Last month, we hosted a Facebook Live chat focusing on social work opportunities at VA. Our recruiters and National VA Social Work Program Office staff were on hand to answer questions and offer advice to participants. Read on for a roundup of the top comments from the event!

Any tips as I prepare my application to help improve my chances to be hired?
Volunteering is a great option. Many positions are very competitive with lots of applicants. Visit VA Voluntary Service for more information on how you can gain experience serving Veterans.

I’m currently pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW). Can I start a career with VA?
Ask your School’s Program Director or Field Placement Coordinator if your school has a partnership with the local VA—if so, they can help you submit an application for an internship.

What key elements should be included in our cover letters/resumes in order to have my application potentially sent to the hiring manager?
Using the USAJobs Resume Builder is a good method to ensure you’ve included all required and supplemental information for your application.

Does VA only hire licensed social workers?
Yes—all social workers must be able to practice social work with an independent license.

Is VA hiring Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW)?
VA hires social workers licensed in a state. Certain positions may require advanced clinical practice license. Reviewing the job announcement will assist in identifying the level of social work licensure required to meet the requirements of a position.

If you’re interested in a social work career with VA, don’t give up—keep applying! All open positions are posted to VA Careers—apply today for a uniquely satisfying career serving America’s Veterans.

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