Social Worker Cover Letter Sample 1:
I am interested in applying for the Social Worker position that you are currently looking to fill. I possess a Master’s Degree in Social Work from an Accredited School of Social Work and am licensed in the State of Michigan at clinical and macro levels. In addition I hold a Hospital and Health Systems Accreditation in Case Management as well as being certified as a senior advisor. I have worked within a variety of settings with diverse individuals providing me with numerous and valuable experiences. My career has given me the ability to independently conduct assessments and provide help to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds.
My ability to utilize community resources and provide education to those in need is essential for a Social Worker. Thinking outside the box in order to meet any unique needs that may come up unexpectedly requires an immediate reassessment and prompt action to execute. Being able to think fast on your feet is part of the advance skills that I bring to the table.
My advanced assessment and treatment skills help prepare families with a wide range of social, emotional, and health related problems. I have collaborated with health care professionals such as doctors, nurses, case managers and spiritual care. I have evaluated the social and emotional needs of families to determine the types of social work services needed.
My career has allowed me to complete a range of advanced social work methods with families, individuals and groups demonstrating my mature skills in casework with even the most difficult clients and their families. I am also proficient collaborating with the relevant interdisciplinary teams, committees, and utilizing community resources to most appropriately meet the needs of the clientele.
While my resume and credentials attest to my professional qualifications, I have many additional personal experiences that support my knowledge and sensitivity. I offer commitment, excitement, organization, passion and professionalism: qualities that are necessary for providing leadership and promoting a positive work environment and client relationship.
After you have had a chance to review my employment history and responsibilities, I would welcome the opportunity to discuss further the positions for which you are willing to hire.
Social Worker Cover Letter Sample 2:
I am writing to apply for the Social Worker, MSW position in Pediatrics. I became aware of the position through an academic advisor who was aware of my interest in pediatric social work. I recently earned my Master of Social Work at the Benedict School of Social Work at New York University in March of this year. I am currently in the process of becoming a licensed Master of Social Work in both New York and New Jersey.
I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents in foster care and school settings. I worked as a social work intern and an associate social worker at the Beacon Child Care Center in New York City last year. I held a case load of 6-7 children as an intern and 30 children as an associate social worker along with a MSW case planner. Together, we performed school visits, court hearings, home visits to both foster and biological families and supervised family and sibling visits. I also performed individual supportive counseling sessions with foster and biological families and foster children.
In addition to my work with children, I also have experience working in an adult impatient hematology and oncology unit at New York University’s Langone Medical Center as an intern this past year. I performed psychosocial assessments, held family meetings, provided supportive and therapeutic counseling sessions with family and patients. I used cognitive behavioral and crisis intervention techniques when counseling my patients. I also created discharge plans for patients and worked closely and maintained communication with the hospital’s medical team.
During my advanced concentration year at New York University, I became involved with the Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End of Life Care as a fellow. I am very passionate about palliative care with regards to children and pediatrics. As an intern at NYU Langone Medical Center, I provided end of life and bereavement counseling with patients and families. I also became familiar with hospice and palliative care facilities and programs throughout New York and New Jersey so I could educate and create discharge plans for my patients upon their discharge from the unit.
Along with my clinical skills, I believe my training and experience have provided me with the knowledge to become a part of your social work department with your pediatrics team. Thank you very much for your time and consideration for the position. I hope to hear from you. I can be reached directly at either my email address or phone number included.
Social Worker Cover Letter Sample 3:
My name is Mary Kendricks and I am interested in the social work position within your company. I think this position would be a perfect fit as it will allow me to utilize my education and social work experience; as well as my passion for promoting the well-being of children and their families.
My most recent experience includes medical social work at Rising Hope Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. As both a practicum student and now an employee, I have worked on the pediatric, maternal infant, pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care units, as well as the emergency room and trauma unit. I have excelled in this culturally diverse, multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment and have witnessed firsthand the impact policies and the current status of the economy affect children and families access to both preventative and routine social services and healthcare.
Prior to this experience in Las Vegas, I have provided school social work services at both Monroe Elementary School and West Heights Elementary School. At these schools I conducted assessments and provided counseling services to at-risk youth and their families. Additionally, I have dedicated my previous work and volunteer experiences to children and families battling chronic illnesses and adults near the end of their lives, which has allowed me to develop distinguishing characteristics that I can bring to your organization. I am committed to working with underserved and diverse families during times of crisis.
Enclosed please find my resume for review. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to meeting with you personally.
If you’re applying for a role in social work, you need to make a good first impression. Being a social worker is hard work, but also extremely worthwhile. So, what can you do to make sure your application is a certainty for the short list?
If you need some inspiration on what to include in your CV and cover letter, check out our handy examples. (Just remember not to copy them as exact templates.)
Cover letter example:
Dear Ms Name,
As a fully qualified [child/adult] social worker with [number] years experience, I feel I would be well-suited for the role of [job title] at [name of council or organisation]. Please find my CV attached.
The nature of my experience includes successfully managing a demanding caseload, which includes [elderly people/young children/people who have learning disabilities /mental health issues]. I have a [person-centred] approach to my work, which involves calmly and practically responding to service users to achieve the best outcomes. I am also experienced in coordinating care with other agencies, such as primary care practices and psychological services.
In addition, I have a particular interest in [...]. This stimulated me to lead a community project on [...]. As part of this, I had to liaise with [...] meaning that I have developed skills in [...]. I faced some challenges along the way, such as [...] and overcame them by [...]. The impact of the project overall was measured by/ has been evidenced in [...].
As shown by my experience in [social work/social work placements], I am enthusiastic about establishing what is best for the individual and always strive to do the best for service users. I am able to successfully manage a demanding caseload. I also have the enthusiasm and determination to ensure that I make a success of this role.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this application and I look forward to hearing from you in future.
CV and cover letter tips:
“The most important thing about your CV and cover letter is that everything you include is relevant,” says Craig Davis, head of social work for Sanctuary. “Don’t start going off on a tangent, or waffling – every part has to be tailored to the role you’re applying for.”
Tom Hawkins, director of Hays Social Care, adds that you should keep your cover letter short. “Don’t over-elaborate, and don’t repeat what’s on your CV. The key things you need to include are: the reason you’re applying, the reason you want to move on from your current employment, and the things that you have in your armoury that make you suitable for the job.”
As social work is a vocational profession, it’s also important that you evidence enthusiasm for the job. “Don’t be scared to sound passionate about what you do – why you do it and why you enjoy it,” he adds.
In your CV it’s also worth including any information that the hiring manager might need as a “tick box” exercise in the application process: such as whether you have an up-to-date DBS check, or registration with relevant social work bodies.
“Be as clear as you can in your writing,” says Hawkins. “So use bullet points to describe roles, rather than long and prosaic sentences. Try and start each bullet point with a verb, such as ‘created, managed, improved’ – this is a good way to focus info on what you did and the difference it made.”
As much as experience is important, it’s not the only thing hiring managers are looking for. “Some managers will look at someone who has less experience but is more enthusiastic – so be sure to get your passion for the work across in your writing,” adds Davis.
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