Social Worker Cover Letter Example

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Do you need to write a cover letter for a social worker position? Review information on what to include in your letter, along with an example of a cover letter you can edit to fit your own employment history and skills.

Tips for What to Include

Expanding on previous work experiences in your cover letter is a great way to provide a narrative on how you would be an asset to the job and organization. Make sure to also include certifications you've received or related workshops you've attended.

Be sure to highlight your most relevant experience and skills. That way the employer can see at a glance why you are a good match for the position.

The following is a sample cover letter to use when applying for a job as a social worker. Remember to adjust the details to fit your situation and the position you are applying for.

Social Worker Cover Letter Example

Date
Name
Title
Organization
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name,

Please accept my enthusiastic application for the school social worker position at XYZ High School, listed on Mondyrt. I have extensive experience working with diverse populations of adolescents, both inside and outside of the classroom, and I believe I would be an ideal fit for your innovative school.

My two social work internships have given me extensive and varied experiences as a social worker in an educational setting. At XYZ Charter High School, I provided both individual and group psychotherapy to a socioeconomically diverse population of teenagers.

At my internship at XYZ Elementary School, I led group play therapy activities for students with a variety of behavioral disorders. My experience in individual and group therapy will allow me to successfully act as both an individual and group counselor at XYZ High School.

You state that you want a social worker who will be able to serve as a leader for your summer outdoor program.

As a former camp counselor with extensive experience leading hiking, biking, and camping trips, I know I would be an ideal leader in your program. Having served as a leader for a counselor-in-training program, I know what kinds of outdoor activities help build both self-confidence and teamwork in students.

I am confident that my experience and skills will make me a valuable member of the XYZ High School social work team.

I have enclosed my resume and will call within the week to see if we might arrange a time to speak together. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email

Emailing Your Cover Letter and Resume

When applying for jobs using email, include your name and the job title in the subject line. Here's an example of a subject line to use when sending your cover letter by email: 

Subject: School Social Worker Position - Your Name

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