5 Clever Ideas to Spruce up Your Resume for a Therapist Job


It is one thing to brainstorm the perfect therapist job position. But even the most confident and extroverted candidate often stalls out when trying to sell themselves on paper. After all, this is what a resume is designed to do – sell the employer on you as the right fit for the therapist job!

In this post, learn 5 clever ideas to spruce up your resume so you can land that therapist job you really want.

Idea #1: Create a combination resume.
If you are brand new to the work force or new to working as a therapist, you may understandably be a bit light on relevant work experience in the field.

Here, a combination resume can encourage a prospective employer to think outside the box and take a chance on you – even over candidates with more work experience.

A combination resume lists your skills and qualifications first, followed by any work experience and then your highest level of education.

So for example, you may list out qualifications such as time management expertise, advanced listening skills, attention to detail, et al, providing examples of how you excel in each. This will show the employer you have the skill set it takes to be an effective therapist.

Idea #2: Start your resume with a tagline.
If you had to create a headline that described “you” in one sentence, how would it read? Taglines are a common blogger tool that can be just as effective for your therapist resume.

For instance, your tagline might read, “Empathetic, accomplished therapist with advanced listening skills seeks group practice position with an interdisciplinary team.”

This tells the employer several key things: you enjoy team work, you thrive on challenge, you are a great listener and you are confident in your role as a therapist.

Idea #3: Highlight volunteer and/or clinical experience.
If you are fresh out of graduate school or in the midst of a post-graduate career change, you may have found your inspiration through your volunteer or clinical intern experiences.

You do not have to mention that you were a volunteer or intern on your therapist resume. You only have to mention the role and how what you accomplished in that role relates to your ability to do an excellent job when working as a therapist.

Idea #4: Emphasize special skills from previous training or work experience.
If you are applying for a therapist job but your prior work experience focuses mainly on finance or management, you may not automatically assume that these positions could elicit a prospective employer’s interest in you as a therapist candidate.

However, these may be just the kind of skills that can bring more success to the organization you will be working for – the ability to manage money and people well is a critical facet of success regardless of the job title.

So don’t shy away from mentioning translatable strengths and skills you earned while working in other industries. You just might find it is these skills that sway an employer in your favor!

Idea #5: Make the most of your 20 seconds.
Therapy Source said, “The typical employer will spend about 20 seconds eyeballing the typical resume (that is, if your resume makes it past the initial automated keyword scanner and onto the desk of a breathing being).”

To make the most of your 20 seconds, you need to include two things:

– Relevant job keywords. You can find these in the job description – these keywords are what the automated scanner will be searching for.

– Create a professional summary. In this summary, which should be a short paragraph located at the top of your resume, you take your tagline (see idea #2 here) and expand on it just slightly. Then read it and make sure it reads in 20 seconds or less.

By taking some extra time to polish your therapist resume until it shines, you give yourself the opportunity you deserve to win the therapist job you want. The time it takes will be worth it when you get that all-important call that you’ve got the job!