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Sample: Cover Letter Based on a Referral
Michael Ram, MSW, LCSW, C-ACYFSW

525 Tops Road
Chicago, IL 50221

March 8, 2009

Ahmad Abu-Taa, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Social Work Department
St. Mary’s Treatment Center
854 Bell Road
Dallas, Texas  66524

Dear Mr. Abu-Taa:

Suzanne Patel, Director of the Family Center in Chicago, suggested that I contact you regarding your opening for a social worker in day treatment. I am currently working at the Family Center where Ms. Patel is my supervisor, but in May, I will be returning to Dallas where I used to live. I’m looking for opportunities to work with at-risk youth and families and would like to be considered for the position.

In addition to holding an MSW degree, I have training and experience in day treatment, pediatric social work, and women’s and children’s services. At the day treatment program for the Family Center in Chicago, I have spent the past five years working in a culturally diverse setting, handling assessments, participating in treatment delivery, and providing therapy for at-risk youth and their families. Prior to this, I was Volunteer Service and Children’s Program Coordinator for the Women’s Shelter in Dallas

Ms. Patel highly recommended the Day Treatment Center and said she believes my skills and background make me an excellent fit for the organization. It is also my understanding that your staff has initiated several programs that are considered models for working with culturally diverse populations. I am committed to working with culturally and underserved populations and welcome the opportunity to do so at St. Mary’s Treatment Center.

Enclosed is my résumé for your review. I will call your office within the next week to schedule an interview. If you prefer to contact me, I can be reached at 863-767-2498 or by email at Thank you for your consideration.


Michael Ram, MSW, LCSW, C-ACYFSW

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