Social Workers

How to develop your
social work career


Whatever stage you're at in your social care career we understand that the profession requires diverse skills to deal with the various challenges and obstacles it throws at you. Whether you're newly qualified and looking for your first social care job or need help developing your expertise, Randstad will provide you with the support and advice you need to succeed.

Below are useful tips, guides and resources for you to take your social care career to the next level.

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Tips for Newly Qualified Social Workers

Entry level jobs in social care have become increasingly competitive in recent years with newly qualified social workers now looking for as much guidance as possible to find their first job. Our experts have put together guides including tips on how to write the perfect CV for social care, interview preparation and application advice.

Newly Qualified Social
Worker Career Checklist

CV and Application
advice for NQSW

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How to prepare for an
interview as a NQSW

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Progressing your social work career

Developing your skills is important for a social worker especially if you want to progress your career. One thing you can do to help take that next step on the ladder is consider your continuing professional development (CPD). We know it can be hard to keep on top of training so here's some advice on how to plan for your next move.

Managing CPD as a social worker

Every social work professional registered with HCPC is required to maintain a record or profile of their learning and development. Here are some top tips for organising yours:

5 top tips for organising
your CPD Profile

What you'll need to do if you're selected to participate in a CPD audit

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Examples of activities to include on your CPD profile

  • Being involved with a specialist interest group or professional body.
  • Mentoring, lecturing, teaching or involvement with presentations at conferences.
  • Supervising research.
  • Organising accredited courses, specialist groups or clubs.
  • Being promoted.
  • Peer reviews, coaching from others and discussions with colleagues.
  • Learning from experiences or new tasks, working with other departments, project management and in-service training.
  • Shadowing others, reflective practice and journal club.
  • Secondments and job rotation.
  • Courses and further education.
  • Research and writing articles, essays or papers.
  • Attending seminars or conferences.
  • Planning or running a course for others.

From Children's Services to Mental Health social workers, we recuit for roles in a variety of social work disciplines. Find out more about our roles, our training opportunities and how you can work with us here.

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10 skills every social worker will need

Social work is varied and demanding but comes with huge job satisfaction and reward. Many professionals may feel daunted by the prospect of learning and deploying a wide range of skills so we've put together a list of 10 essential areas you can focus on developing.

If you take the time to listen carefully, ask pertinent questions and retain important cues and information, you'll be able to establish trust and respect with your service users.
Dealing with social injustice and vulnerable people can be emotionally demanding so social workers will need to know how to take care of themselves emotionally and psychologically and relieve stress when necessary.
Social workers will always need to reflect objectively on their actions, progress and flaws. By honestly evaluating your performance and acknowledging criticism and feedback from others, you will be able to drastically improve your standard of care and support.
Whether you're building a relationship with a service user, addressing a particularly sensitive problem or reporting back to senior members of staff, social work requires versatility and thoughtfulness when it comes to communication.
Strong leadership skills and the ability to properly represent service users in a variety of scenarios are essential for building trust and respect.
Social work cases are often complex and solutions may not be immediately obvious. Being able to analyse, research and think critically about a scenario before taking action is therefore essential.
The ability to understand and immerse yourself in a service user's culture, circumstances and situation will allow you to effectively help them solve issues and move past barriers.
Being able to deal with heavy caseloads, records and paperwork simultaneously requires highly tuned organisational skills. Managing the logistical aspects of your job will always allow you to provide effective and meaningful support for service users.
Social workers work within testing scenarios with service users which will often require patience, perseverance, openness and respect when working to resolve social issues.
Having strong social perceptiveness will allow you to pick up on verbal and visual cues from service users and identify behaviour patterns and warning signs when evaluating crises and problems.

Life as a social worker

Social work can be an emotionally and psychologically demanding profession and requires practitioners to stay on top of things like work life balance, emotional resilience and stress levels. Read our tips and guidance below to get an insight into day-to-day demands of social work and how to deal with stress.

A day in the life of a
social worker

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How to deal with stress
in social work jobs

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Why work with Randstad?

We have over 60 years of experience helping and supporting social workers into new roles and have market knowledge and preferred supplier status across many local authorities and private organisations in the UK. When you work with us, we ensure you have your own dedicated consultant as well as access to 100s of regularly updated job opportunities and bespoke training courses. Contact us today to see how we can find the ideal role for you.

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