Social Work Major Skills

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Here's a list of the skills that employers seek when hiring Social Work majors. Skills vary by job, so also review these skills lists for a variety of different occupations.

Highlight the skills you acquired during your studies, internships and jobs held during college in your cover letters, resume and job applications.

Social Work Major Skills

A - C

  • Active Listening
  • Adaptability
  • Advising
  • Advocating for Clients
  • Analytical
  • Analyzing Patterns of Addiction
  • Analyzing Public and Social Policies
  • Applying Research Findings to Social Work Practices
  • Assessing Family and Social Factors Impacting Clients
  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Interventions
  • Calming Agitated Clients
  • Caring
  • Case Management
  • Collaboration
  • Communicating Across Culture
  • Conducting Research
  • Consulting with Other Professionals
  • Continual Learning
  • Counseling
  • Critical Thinking
  • Customizing Treatment Plans for Addicts

D - I

  • Developing a Personal Approach to Casework and Counseling
  • Devising Case Plans
  • Documenting Case Notes
  • Emotional Resilience
  • Establishing Boundaries With Clients
  • Establishing Rapport
  • Evaluating Different Modalities for Casework 
  • Evaluating the Validity of Research Studies
  • Group Counseling
  • Inspiring Trust
  • Instructing
  • Interacting Effectively with Diverse Clientele
  • Interpersonal
  • Interviewing

J - P

  • Maintaining Confidentiality
  • Making Ethical Decisions
  • Making Referrals to Other Service Providers
  • Microsoft Word
  • Motivating Families to Change Negative Behaviors 
  • Note Taking
  • Organizational
  • Paraphrasing
  • Patience
  • Positive Attitude
  • PowerPoint
  • Presentation
  • Presenting Case Studies
  • Prioritizing
  • Problem Solving
  • Providing Constructive Criticism

Q - Z

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Receiving Constructive Criticism
  • Respecting the Autonomy of Clients
  • Role Playing
  • Self Evaluation
  • Striving to Institute Social Policies which Benefit Their Clientele 
  • Tapping Community Resources to Impact Problems
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management 
  • Verbal
  • Writing Essays
  • Writing Research Papers

More Lists of Skills
Here’s a list of skills employers are looking for, including soft skills, general skills, and hard skills for a variety of different jobs.

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