Cover letter for a social worker (5 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for a social worker.”

Examples of social worker cover letters

When applying for a social worker position, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position with you further.”

Sample 1: “Social worker cover letter”

“John Employer

Social Work Manager

City and County of San Francisco

1 Main Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94104

Dear John,

Once I discovered there was an opportunity to give back to the community as a Social Worker with the City of San Francisco, I didn’t think twice about writing to you. Having 4+ years of experience as a case worker at Mindful, a mental health charity, I have acquired the skill set necessary to help the vulnerable people of the city I grew up in. 

You describe searching for a Social Worker experienced in assessing social service needs and working cases independently, which I excel in. As a case worker at Mindful, I have comprehensively worked over 100 cases a year, from intake interviews all the way to monitoring treatment outcomes. From my first year as a social worker to the fifth, I was able to increase the treatment completion rate from 72% to 88%, and the patient satisfaction from 65% to 85%. I specialized in addiction and abuse cases, often investigating with family members and other parties to build the complete picture and an effective treatment plan. This taught me invaluable discretion and adaptation skills necessary to pry sensitive information out and use it to benefit the person being treated. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Board of Behavioural Sciences, having graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Missouri with a 3.9 GPA. I have the transferable skills that make an effective social worker, in abundance.

I would be not only excited, but honored, and obliged, to work as a social worker for the City of Francisco, and help people the same way a San Francisco social worker helped me and my mother escape an abusive household over two decades ago. I have never forgotten the kindness and security that I received from that woman, and once old enough to make my own decisions, I have decided to follow in her footsteps.

When could we meet to discuss how I can improve client outcomes and satisfaction for the City of San Francisco?

Best Regards,

Heather K. Murphy


Sample 2: “Social worker cover letter”

“[Today’s Date]

[Hiring Manager’s Name]

[Company Address]

[City, State, Zip Code]

[Telephone No.]

[Hiring Manager’s Email]

Dear [Mr./Mrs./Ms.] [Hiring Manager’s Name],

I’m excited to apply for your newly announced social worker position as advertised on [Website Name]. Combining 8 years of experience with a master’s degree in social work, I’m confident I would be an ideal candidate for this job opening.

Throughout my career, I’ve demonstrated an ability to provide superb emotional support and guidance to children, adolescents, and victims of domestic violence. Presently, I provide consultation, assessment, and treatment planning for children with complex psychological needs.

I’ve accumulated valuable hands-on experience in many facets of social work as demonstrated by the following accomplishments:

Orchestrated more than 200 crisis interventions, achieving a 94% success rate over a period of 4 years

Recipient of the 2017 Future of Social Work Award from the NASW Pennsylvania Chapter

Currently managing an average caseload of 47 patients per month, with 42 making significant improvement during the last 3 months

My credentials, track record, and volunteer experience all show my unwavering dedication to social work. I truly love helping people overcome seemingly insurmountable predicaments, and it would be my honor to continue doing so as a member of your team.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my candidacy. I look forward to meeting you and discussing how I can contribute to [Company Name]’s vision in providing world-class psychological support services to teens nationwide. You may contact me at 895 555-555 or to arrange an interview.


[Your Name]”

Sample 3: “Social worker cover letter”

“Dear Ms. Williams:

When I learned of your need for a Social Worker, I hastened to submit my resume for your review. My experience coordinating and supporting various social work programs gives me confidence in my ability to significantly benefit your agency.

From providing transitional advice to at-need individuals and families to developing and establishing various programs, my background has prepared me to excel in this role. My ability to connect with patients and establish trusting relationships, along with my strong communication and leadership capabilities, position me to thrive in this position.

Consider the following highlights of my qualifications:

Providing vital support to at-risk clients, assessing needs, developing treatment plans, counseling on significant transitions, coordinating with ancillary treatment providers, and completing required case documentation.

