key to a successful job search
The value of networking.
"Just as social workers are able to help those they serve through their relationships with one another, they help each other locate job information through personal contacts. They tell each other about available job sources, sometimes because employers have asked them to help find employees to fill vacancies."
"In some ways, the informal job location network is the most productive and commonly used system for filling vacancies and finding jobs. As part of staying in touch with those who have common interests and skills, social workers network with one another by mail, e-mail, and telephone, and at professional conferences and meetings."
- Leon H. Ginsberg, Careers in Social Work
Networking with BC alumni (and other professionals in social work and human services) will serve several purposes:
- You can learn about the culture and environment of agencies that you are considering applying to. How well do people at a particular agency or organization work together? What is the quality of the supervision? How is the work load? Are people easily burned out at their jobs? Are there opportunities for professional development provided by the organization? Answers to these questions may not be available from any other source, and they may determine your happiness and success at the job.
- You may hear about job openings that are not advertised anywhere.
- You will gain insights into the nature of the work and learn tips on the job hunting process.
- You may have personal contact with people who are in a position to hire (or who can recommend you to those who can hire). Making contact with these people before they make any interviewing or hiring decisions will have a greater impact on your job search than any other single thing you can do.