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How can you create an eye-catching physical therapy resume? Consider six keys that can take your resume to the top and help you get an interview.

1.     Contact Information

Your name, contact phone number and email address should appear at the top of the page. It’s not necessary to include your mailing address.

2.     Summary

If your current physical therapist resume has an Objective section, delete it. Replace it with a short summary of your qualifications relevant to the job you want. Use the job description to include the top qualifications you have that are also required for the position. You can include:

  • Certifications
  • Patient base
  • Soft skills
  • Technical skills
  • Types of facilities you’ve worked in

Here’s an example:

Versatile physical therapist with eight years of experience in rehabilitation, hospital and private-practice facilities. Licensure in the states of CO and UT, and cardiovascular and pulmonary certification. Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from a CAPTE-accredited program. Experience with pediatric, adult and geriatric patients. Focused on improving recovery rates through a high standard of care and by helping patients relax and engage in their treatment plan.

We’ll talk more about keywords and key phrases later, but notice how the above summary maximizes them based on the job description.

3.     Work Experience

Work experience should be listed in reverse chronological order. Instead of listing job duties, focus on select contributions that demonstrate your qualifications for this physical therapist position. For each of your positions, include a list of three to four select contributions.

4.     Physical Therapist Education

Start with your most recent education. This section should include:

  • Institution attended
  • Subject studied
  • Degrees or certifications
  • Location
  • Graduation dates
  • High grades, awards or honors

5.     Activities and Memberships

Use action verbs to describe your involvement in the following:

  • Internships
  • Community service
  • Volunteer work
  • Memberships in professional associations

6.     Keywords

As you prepare each section of your resume, focus on keywords and key phrases. Many employers, staffing agencies and search engines scan resumes for specific keywords and key phrases that relate to the job description. Use the job description to write a resume that includes keywords targeted to the position.

Get Your Physical Therapist Resume Expedited to Employers

WSi Healthcare Personnel has been voted one of the ten most dependable staffing agencies in the region. Our partnership with employers who are looking for physical therapists can get your resume noticed and expedite your job search.  Contact us today so we can help you find the right job.