After navigating the ups and downs of college and finally earning a doctor of physical therapy degree, you are definitely ready to hit the job market. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics, the demand for physical therapists is quite high, with an estimated job growth of 36 percent – three times greater than the average for all jobs – within the next eight years. However impressive this stats are, you must strive to stand out from other applicants.
It all begins with writing a stand-out resume. And here is how you should do it:
Before creating your resume, conduct thorough research on your potential employers and the physical therapy field in general. This will offer you an insight into the experience, qualities, skills, traits and credentials employers are looking for. You could, for instance, check the requirements outlined in online job listings for physical therapists. You need to take note of the required soft skills and abilities, such as ’excellent interpersonal skills’ and ’active team player’ as well as technical skills, such as ’experience in evaluating passive and active range of motion’. Feature all matching qualities in your resume.
Compose a Strong Job Objective
In a resume, a job objective is a brief statement of your ambitions. It is crucial that the objective is worded strongly. You could say “Looking for a challenging physical therapist position where I can use my knowledge and professional skills to not only help the sick and injured improve their movement, but also lead them to recovery.”
Outline Your Credentials
List all your academic and professional credentials. If you completed an internship when pursuing your bachelor’s degree, be sure to include it and mention the type of patients you worked with – Employers obviously prefer individuals with some relevant work experience. If you have a professional certification, mention it.
Have an Employer Mindset
Maybe the creative guys in Hollywood should come up with a movie titled “Act like an Employee, Think like an Employer.” Until then, you should make an effort of picturing what – besides education and skills – employers look for. In most cases, employers want workers with administrative potential. If you are not a fresh graduate, include a section that details the following:
- The caseloads and types of modalities you have managed
- Your contribution toward the improvement of PT programs
- The credit or awards received for excellent work performance.
Show Your Allegiance to the Field
Have a section that details your volunteer activities and membership in associations, such as the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists. If you are not yet a member, you can highlight the steps you are taking to secure membership.
Boost Your Online Visibility
If you are planning to post the resume in web-based hiring boards, be sure to include physical therapy-related keywords, like DPT degree, licensed PT and qualified PT. Since most employers dig through online resume databases, you will stand a higher chance of being spotted.
Target Your Resume
Your major aim is to create a resume that catches an employer’s expectations. As such, you should not send the same resume to multiple employers. Customize and revamp your resume accordingly each time you want to send it to a new potential employer.
If you follow these tips closely, you will definitely create an impressive resume that will leave employers saying, “This is the physical therapists we need.” Good luck.