Changing Teams - Transferable skills in Social Work
A common request I get as a Social Work Recruitment Consultant is from Social Workers looking to change areas of practice / teams or move from Childrens’ Services into Adults or Vice Versa.
This is often met with resistance from Team / Hiring managers. Remember, all they see is the CV and if there is a variety of roles on there that seem irrelevant, your CV will be rejected.
With the diverse set of skills required and used on a daily basis from any successful Social Worker, I am often told how and why Social Workers could successfully transition into a new team – however this is not reflected in the CV and managers don’t have the benefit of having these initial conversations.
As a recruiter dealing with this regularly, I wanted to pass on my advice to help candidates who are seriously committed to changing areas.
You need to make it clear in your CV what team / area you are interested in moving into, why you want to make that change and what exact transferable skills you have. You should use real life examples that highlight the skills you believe are relevant and transferable because without these examples – these are just empty words on a page. The key focus should be to show how these skills make you a good Social Worker and what your Social Work background could bring to this new team.
It isn’t easy to transition teams, I know many Social Workers that have tried and are still trying that haven’t been able to secure an interview, but it is achievable!
If you focus your CV on what you can bring to the new team and move away from just reporting what you have done – you will stand a much better chance.