Resume Tips for GSS Students

Learn helpful resume writing tips and review resume and cover letter samples to better prepare you for your job search.

Social Work Keywords

Carefully reviewing the job description is the best way to determine the keywords to include in your resume that will capture the attention of the screening person or program. 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.

Action Verbs for Resumes

Review this list of action verbs to write a compelling resume and land you the interview for the perfect job.


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. Consult this sample resume to get started.

Cover Letter

A cover letter typically accompanies each resume you send out and should be personalized and complement – not duplicate – your resume. 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. Consult this sample cover letter to get started.