...and more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
BONUS! Read recent web exclusive articles:
Call for Submissions: The New Social Worker Social Work Month Series 2019
The New Social Worker will once again publish an online series for Social Work Month in March 2019. As part of this series, we are seeking submissions on the values of social work.
The New Social Worker is accepting submissions for Social Work Month
in the form of essays (up to 500 words) and other creative work that relates to one of the six core values of social work (see the Preamble to the NASW Code of Ethics).
Focus your essay/work on one of the six values, and be creative in expressing what this value means to you, its importance, or how you have seen the value's relevance in your life/work.
Send Social Work Month submissions to Linda Grobman
no later than January 31, 2019.
Submissions must be by social work students or social work graduates. Please include the following information at the top of your manuscript: your name, your degree (expected or received), school you attend or graduated from, your email address. Then include the body of your submission, followed by a brief bio.
Please include "Submission - Social Work Month" and which value you are focusing on in the email subject line.
Ethics and Values Video Available
The New Social Worker's ethics columnist Allan Barsky has developed a new video, Ethics and Values in Social Work: Client-Centered Processes for Managing Ethical Concerns. See details and a short excerpt from the video at:
University of Iowa National Poetry Contest for Social Workers
Accepting poem submissions until January 31, 2019.
The University of Iowa School of Social Work conducts an annual, nationwide poetry contest 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, one of the contest's founders. "We have a 28-year track record of offering a Creative Writing Seminar for social workers--and the University of Iowa is known as "The Writing University." In Iowa City--recognized internationally as a UNESCO City of Literature--writing is the air we breathe."
The contest is open to students, faculty, or alumni from any United States CSWE-accredited social work program. See full contest rules and submit your original poetry online at http://bit.ly/SSWpoetry2018.
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place poems will be published in The New Social Worker magazine.
Social Work in the News
This is a brief sampling of social work-related items in the news:
Write for THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER
I am seeking a limited number of articles for THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER website and magazine.
Is there an issue that you are passionate about that corresponds with
an upcoming “awareness” month, week, or day; holiday; or time of year/season? This is a good way to
identify a topic for a timely article.
Other topics of interest include: social work field placement issues, licensing, and career development.
Our style is conversational and educational, and web articles
typically run 500-750 words. Feature articles typically run 1,250-1,500 words. We want positive articles that social
workers can use to help them advance in their careers.
I also welcome submissions of poetry, photographs, illustrations, artwork, videos, audio, and other creative work depicting social work and related topics.
Submit articles to Linda Grobman with a subject line that says “Submission—(insert title or topic of submission).” Attach your
submission as a Word file. Please include in this file: title of
submission, your name as you want it to appear with your article, body
of your submission, a brief bio about yourself. I will then review your
submission and let you know if I need anything else and/or whether it is
accepted for publication.
Please email Linda Grobman
with ideas for longer (1,250-1,500 words) "feature articles" for THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER
BEDTIME READING/GIFTS FOR GRADUATION/HOLIDAYS
BEGINNINGS, MIDDLES, & ENDS: SIDEWAYS STORIES ON THE ART & SOUL OF SOCIAL WORK
the right blend of humor
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nuggets of wisdom that you
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They capture the essence and
the art and soul of social work.
Now in Paperback and Hardcover: ON CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK: MEDITATIONS AND TRUTHS FROM THE FIELD is Dr. Danna Bodenheimer's NEWEST book.
The beautiful, full-color book - now in paperback and hardcover - makes a meaningful gift for you, a student, or a colleague. It is available now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble (and other bookstores, too).
Singer of the Social Work
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he said, "Danna pays
attention to life’s details with a psychotherapist’s
insight and writes about them with the passion of a slam poet. She
speaks to the soul of social work and inspires us to think about more
than just social work."
Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago, Founder and host, Social Work Podcast
The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals
A-to-Z format in this book provides 26 practical strategies for your
personal self-care plan. Learn how to make a SMART plan and keep
yourself accountable. Easy to read and essential for any social worker
or helping professional.
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