Tips & Tools for Job Seekers

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Resources To Help You Find a Job in Social Work

Go from student to employed professional, frontline worker to manager. Find a higher-paying position closer to home. Apply your skills and experience at a treatment center in another state. 

Whatever your next professional step might be, NASW has the tools to help you take it.

Interviewing Tips

Make sure you're prepared for your interview. Get tips on what will help you interview successfully and gain the job offer you're seeking.

Resumes & Letters

In a competitive job market, it's essential that you create effective cover letters and resumes. See example social work resumes and cover letters--and tips on how to write them.

Social Work Salaries

Social work salaries vary depending on a number of factors, including geographic location, highest social work degree and gender.

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Social Work Career Development: A Handbook for Job Hunting and Career Planning

This publication includes strategies for researching the job market, networking; creating resumes, CVs, and portfolios; tips on selecting master’s and doctoral programs, and more.

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Leadership Ladders

Take Your Career to the Next Level

Whether you're a new social worker or a seasoned professional, Leadership Ladders newsletter is designed to help you successfully navigate your career.

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Career Tips for Social Workers Playlist

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Certify Your Employment During the PSLF Waiver Period

NASW encourages all social workers and other public service employees with federal student loans to certify their employment during the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver period, which ends October 31, 2022.

Use the the PSLF Help Tool at to confirm that your employer qualifies and submit your certification form as soon as possible.