Offering on-call 24/7 crisis intervention services, interacting with individuals from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Coordinating illness-related support groups—including those for cancer, early dementia, and diabetic patients’to encourage open communication and support.

Utilizing superior organizational and interpersonal abilities to provide solutions and support in difficult and stressful situations.

Possessing a Master’s degree in Psychology and Social Work from Nottingham State College; professional training in Managing and Adapting Therapy (MAP), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), suicide prevention, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS education.

With my dynamic experience in social work and my dedication to providing critical assistance to individuals in need, I believe I could swiftly surpass your expectations for this role. The opportunity to discuss the position in further detail would be most welcome.

Thank you for your consideration.


Henrietta B. Griffon”

Sample 4: “Social worker cover letter”

“Date: 21/10/2021

[First Name] [Second Name]


Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for taking the time to consider my application for the Senior Children’s Social Worker role at [xx]. I’m a dedicated individual with over ten years of experience working in the field, and I feel it is time to take my career to the next level.

I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you more about why I believe I would be a suitable candidate for this position.

In my previous position as a Children’s Social Worker, I have spent ten years shaping how young people are treated when they enter the childcare system. I have played a significant role in cases where circumstances were particularly challenging. I approached each case with care, compassion and strived for efficient and effective support for children. This included working many nights and weekend’s to ensure that children’s safety was my utmost priority.

In my previous performance reviews, my commitment to business development and upholding standards of practise has been commended, and it is a value that I am keen to take to my next role.

I believe I would be an asset to [xx] as your company values align heavily with my own. I am driven, committed and guided by empathy and compassion with an unrelenting desire to transform young people’s lives. I have done this previously by going the extra mile and organising child-friendly activities as part of my support package to ease children’s worries from an unstable home or unfortunate circumstance at school.

If I were to be offered a position at [xx], I would make sure that employees embody the values of the business, with frequent reviews on how we can improve our service. I believe in always striving for improvement, making me a strong candidate for a senior position.

I appreciate the time taken to consider my application for Senior Children’s Social Worker at [xx], and I look forward to hearing more about the role from you in the future.


Jacob Adams”

Sample 5: “Social worker cover letter”

“John Employer

Social Work Manager

Des Plaines Department of Community Services

1 Main Avenue

Des Plaines, IL 60016

Dear John,

I was excited to discover the opportunity to become a social worker in Des Plaines. As a 4.0 GPA graduate of the Social Work Master’s program at the University of Chicago, with over 200 hours in an in-field practical placement at the Chicago Department of Health, I have the necessary foundation to learn from you and your colleagues on how to best impact the Des Plaines community for the better.

During my studies at the University of Chicago, I have chosen the college modules that focus on working with vulnerable children, such as Child Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Crisis Management, as it was always my intention to help those who are in crisis during the most important, formative period of their life. During my faculty-guided placement at the Department of Health, I have been able to contribute to over 15 cases, from completing assessments, investigations, and even provided testimony during one judicial hearing. I am well versed in every stage of the casework, and eager to learn more by working real cases in your community.

Paradoxically, we often confide the most in complete strangers — this is a well-known psychological fact. Working as a social worker in Des Plaines would not only be an opportunity for me to learn and grow, but also a benefit to the people of Des Plaines — I come from close enough to understand how these people think and live, but also from far enough to be a complete stranger that people are willing to confide in.

Can we schedule a call to discuss how my skills would best be applied to help the young and vulnerable of Des Plaines?

Best Regards,

Ronald S. Moore


Frequently Asked Questions: Examples of social worker cover letters

How do I write a cover letter for social services?

  • Address the cover letter to human resources or the hiring manager. 
  • Specify which position you’re applying to.
  • Highlight your relevant skills, experience, and other qualifications.
  • Express your interest in the position and thank the employer for their time.

What 3 main points should be included in your cover letter?

Important things to include in a cover letter

  • Show enthusiasm
  • Show you’ve done the research
  • Show you want to come in there and make a contribution,”

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