While it’s true that the demand for physical therapists, occupational therapists and other allied professionals is high, there are plenty of competition to deal with. Cirrus Medical Staffing recruiters alone receive hundreds of applicants for any of its travel therapy jobs.
So the question is, with so many other equally qualified allied professionals interested in travel therapy, how can you make your resume stand out to recruiters and hiring managers?
Here are some techniques that you can use to make sure your resume gets noticed in a sea of resumes:
- When you’re writing your resume, think in terms of keywords. Recruiters and hiring managers will go through lots and lots of travel therapy resumes before they get to yours. Cut them some slack and make sure that the important information is at the top of your resume. What’s more, most recruiters and employers will unconsciously scan your resume for specific words. Think about what you would look for if you were the one doing the hiring. What words need to pop up?
- Prepare a specific resume for every job you’re applying to. In other words, customize your resume for every position. One peeve that recruiters and hiring managers have is the so-called generic resume. You know the kind: that all-purpose resume that highlights your experience and qualifications
whether or not they’re relevant to the position. Unfortunately, fifty other travel therapists will submit that kind of resume and, in the process, your resume will look like everyone else’s. Tailor-fitting a resume need not be too much work. Simply study the job posting and highlight in your resume those qualifications that match the job requirements.
- When listing your previous job titles, don’t assume that the employer understand what those jobs entail. It would be better if, underneath the job titles, you write a short paragraph or bullet points featuring your skills, strengths, and scope of responsibilities.
- Be concise but detailed. Make sure that every word in every line on your resume is relevant and aims to highlight your contributions to your previous employers. Highlight the type of setting in which you worked, caseload size, successes, treatments you’re versed in, and equipment or technology that you’re familiar with. Don’t forget to mention citations, awards, and recognitions that you were given in your previous jobs.
- Finally, name any association that you’re a member of. Make sure they’re relevant. More importantly, highlight any leadership role you have held in these organizations. This kind of information will show potential employers that you’re committed to your profession and have a passion for it that’s unequaled by the competition.