Sample resume for a social worker

Express your advocacy for and commitment to your clients on your resume. Review this sample to learn how.

Sample resume for a social worker

Sample Resume for a Social Worker

Social workers are necessary for the health and well being of people and communities across the country. To position yourself for the best social worker jobs, express your advocacy for and commitment to your clients on your resume. View the sample resume for a social worker below, and download the social worker resume template in Word. 

Jobs for social workers are projected to grow by 16% (or 109,700 jobs) from 2016 through 2026, which is much faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). You'll find the highest level of employment for child, family, and school social workers in the following states: CaliforniaNew YorkPennsylvaniaTexas, and Michigan; and in the following metropolitan areas: New York CityLos AngelesChicago, Washington D.C., and Boston

As a social worker, you can expect to earn a median wage of $47,980 per year, or $23.07 per hour, according to the BLS.

Additionally, you can learn about how to become a social worker or read through a list of common social worker interview questions and answers to help you make the best first impression to potential employers.


Social Worker Resume Template


Pamela Smith, MSW
Sometown, CA 11111 • (555) 555-5555 • • LinkedIn URL

Qualifications Summary

  • Dedicated social worker and program coordinator with a strong commitment to serving disadvantaged youth and adults, including homeless, emancipated youth and special-needs populations.
  • Documented success overcoming challenges of limited resources and financial constraints to design high-quality, cost-effective and comprehensive service offerings.
  • Skilled at building community support, key coalitions and strategic interagency partnerships. Backed by strengths in program, personnel and case management.

Professional Experience

Service Coordinator / Lead Case Manager / Case Manager, 8/2010 to Present
ABC Program, San Diego, CA

Progressed through a series of promotions, culminating in responsibility for the coordination of five transitional housing programs. Supervise 12 social workers, case managers, group facilitators and direct-care staff. Develop and maintain community alliances with state agencies, police departments and youth-service programs.

  • Achieved 92 percent client enrollment in college and job-training programs—12 percent above goal.
  • Provided visible, caring client service that resulted in 100 percent of assigned clients remaining eligible for housing during tenure (zero evictions).
  • Led turnaround of emancipated youth program from a 62 percent to a 10 percent monthly turnover rate. Motivated participants to earn high school diplomas/GEDs, enroll in college or secure employment.
  • Developed proposal and delivered presentation that won $100,000 grant to renovate one of the agency’s Single Room Occupancy (SRO) facilities.
  • Acquired license that allowed agency to provide housing to emancipated youth with children. Retrofitted facility with childproof safety features and launched child-care program.

Social Worker, 5/2005 to 8/2010
XYZ Agency, Sometown, CA

Served on interdisciplinary team providing case management for consumers housed in three community group homes. Developed weekly programs and maintained documentation to fulfill funding-source requirements.

  • Designed and implemented innovative programs benefiting consumers (ages 21 to 75) and enhancing their social skills and self-esteem.
  • Launched an ongoing event agenda that included Circles Program, holiday celebrations, current events discussion groups, voting trips and community excursions.
  • Facilitated supportive services and counseling for family members to address special concerns and ease the transition during holiday home visits.


  • Action Organization (provides therapy to children with autism), Behavior Therapy & Learning Center Intern
  • DEF Shelter Inc. (homeless shelter), Case Manager


ABC University, Sometown, CA • Master of Social Work (MSW)
DEF College, Sometown, CA • BA in Psychology


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