If your training and background are based in social work, you probably have top-notch interpersonal skills, but you can't use them to sell yourself – yet. First, you have to get your foot in the door. You have to snag an interview. And to do that, you need a great resume.
There's no getting around it. The whole concept of a resume is intimidating. You're forced to rely on a dry document to do what you could much more easily do in person. Here are some tips to ramp that document up a little, and a sample you can use as a template to write your own.
Tips for a Resume That Packs a Punch
You'll notice right off the bat that there's no "objective" paragraph in the sample below. That's because Juliet Martin has lots of tried-and-true experience that speaks for itself. Unless you're straight out of school and the ink still damp on your diploma, your objective is obviously to use that experience. You want that internship – you wouldn't be submitting your resume otherwise. So don't waste your reader's time with the obvious. Cut to the chase.
List your accomplishments and your experience – but not necessarily every accomplishment and all your experience. Again, you want to cut to the chase. If a job or award has absolutely nothing to do with the position you seek, it's OK to leave it out. This leaves you more room to highlight what you did for each employer you do list, or why you were tapped for a certain award or accolade.
This resume doesn't list awards or other citations of recognition, but you can insert them before "Extracurricular Activities" if you have any that are pertinent to the position you seek. Or, if they're noteworthy, start right out with them before you list your education. If nothing else, you'll get your reader's attention.
Sample Internship Social Work Resume
This is an example of a resume for internship social work. Download the internship social work resume template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.
Sample Internship Social Work Resume (Text Only)
123 Elk Ave. • New York, NY 10032 • (123) 456-7890 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Emerging professional with broad experiences looking to begin a career in social work.
· Experience in a variety of settings with clients from a wide range of backgrounds.
· Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
· Fluent in written and spoken Spanish.
FAMILY COURT PROJECT, New York, N.Y.
Assistant, Summer 2018
Assisted Dr. Miriam Alkon with family assessments and therapy sessions.
AMERICAN HEART RESEARCH INSTITUTE, New York, N.Y.
Program Assistant, Fall 2017
Researched potential sponsors to request donations, sent grant requests to sponsors, and maintained a database of donations.
ABC EYE CARE PROGRAM, New York, N.Y.
Assistant, Summer 2017
Scheduled appointments, organized files, and provided other administrative support.
SENATOR JOHN SMITH CAMPAIGN, Middlebury, Vt.
Volunteer, Fall 2016
Made phone calls and helped register voters.
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (2018); GPA 3.45
Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Jackson Secondary School, New York, N.Y.