Career Development

Social work is a dynamic profession, requiring you to stay current in the field, whether it’s applying the latest research, understanding a new regulation and its implications, maintaining your license or professional credential, or acquiring additional training to meet the needs of a changing world. 

Look to NASW's resources to:

  • grow and manage your career
  • maintain a practice of excellence
  • better serve individuals, families, and communities

Putting Yourself Out There


Build Your Résumé

Build a resume that stands out and a cover letter gets you the interview.

Interviewing Tips & Practice Questions

Find out what will help you complete a successful interview and land the job offer you're seeking. 

Connect with Your NASW Chapter

Your local NASW chapters connects you to conferences and local continuing education, and networking events.

Present at an NASW Conference

Showcasing your research, practice innovation, and methodologies at a national or chapter conference is a great way to enhance your career.

Writing & Researching


Write for the Profession

Writing for Help Starts Here and NASW Specialty Practice Section newsletters is a great way to inform and connect with colleagues, build a portfolio of writing samples, and enhance your visibility in the social field.

NASW Press is a leading scholarly press in the social sciences. It serves faculty, practitioners, agencies, libraries, clinicians, and researchers throughout the United States and abroad. Known for attracting expert authors, the NASW Press delivers professional information to hundreds of thousands of readers through its scholarly journals, books, and reference works.

Conduct Research

  • Review Research & Data, which provides information on social work research to help inform policy, practice, and education.
  • Read Social Work Speaks Abstracts to research policy issues related to the social work profession.
  • Request access to the dataset to conduct research on the social work workforce.

State Licensing


A state social work license is issued to regulate the practice of social work and to protect the public. Licensing requirements vary from jurisdiction.

Practice Standards


Know the benchmarks for the services that social workers should provide, that employers should support, and that consumers should expect.

See NASW Practice Standards & Guidelines

NASW JobLink

JobLink is an online job search tool that  enables you to search and apply to jobs, upload your resume, sign up for alerts, and more.

JobLink is free to all job seekers, but only NASW members receive unlimited access to all features.



Leadership Ladders: Steps to a great career in social work


Whether you're a new social worker or a seasoned professional, Leadership Ladders newsletter can help you take your career to the next level.

Read Leadership Ladders


Career Development Webinars

NASW members, get tips on using LinkedIn, creating your personal brand, job search and interview strategies.

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