Employers review many physical therapy resumes when there is a job opening they are looking to fill.
If the position you are interested in tends to have more competition, you want to make sure your resume stands out.
Below we have provided a few tips to follow for creating or updating your resume. Important skills every professional needs to know to succeed.
1. Bullet Points
Bullet points can add visibility to short sentences and key points in your resume. These sentences should highlight what you have to offer to the employer.
Though we would like to believe our resumes get the full, undivided attention our hard work deserves, it is not realistic thinking. Bullet point sentences make your resume easier for the employer to scan while putting the most important information up front.
2. Emphasize Strengths
It helps to highlight or emphasize any specific strengths you might have related to the job you are applying for.
Strategically place your most important strengths near the top where they are sure to be viewed. This will help to sell yourself to employers and interest them in reading more in depth about you.
3. Smart Formatting
There are some guidelines for formatting resumes. Make sure the font size is not any smaller than 10 point and that the font you choose is simple and easy to read.
Times new roman, standard serif, or Arial fonts work best when putting your resume together.
Your resume should also only be 1-2 pages long. Many employers would prefer 1 page, however if you have 2 pages make sure you have enough information to warrant a second page.
Also, make sure you direct the reader to the next page by placing the word "continue" at the bottom of the first page.
Review, review, and review your resume again! Make sure your resume is free of typos and grammar errors, both which make a bad first impression to future employers.
After you have finished putting your physical therapy resume together, put it away for a day or two. If you step away from it for a little bit, you will approach proofreading with a fresh set of eyes.
It will increase your chances of catching mistakes you might not have otherwise noticed.
Make sure you read your writing out loud. It's amazing the mistakes you catch when you read it aloud versus in your head.
5. Customize Your Cover Letter
The cover letter is your chance to introduce yourself to your employer. Shifting to a personalized cover letter gives each employer a chance to get to know you prior to reading over your resume. A well written cover letter will help you stand out from the general cover letters sent in with most resumes, and intrigue a reader to want to review your resume more closely.
With all the advice on the net you may still need a little help polishing your resume. You may also find it helpful to get an outside opinion on your resume.
This can be as simple as having someone you know read it over, or you could submit it to a resume review service to get a professional opinion.
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