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Resume Tips


The best place to find the keywords you need to include in your resume in order to get the attention of the screening computer is in the job descriptions of your target employers.  However, there are some buzzwords associated with social work that show up repeatedly in social work job descriptions and are thus fairly likely to get the results you want.

Some of those words are: advocacy, outreach, fundraising, program development, treatment, diagnosis, counselor, and case manager.  While using some general keywords makes it easier to customize your resume for each job, you should still pull keywords from the description for every position you apply for.


The following is a list of action verbs to use in your resumes and cover letters.  Use these action verbs to write a compelling resume and land you the interview for the perfect job.

Action Verbs for Resumes (PDF) >>


The purpose of a resume is to convince an employer to interview you.  Your resume should be geared toward your audience and describe the skills, experiences, and accomplishments you bring to the workplace.  Here is a sample resume to get you started.

Sample Resume (PDF) >>


Writing a cover letter often seems like a particularly daunting task.  However, if you take it one step at a time, you will soon be an expert at writing cover letters to send with your resume.

A cover letter typically accompanies each resume you send out.  Your cover letter may make the difference between obtaining a job interview and having your resume ignored, so it makes good sense to devote the necessary time and effort to writing effective cover letters.

A cover letter should be personalized and complement, not duplicate, your resume.  Here is a sample cover letter to get you started. 

Sample Cover Letter (PDF) >>


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