Resumes are the first impression you can give to an employer or recruiter. The key to a great resume to stand out above the rest. Your resume should also give your future employer a quick and accurate idea of your professional abilities.
Once you have a template created, you can make necessary adjustments to match the job you are applying for. In travel therapy there are many industries to merge into such as skilled nursing, outpatient clinics, hospitals and schools. Each employer looks for skills that match their industry. Updating your resume to match the requirements of the job you’re applying for is a helpful tip. We’ve provided a list of what makes a great resume as well as mistakes to avoid.
In the travel therapy industry, employers and recruiters want to make sure you have the necessary skills to fit the exact parameters they have been instructed to look for. If the skills are simply laid out at the top for them to see quickly, they will be impressed your efficiency. As someone with a long career in the field, keeping your resume to a single page can be a challenge. However, this is a great practice to make sure that you’re highlighting the most relevant and important experiences pieces on your resume.
Highlight Your Achievements
Highlighting your achievements is a crucial way to set yourself apart from other resumes. Let the recruiter or employer know that you have acquired multiple licenses and are proficient working with a specific disability/injury. Being a traveler helps you to expand your skill base so be sure to highlight those accolades.
Research Relevant Keywords
Take time to research relevant keywords to include on your resume. Often times, online resources are used to pull the most relevant resumes that coincide with the job description. Here are a few examples to include according to certain disciplines:
- SLP – AAC devices, apraxia, dysphagia, ASHA certified, IEPs (if working in schools)
- OT – Evaluated patients, swallowing disorders, autistic populations, IEPs (if working in schools)
- Special Education Teacher – Resource, self-contained, Learning & Emotional Disabilities, IEPs
Try using Jobscan to find what keywords are being used on certain job sites as well.
Use Simple Fonts
Keep your resume font simple and clean to avoid a cluttered, hard-to-read resume. Some of the most popular resume fonts to use include Garamond, Cambria, Calibri, Georgia and Helvetica. Most recruiters and employers will only accept a Word document or PDF file. Some recruiters need to black out the candidate’s sensitive information before submitting, so Word documents can be the better options when dealing with contract agencies.
Include Relevant Job History
If you are applying for a Speech Language Pathology position, you do not need to keep the job titled “Hotel Front Desk” on your resume. It adds clutter and takes away from your standing. However, if you are applying for a school position as a Special Education Teacher and have job experience as a Youth Counselor specializing in the Special Education population, that would be a relevant accomplishment to include.
Employers and recruiters are paying close attention to the details because they want to hire the best candidate. The best candidate is going to have the best resume with no grammar or spelling mistakes as well as the necessary skills. Always proofread your resume and then have someone else proofread it for you.
When choosing references to include on your resume, be sure to consider relevant professionals. Just like filtering through your relevant job history, it’s important to choose the references that best fit the job position you’re applying for. Once you’ve decided on who you’ll be including, be sure to reach out to them to request their permission to be added to your list. You’ll certainly want them to be well informed on what you’re applying for so they can be prepared to share relevant information.
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