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Social work by its very nature is complex and fast-paced; summing up what you’ve accomplished in one year can be a challenge, let alone over several years. So, how do you cherry-pick the very best examples from your career to showcase to a prospective new employer?

Here’s a list of our top ten careers blogs to help you secure your next role:

Make sure you shine on paper

As a social worker, organising your CV might feel like a challenge given the wealth of experience you’ve gained. To help, we’ve created a downloadable CV template to help you structure your CV. 

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Stand out at an interview

Whether you’re looking for a locum social work role or a permanent social work position, you’ll need to show how you are the best candidate for the job. This will largely depend on how much preparation you have done. 

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Practice the STAR technique 

Competency questions are meant to give the employer an insight into your specific skills and experience. This simple, but effective STAR technique can help you decide on what examples to give. 

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Draw from your CPD

Those hours spent completing your continuing professional development (CPD) will come in handy for interview. Jot down a few bullet-points from some of your reflections within your CPD Activity Log ahead of your interview. 

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‘Tricky’ interview questions

The more probing questions are not designed to trip you up; they’re simply used to help employers gather more information about you as a practitioner. You will need to show a great deal of self-awareness within your answers. 

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What should you ask at interview?

A successful interview is not just about being able to answer an employer’s questions. You need to ask the right questions too; not just to show a keen interest but to make sure the role is right for you.

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Why do you want the job?

It may seem like a simple question. However, it can pose a real challenge for even the most experienced interviewee. Follow our step-to-step guide to get your answer right.

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What not to do at interview

We’re all aware of some of the more general interview no-nos, but there are some faux pas’ that are not quite so obvious. 

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But I only have 48 hours…

Try not to threat! Sometimes, having a small amount of time before your interview can work to your advantage as you’ll most likely spend a concentrated amount of time going over your key achievements, skills and experience. 

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Make the most of your prep sheet

To help our candidates, we have created two downloadable interview preparation sheets; one for those working in adult services and another for those working in children’s service. 

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Good luck, and don’t forget to ask your Sanctuary Consultant for any advice. We’re always happy to help!

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