The operative word in the domestic violence advocate resume or cover letter is almost always skills.
It is this part of your professional existence that a hiring manager wants to know the most. If you are a skilled person, you are most likely hire-worthy.
The trouble with most resumes and cover letters is that they do not efficiently highlight a candidate’s skills and abilities. Since these two areas are what hiring managers look into most, it is pertinent to place them in both these documents.
How do skills help?
There is just one simple and straight answer to this. Skills are everything. If a hiring manager knows that he or she is hiring a skilled individual, he will be relieved that not much time or resources will be spent on training the person. For him or her, you will be a cooked dish, ready to serve! Charting out your skills is a tricky job but not an impossible one.
The first thing that you need to do is see what skills you possess. Once you have a list of skills that are pertinent to the job for which you are applying, you can quickly match them with what the hiring manager is looking for – in a resume or a cover letter.
Here is how skills statements can be created:
• Track record of effectively drawing out reluctant victims, and convincing them to stand up for their rights.
• Highly experienced in creating and maintaining records of victims and their cases, in an accurate, updated and confidential manner.
• Deep insight into providing information to clients regarding their rights and the resources available to help them with their plights.
• Effectively able to provide advocacy services and support to victims of relationship violence, stalking and sexual assault or abuse
• Hands-on experience in crises line, office, and house coverage, and assessing immediate crises needs of clients.
• Talented in managing incoming calls and walk-in clients, in a patient and appropriate manner.
• Qualified to educate clients about the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, and options and services available.
• Highly skilled in working with clients and community services to create and implement relevant and meaningful assistance programs.
• Competent at conducting potential shelter client assessments and intakes, and orient clients to shelter and house rules.
• Able to oversee house security and document shelter happenings and clients’ activities as part of recording services.
• Proven ability to providing counseling to victims, including one on one therapy sessions and group therapies.