Should I give out references to an employer I am not that interested in?

Hold your references until the prospective employer asks for them. Remember that any reference you list on your list of references is assumed to be positive. But prospective employers don't stop there. 

Ever wonder why an application will ask you the question "To whom did you report?" That's because those are the most important references that a prospective employer wants to speak with. 

Remember, your reference list is nice, but it's not the end of the road for a prospective employer.

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.

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Specialty Practice Sections

Specialty Practice Sections offer NASW members professional development through live practice-specific teleconferences, newsletters, continuing education credits and more.

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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.


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