By Natalie McIntyre, Career and Industry Specialist, ASU's Career and Professional Development Services
Across all industries, there are common best practices for resume writing. That being said, most fields have their own nuances that are important to remember as you create your resume. Each organization as well as roles within certain fields can have preferences on resume style, so researching these expectations and tailoring your resume for each position can lead to greater successes you search for a job or internship. For resumes within the field of Social Work, here are a few tips to remember that will enhance your resume.
Include both paid and unpaid experience
Including any professional work and internship experience is very important to include on your resume. Unpaid experience is often highly valued by employers as well, particularly when it highlights skills and experiences directly related to the position and shows your involvement in the community. These experiences could include volunteer, service, research, academic projects, relevant coursework, professional development and others.
Spell out acronyms
Acronyms are common in the field of Social Work and should be spelled out on your resume for reference by the reader. This can be important for readers who may not be as familiar with the terminology of the field, including various members of the hiring committee, human resource professionals as well as software that scans resumes for keywords.
Consider optional section headers
There are many options for section headers beyond "education" and "experience" that can be included on your resume to highlight your experiences. Hiring committees within the field of Social Work may look for information related to Licenses and Certifications, Publications, Research Experience, Community Involvement and other job-specific qualifications. These can be tailored to specific organizations and job position applications.
It is important to not only tailor your resume to each position applying for, but also to have others review your resume before it is sent. Consider asking a professional in Social Work provide feedback before it is sent, along with a review by a Career Services professional through an appointment in Handshake or submitting it to Resume Dropbox.