Employers tend to spend less than half a minute, sometimes just a few seconds, reading a resume. So that your resume does not end up in the trash, make it clear and engaging. Highlight your strengths and make sure the format is simple, trouble-free and error-free. Use a role and sector specific language that you are applying to give the impression that you are already fit.
This will probably be the first section read by an employer. It must be interesting and interesting enough to make him want to read more. Keep it about three or four sentences. Think about the type of social worker you are and the keywords that describe you and describe your style, for example: person-centered; targeted service; or results-oriented. Use specific keywords that the employer is likely to look for, such as: project, seniors, youth, residential or addiction.
If you are newly qualified, you may prefer a competency-based resume that lists your most important abilities with examples of how you acquired them. For example: “Addiction Rehabilitation Counsel – Six-Week Internship with the Municipal Hospital Addiction Unit – May to July 2012” Even if you have no paid work experience, you can also Work history, indicate achievements relevant to the type of work you are looking for. You can also list your key areas of expertise separately under individual category headings, such as: clinic, children and families, community, administration, program planning, and so on. This helps the reader to extract the most relevant aspects of your training.
The main qualifications to be noted on your CV are higher education, such as a bachelor’s or master’s degree, and all your professional qualifications and specialized training. List the main areas of expertise you have focused on and any honors or awards. Give the school and the dates you got your qualifications. Employers will probably check your qualifications, so never be tempted to be “creative”. This will not only make you lose your job, but will call you dishonest and could make future applications more difficult.
Adding a separate section for your skills helps them stand out. Include all the skills you will likely need in your role, including administrative and computer functions, as social work tasks will involve report writing and paperwork as well as practical and technical tasks.
Use this short and optional section to add other details that the employer might find useful. You can include where you see your career, any additional skills and experiences, or how you spend your free time if it is relevant to social work. It can contain the only thing that gives the advantage to your resume.