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Why LinkedIn for Social Work?
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Spring 2018 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Jennifer Luna Jackson, a national leader in social work career development, will be the presenter at our April 18 webinar on negotiating your best salary and benefits.
Read the complete article at:
by Jennifer Luna Jackson, MSSW
LinkedIn is the most powerful networking site available today,
helping social workers discover inside connections to people,
organizations, careers, and community partners. It strengthens and
extends existing networks of trusted contacts and provides a means to
engage with professionals from multiple disciplines. Additionally, it
serves as a gateway to meet new contacts among millions of users.
Most people think LinkedIn is only for job searching. Although
LinkedIn is an invaluable tool for career development, it can also serve
as a means for finding resources for your clients. This makes LinkedIn a
career management network that you can use throughout the span of your
Why Social Work and LinkedIn?
Social workers are natural connectors. LinkedIn is a professional
networking tool, strictly used for exchanging knowledge, ideas, events,
professional resources, and employment opportunities, as well as for
identifying experts. As social workers, we connect clients,
organizations, interdisciplinary professionals, and systems. In that
connector role, we navigate complex systems for our clients, and we are
constantly seeking solutions to human problems that may require
significant learning curves to find the answers we are looking for.
LinkedIn can serve as an efficient “short cut” to making those
connections. Additionally, it serves as an outlet that allows you to
demonstrate your experience, increase your credibility, promote your
cause, and build connections with experts in the field.
Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned professional, here
are some tips for strategically using LinkedIn to help your clients and
Before you begin to explore all of the benefits of LinkedIn for
your clients, it is important to have your own profile up to date. Your
LinkedIn profile provides a snapshot of your career, achievements,
skills, and knowledge areas. It gives you a platform to enhance your
visibility, manage your reputation, and provide a digital elevator
speech through a professional summary. One of the most valuable assets
of your LinkedIn profile is the ability to document your career through
key words, posts, recommendations, and groups.
Your photo is the first impression that other users will notice
on your profile. As you launch your career, and with your online
presence being so important, it is worth the investment to get a
professional headshot. Your headshot should look like you, fill the
frame with your face, and have a subtle background that is not
distracting. Often, professionals delay creating their LinkedIn profiles
because they don’t have a good professional headshot. With this in
mind, make your headshot a priority, so you can move on to other
sections of your profile.
Your Professional Headline
Your LinkedIn professional headline appears immediately below
your name at the top of your profile. It is important to be strategic
about your headline, so you can be found by current and future
connections. If you do not create your own headline, LinkedIn will by
default create one for you that includes your current position and
organization. Since this information will already appear in your
experience section, you don’t want to repeat it in your headline. Use
key words in your headline that describe your skills, areas of practice,
geographical location, and/or titles that others may use when using
services that are similar to yours. For example, rather than having a
headline that reads: Social Worker, Any Social Service Agency Inc., you
could build a stronger headline by using strategic key words: LMSW/Older
Adults/Loss and Grief/Austin, TX. Remember to use these same key words
throughout your profile.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Spring 2018 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Spring 2018 issue:
Student Role Model - Cindy Camacho (in PDF format only)
What are social workers' ethical obligations when they live in
small communities and dual relationships are unavoidable? Boundaries can
be complex, with no simple or perfect solutions.
LinkedIn is the most powerful networking site available today. Have
you created your professional profile and checked out all the site has
to offer your social work career?
The growing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) movement helps
individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental
illness. Social workers are among both the trainers and the trainees.
Historical trauma has emerged as a critical area of study in
understanding and addressing long-term health problems in communities.
You're finally done with classes and assignments. People are suggesting you find a mentor. Is that really necessary?
Technology in higher education is constantly changing. Students and faculty continue to adapt to these changes.
Disabled women are at significant risk of experiencing severe
domestic violence. Social workers must become informed about the issue
and work to become better allies.
The Academy Awards ceremony usually features some social
commentary. What would you say if you had a worldwide audience (and with
social media, you do)?
Book review of Helping the Suicidal Person
Book review of Irvin Yalom's Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir
Book review of Human-Animal Interactions: A Social Work Guide
Book review of Funded! Successful Grantwriting for Your Nonprofit
Book review of Managing the Psychological Impact of Medical Trauma: A Guide for Mental Health and Health Care Professionals.
...and more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
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College of Social Work, University of Kentucky
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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? 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
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