Social work cover letter
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As a social worker, you know the value of the ability to multitask—so should your cover letter. To be considered for top social work jobs, your cover letter must demonstrate your skills and experience, as well as your passion for your clients. For writing tips, view this sample cover letter for social work, or download the social work cover letter template in Word.
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Social work letter template
Heather Jones, Lcsw
Sometown, CA 55555 | (555) 555-5555 | email@example.com
August 10, 2017
Dr. Regina Hall
Director of Social Work Services
55 West St.
Sometown, CA 55555
Re: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Ref. #12345, Advertised on Monster
Dear Dr. Hall:
ABC Organization has earned a reputation for delivering on its mission to provide innovative clinical programming and unsurpassed patient care. I share this mission, and would welcome the chance to discuss ways I can contribute to the continued success of your social work program.
As a dedicated LCSW, my background includes 15 years as a residential counselor, homeless shelter social worker, clubhouse assistant director and crisis and family services specialist. Repeatedly recognized for excellence in leading program development, service implementation and supportive counseling, I have served populations presenting a range of neurological and psychological disorders as well as emotional, behavioral, substance abuse and developmental challenges.
In all experiences, I used a strengths-based approach in treatment planning and focused on providing optimal psychosocial care. Career highlights include:
- Working with DEF Hospital’s social services director to implement Together for Success program serving psychiatrically diagnosed adults who are experiencing a crisis. The program has helped 100+ patients, diverting them from hospitalization and reintegrating them into the community.
- Contributing vision and direction to GHI House’s clubhouse model that helped a newly opened program in Sometown County attain and maintain Clubhouse International accreditation.
- Increasing residential placements 64% by developing partnerships with area landlords to gain their support and agree to provide rental housing for homeless tenants.
After earning an MSW from Sometown University, I recently returned to pursue a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree with a concentration in mental health. I am an LCSW in the State of California.
My experience providing guidance, assessment and treatment for diverse patient populations combined with an ability to manage programs and build alliances would be valuable to your social work program. Please call me at (555) 555-5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting. Thank you.
Heather Jones, LCSW
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Social Services Cover Letter
The social services field covers a number of jobs in the helping professions. Such positions include mental health counselors, social workers, rehabilitation counselors, substance abuse specialists and human service assistants, among others. What all of these jobs have in common is the core mission of improving the lives of others and society as a whole.
Job duties may include providing one to one psychological counseling, counseling groups such as families or other cohorts, matching community resources with those in need or working to teach and improve the lives of specific populations like incarcerated youth or those dealing with substance abuse.
Education & Training
The educational requirements for social services careers vary, depending on the job desired. With a high school education only, workers can be employed as social and human service assistants who assist social workers and other advanced professionals and help clients locate resources in their communities.
Some entry-level substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors may be hired with a high school diploma or equivalent, but often a higher education degree is necessary. Social workers, probation and corrections officers, as well as community health workers must all have a Bachelor’s degree upon hire.
Master’s level education or above is necessary in order to work as a mental health counselor, marriage therapist, rehabilitation counselor, school or career counselor. Degrees may be in psychology, social work or other counseling related area.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for community and social services occupations in 2011 was 43,830 dollars. Again, wage varies by job. Higher-paid positions include educational, guidance and vocational counselors at 56,540 dollars, while lower end social services jobs such as social and human services assistants received mean wages of 30,710 dollars. If a career in social services is your desired goal, see our sample social services cover letters below for examples of exemplary cover letters that get the job.