Career Building Skills for Social Workers: #MacroSW Chat 5/14 8 PM CST

Melissa Whatley, UAB Career & Professional Development

Melissa Whatley, UAB Career & Professional Development

Joy Jones, UAB Career & Professional Development

Joy Jones, UAB Career & Professional Development

This is a re-post from the #MacroSW Chat website.  I will be hosting this chat on 5/14/15 so please join us!  Click here for more information on how to participate in a live Twitter chat.

Are you a newly graduated social worker looking for a job? Thinking about going back to graduate school for that MSW? Then join us for a chat with guest experts Melissa Whatley & Joy Jones from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) Career & Professional Development. They will be answering your most pressing questions about searching and interviewing for that first social work job, how to tell your professional story through a resume, and best practices for networking, off-line & online.

We also invite social workers to share their own experiences about finding a social work job, especially a macro position, how they made the decision to go back to graduate school, or their best tip for networking, interviewing or building a resume.

Here is how the chat will work:
Melissa (tweeting from @uabcareerserveand Joy (tweeting from @UABJoy ) will be answering your most pressing career development questions so come prepared.  You can also submit your questions in advance to @laurelhitchcock.  Melissa and Joy will be selecting questions from your submissions/posts.  (Disclaimer: We may not be able to get to everyone’s question due to the time limit of the chat). Possible topics include:

1. What needs to be included on my resume?
2. How can I use social media to get a job?
3. What can I expect during a job interview?
4. What do I need to know to be successful in a social work career?

We also invite anyone joining our chat to share their thoughts and best career advice along side Melissa & Joy.


1. from the National Association of Social Workers
2. Social Work Career – website by Dorlee Michaeli, MBA, LMSW
3. The Political Social Worker – website by Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
4. Macro Social Work Career Exploration from the DiNitto Center for Career Services at University of Texas at Austin

#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis. The chats are held bimonthly on Twitter on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). For more information, chat schedule, and chat archives check out:

Our collaborators include:

Association for Community Organizing and Social Administration (ACOSA)@acosaorg

Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW, Instructor of Social Work at Bridgewater State University@karenzgoda

The Macro Social Work Student Network@MSWSN

Network for Social Work Management (NSWM)@TheNSWM

Rache West, The Political Social Worker@poliSW

University at Buffalo School of Social Work@ubssw

University of Southern California School of Social Work@mswatusc

Sunya Folayan, MSW, ACSW, founder/executive director, The Empowerment Project, Inc.@SunyaFolayan

Laurel Hitchcock, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Alabama at Birmingham@laurelhitchcock

Author: Laurel Hitchcock

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