young either fresh out of college looking to establish a new career or

Young either fresh out of college looking to

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young, either fresh out of college, looking to establish a new career, or relocating to a new area. The newspaper want-ads are not an effective recruitment source for most of today’s applicants. Placing vacancy announcements online is more effective and economical than using most traditional forms of advertising. Ihiresocialservices.com (job site specializing in human services jobs (specializes in human services jobs l to the National Association of Social Workers website) – National Association of Black Social Workers Campus Recruiting and Job Fairs Need to improve overall applicant pool Both professional and paraprofessional applicants can be effectively recruited at job fairs sponsored by state workforce development agencies. College recruiting can be a very effective method for attracting applicants for professional jobs. Send team of HR representative with an experienced social worker frontline supervisor to fairs – provides an opportunity for job seekers ask both job specific and hiring process/benefits questions. Send an “ambassador” from the agency to classrooms of social wor majors to “guest lecture” or provide an agency overview. Schedule experienced employees or supervisors to speak on a “hot in the human services field at a brown bag luncheon at a local colle university. University Partner- ships Not enough applicants with specialized social work degrees Developing a variety of recruitment strategies with area universities, community colleges and Schools of Social Work to encourage students to pursue careers in the human services. Collaborate with university deans and professors to help generate s interest in the field. Develop stipend program partially covering college tuition and other expenses of college students who agree to work for the human serv agency for specified periods of time. (See an example by the Kentu Cabinet for Families and Children and ten university social work pro Targeted Recruit-ment Lack of diversity in targeted job/s You may need a more diverse workforce that better reflects the client population you serve. For example, you may need to recruit employees with specific language skills, or with specialized degrees (e.g., MSWs or Criminal Justice). Target community job fairs to increase diversity among new recruits. See example by the El Paso County, Colorado, Department of Human Servic who created a Diversity Coalition to recruit and retain minority staff. (see Internships Need to improve overall applicant pool Interns sometimes are paid a stipend, but in most instances interns are fulfilling an academic requirement of the college or university. Although supervisors and/or casework staff must spend time supervising and training interns, the potential payoff is having a “known” applicant who is familiar with agency operations.
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