Social Justice Changemakers: Employer Panel + Networking Event | May 4

Meet representatives from Color of Change, Vera Institute of Justice, and New York Immigration Coalition about the skills needed to tackle structural and societal inequities on the macro level, empower communities and individuals, and lead large-scale advocacy efforts.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 PM (ET)
Register HERE
Panel Guests (click here for bios):
  • Hannah Green ’18, Program Associate at Vera Institute of Justice, The Initiative to End Girls’ Incarceration
  • Samantha Phillips, Director of Talent & Recruitment at Color Of Change
  • Theresa Thanjan ’97, Senior Manager of Member Engagement at New York Immigration Coalition

Mental Health Service Corps Virtual Job Fair | Wednesday, May 26

Mental Health Service Corps (MHSC) is hosting a Virtual Job Fair on Wednesday, May 26, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM ET.

MHSC is a workforce development program of ThriveNYC operating out of NYC Health + Hospitals that aims to build a diverse generation of mental health clinicians, equipped with the skills to integrate behavioral health into a variety of settings.

Attend their fair to learn about their program and opportunities available across 5 boroughs.

Register by May 21

PDF version of virtual job fair flyer

Lead with Curiosity When Networking

The idea of networking can be anxiety-provoking for many, no matter what career stage they’re in, leading some to avoid it. Yet, it still remains the number one strategy to land opportunities and an essential component of one’s career development.

Networking is more than talking to strangers; it is a process of building relationships towards a mutual exchange of support, resources, and information. It is also a way of letting others know your skills and passions and getting noticed in the field. (You can’t get noticed if people don’t know you!)

Not sure how to get started? Then lead with your curiosity.

Perhaps you’re wondering what you can do with your degree or concentration or how others with similar backgrounds and experiences landed their roles. Or maybe you’re still exploring and want to know different opportunities you might find meaningful. Find people with direct knowledge of your interest area and start a conversation:

    • Faculty, supervisors and colleagues in field, peers, and alumni currently working in your field of interest
    • Professionals you admire regardless of their background whom you can connect with through industry events, professional associations, or virtual networking communities, such as those on LinkedIn
    • Recruiters, hiring managers, and organizational representatives hosting information sessions and related recruitment and networking activities

Don’t forget that professionals outside your immediate scope of interest can also possess valuable insights, including how to effectively transition from student to professional, advance to leadership positions, or maintain work-life balance and self-care.

Whomever you choose to reach out to, make sure to tailor your conversation to the individual and assess what specifically you hope to learn from them so you can identify your next steps.

If the idea of networking and informational interviewing still feels intimidating, remember that you don’t need to know everything to have a fruitful conversation. Asking questions like “How do I get started?” or “Where do I go from here?” are acceptable conversation starters, particularly with social work educators and alumni. The main goal is to start somewhere!

More on networking for social workers

Upcoming NYC Government Career Events Hosted by DCAS

New York City Civil Service 101
Friday, March 19, 2021 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm

To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/0319CS101

For more information contact: Shannon Foley [email protected]


CityTalk Panel Discussion: “Women in City Government”
Friday, March 26, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/0326WomenCareers

For more information contact: Raymond Cruze, Citywide Recruitment Specialist [email protected]

Job Search Tips and Resources for Students

We know this is a hectic time for everyone, whether you are strategizing your post-grad job search or looking for summer opportunities. If you’re seeking some direction, see some highlighted tips below to get you started. Additional tools and resources, including links to 50+ job search sites, are also available within Career Connect.

Graduating Students

Getting started can be the hardest part. Break down the process into smaller, achievable parts and create a timeline and action plan using organizers to track your progress. This will allow you to recognize and celebrate mini-wins that you achieve along the way, which in turn can help you stay motivated and focused.

There is foundational work that can be achieved now as part of the process, which includes 1) building a target list of organizations and opportunities you’re interested in based on your skills, interests, and goals, 2) networking to learn more about them, and 3) preparing resumes that highlight relevant skills and accomplishments. You can also register for upcoming employer events, including our MSW Job Fair on Friday, March 26, to learn more about different organizations and opportunities.

International Students

Job searching can be a multi-hurdled process for international candidates seeking to work in the US, which requires additional knowledge and action steps. Review these tips for guidance. Make sure to also attend ISSO’s workshops on Optional Practical Training (OPT) if you haven’t already, and get in touch with their advisors to learn more about legal steps for pursuing employment.

If you need more support, we welcome you to join our Job Search Support Group for International Students, which will meet bi-weekly on Wednesdays starting February 3 until March 31, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. You can choose to attend as many sessions are you want. Join us via Zoom.

Continuing Students

Summer is a great time to practice a new skill, find meaningful work, and build connections with professionals in the field. Review the career and volunteer pages of organizations of interest for the most up-to-date information on potential opportunities. Most of these organizations do not post on school job boards but may do so on sites such as Idealist. Volunteering is always a substantive way to build experience, if a feasible option.

For those who are more experienced in the field, sites like Taproot offers skills-based and pro-bono opportunities for organizations in need, and UN Online Volunteers and Columbia Global Centers offer remote opportunities with international organizations. Visit our fellowships page to find sample opportunities. Note that the pandemic may have impacted the needs and capacities of many organizations and the opportunities they are able to offer during the summer.

2021 Master’s Level Social Work Virtual Job Fair | Friday, March 26

Hosted by the Metro New York Social Work Consortium, this is an exclusive opportunity for students and graduates from Columbia School of Social Work and member schools to meet and connect with employers seeking your talent.  Register today!

Note: Please use your Columbia email when registering. It will be used to verify your eligibility to attend.

If you are an employer, please register here.

NASW-NYC Cares Virtual Social Work Job Fair | Tuesday, January 26

Shared by the NASW-NYC Chapter:

The NASW-NYC New Professionals R&R SubCommittee in partnership with the NASW-NYC CARES Initiative presents the first virtual Social Work Job Fair!

Designed specifically for social workers in NYC, this event is meant to support social workers in their job search and provide them access to numerous NYC organizations offering specifically social work positions.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST

This is a virtual NASW-NYC event.

FREE and Open to NYC social workers ONLY.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure you have an electronic version of your cover letter and CV/Resume prepared.

To register, visit https://www.naswnyc.org/page/CARESEvents