Introduction and Alignment
Resumes are a practical way to market your unique knowledge and skills, especially to prospective employers. Resumes should be positive, factual, visually appealing, and customized to the situation and reader. A resume should not be an autobiography, but a snapshot of important details. You should design your resume in such a way that it can be read easily and the information processed quickly.
As you complete your Bachelors in Social Work degree, you will experience expanded career possibilities and new opportunities. A well-written resume is a great tool to assist you in achieving your professional goals.
Upon completion of this assignment, you should be able to:
Create a resume that summarizes relevant professional experience, education, and skills.
Website: Wildcat Works Career Network
Website: Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Website: National Association of Social Workers: Social Work Career Center
Media: Resume Writing and the Employment Interview
File: Résumé Development
Resumes are an important snapshot of your relevant skills, interests, and experience. Usually, a resume is the main method an agency or human resources department uses in deciding whom they will interview among applicants with similar skills and experiences. Thus, you need to design and craft your resume to not only highlight your skills and experiences but also to help you stand out from the crowd in a professional manner. Your resume should be visually appealing, and neither too long nor too short.
In this assignment, you will have the opportunity to design your first professional social work resume, as well as get feedback on any areas that could be improved. There will be a variety of tools provided to assist you in creating this first social work resume.
You will continue to refine your resume in SWK-470 Social Work Field Seminar II. Indiana Wesleyan University offers a number of resources to help you succeed that include the WildCat Works Career Network and MyCareerConnect. Tapping into these resources will be an excellent means of locating jobs upon graduation!
In preparation for this assignment:
Visit the Wildcat Works Career Network and sign in using your IWU student email account. Here, you will have access to the Career Services Manager, which offers a number of resources that includes the “Resume Builder and Letter Writing Tools.”
Contact MyCareerConnect by emailing for help, advice, and guidance.
Review the essentials of developing resumes by visiting the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) website and reading the “Introduction to and Expectations for Résumés” page.
Visit the National Association of Social Workers: Social Work Career Center website.
This site includes resources to help you build your resume. Select the link “Find a Job” and then the link “Build Your Resume and Cover Letter.”
View the media “Resume Writing and the Employment Interview.”
To complete this assignment:
Using the NASW job board or another source, identify a position you are interested in applying for after completing your Bachelors in Social Work degree. Consider the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities you need to qualify for the position you identified.
Compose a well-written, concise resume specific to that position, including, but not limited to:
A cover letter
Professional affiliation (licensure, certification, membership) if applicable
You may also include other experiences (voluntary) and references’ contact information