A social work resume has some unique features specific to the field. For basic guidelines, refer to the general resume section.
1 page but no more than 2 pages.
Place at the beginning of your resume. It serves as a quick snapshot, and should be only 2-3 key points. Anything longer, and the reader could lose interest.
- Clinical social work with individuals dual diagnosed with mental illness and alcohol/drug addiction.
- Create, facilitate, and lead group therapy sessions.
- Macro social worker with an emphasis in program development and research methodology. Focus on children, adolescents, and families.
Describing Your Experience
Use Action Verb phrases, Not Complete Sentences(See below for the list of social work related skills ). Omit personal pronouns and, “a,”, “an,” and “the” to achieve a concise style that will be easier and faster for employers to read.
Use Keywords and Details Appropriate to Your AudienceFor Clinical Positions – emphasize your clinical skills.
For Macro-Level PositionsStress your experience in:
- Include details about your client population such as diagnoses or presenting issues, age (children vs. adults vs. older adults), ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
- Other details may include the number of clients seen individually or in groups, and the length of the type of treatment.
Include details such as the number of people you’ve supervised or amount of money raised.
- supervising others
- program development
- community organizing
- grant writing
- budget management.
Know When It's Appropriate to Edit
- For less relevant experience, list it towards the end of your resume.
- In some cases, you can condense or even omit it.
- Consult a career counselor for more direction
Social-Work Related SkillsBudgeting
Clinical Work with:
Individuals/Groups Families Couples Children/Teens Homeless Populations Aging Populations Ethnic Populations Victims of Domestic Violence Abused and Neglected Children Incarcerated Individuals Clients with Eating Disorders Clients with Development Disabilities Clients with Mental Disorders Cognitive Mapping Collaboration Community Organizing/Support Building Conducting Connecting Coordinating Counseling Court Reporting Crisis Intervention Diagnosis Discharge Planning Documenting Educating Evaluating Facilitating (workshops) Follow Up Fundraising Goal Setting Grant Writing Home visits Hospital Social Work Implementing Initiating Projects Interagency Liaison Job Designing Leading Others Listening (active) Lobbying Managing Marketing Mediating Mirroring Modeling Motivating Negotiating Neighborhood Development Persuading Personnel Recruitment and Selection Play Therapy Policy Development Presenting Program Design/Development/Management Public Relations Public Speaking Recruiting Referrals Reframing Reinforcing Research Reviewing School Social Work Supervising Structuring Summarizing Teaching Training Treatment Plans (Development of) Visual Imagery Writing