A new website launched by the UNC School of Social Work is helping promote its doctoral candidates entering the job market.
The site features each candidate’s biography, CV (academic résumé), and contact information. It is also searchable by categories of research interests, such as child welfare, social policy or global issues.
Having a tangible product to market our doctoral students to potential employers is something that Sheryl Zimmerman, associate dean for doctoral education, felt would be beneficial to the students as well as the program. “When reviewing the site, you’ll quickly recognize that our students truly are stellar,” she said.
Zimmerman and Dean Jack Richman plan to email a site link to their contacts at universities nationwide and suggest that if their school has an opening that would be a good fit, or if they know of an opportunity elsewhere, to contact the candidate.
Also, since each person has a profile page on the site, the student can send a link to their page to a prospective employer.
The site was created in-house by the School of Social Work’s communications department, working in conjunction with Zimmerman and the doctoral students, who provided input on the site’s features and design. It is hosted on UNC servers at no additional cost to the School.
“I think that this site is going to be really helpful in communicating our strengths and credentials to a wide audience,” said Candace Killian-Farrell, one of the students featured. “It will help us make professional connections and ultimately give us a better chance at finding a really great job match after graduation. It also doesn’t hurt the program to be able to display the diversity of talent they have recruited and developed through the UNC doctoral program.”
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