Are you in need of resume tips for new respiratory therapy grads? Well this article is for you. I was in your shoes not too long ago, so I know how stressful it is to try to apply for jobs without a fully crafted resume. And even after I did finish a version of my resume, I couldn’t help but wonder, “Is it good enough?”
Hiring managers and recruiters in hospitals all over the world are saying that the resumes they receive from applicants are getting worse and worse each and every year. But why?
That’s the question I hope we can answer today here in this article. In general, students and new graduates simply do not know how to craft a proper resume. So if you learn how to do just that, you can immediately stand out from the crowd. Just follow the resume tips listed below and you’ll be well on your way to landing your first job as a respiratory therapist.
Resume Tips for New Respiratory Therapy Grads:
Format is very important
It doesn’t matter how much great information you have, if you do not format your resume properly, chances are it won’t get read and will end up being thrown right back into the pile. In general, recruiters and hiring managers will not be reading your resume word for word anyway, so you want to make sure you have nice format that has good readability which can highlight your main points.
Play around with your margins. In general, it’s customary to use wider margins, but you can adjust them until you get the look you are going for.
Use the bold function appropriately for your headings and other important things that you want to draw emphasis to.
Use bullets, like I’m doing right now. These can be used to showcase some of your hospital clinical experience, or even to list some of your accomplishments. This leads to my next tip…
Place emphasis on your accomplishments
This will give you an opportunity to showcase exactly what you bring to the table. You can list here anything that might make you stand out. Did you have a really high GPA? You may consider including that. This one is tricky because I only recommend listing your GPA if it is very high. But you probably use some of our materials on this site, so chances are, you do have an extremely high GPA.
Did you receive any scholarships or honors in respiratory therapy school? You can list those too. For instance, I ranked first in my class in my respiratory program and I made sure to include this on my resume (humble brag). This was just another way for me to stand out.
Include your clinical experience
As a new graduate, one of your biggest weaknesses is that fact that you do not have very much work experience. It’s really not fair, but it is just one of those things you have to overcome. However, you should have at least some experience from working in the hospitals you visited during your clinical rotations in school. Include all of them. Did you go to a NICU or trauma hospital? How about a clinic that focuses on PFTs? What about a nursing home?
List all of the hospitals and facilities you worked at and you can even include a short description of some of the job duties you did while you were there.
Don’t include irrelevant information
Did you work at McDonald’s the summer after your sophomore year in high school? That’s great and all, but that experience may not be relevant to the job you are applying for now in the medical field. So it may be best just to not include it on you resume. It really just depends.
Try to limit the information that you do include to things that are relevant, such as we mentioned before, your clinical experience.
Limit your resume to one page
This is one of those rules that flip flops all the time. Sometimes you hear that, when referring to a resume, the longer the better. But that really just is not the case. This is a highly debated topic, but it’s very important to keep your resume precise. And you can easily do this simply by limiting it to one page only.
Keep it simple
Google is awesome, but it can also get you in trouble at times. What I mean by this is that, you can easily google something along the lines of “resume examples” and there is no telling what you are going to find. You may see all sorts of crazy designs with pictures and graphics.
Don’t do any of that. Just keep it simple.
Yes, you do want to stand out, but using funky fonts or text is not the way to do it. Stick to your basic Arial, Helvetica, or something similar. Keep the font size between ten and twelve.
Keep your contact information professional
Basically what I’m referring to is your email address. We’ve all had that embarrassing email that we made back in high school, i.e.:
badboy1437 (at) yahoo (dot) com
Yeah, you’re probably not going to want to include that on your resume. Just use your school email with the dot edu. Or if you have to, create a better email address from gmail or outlook using your full name.
Seek help from a professional
You are reading this article so you are on the right track, but I definitely advise getting someone to help you craft and proofread your resume. There is no shame in asking for help. Most colleges offer this service to students free of charge. If not, I’m sure your professor or maybe even an experienced friend or family member would be happy to help you.
Highlight your education
In general, experience is the most important aspect, but it’s also important to include your education as well. Did you finish your bachelor’s degree? Definitely include this on your resume, or any other educational experiences that you may have. Include all degrees and credentials.
Proofread your resume, then proofread it again
I cannot stress this enough. Be absolutely sure your resume doesn’t have any errors or typos. It’s risky to rely strictly on spell check. You should manually do the proofreading yourself. Then you should proofread it again. THEN you should get your friends and family to proofread it as well.
So now that you have the resume tips for new respiratory therapy grads, you will be well on your way to landing that job interview you so desperately need. Writing your resume definitely isn’t easy, but by using these tips and taking it one step at a time, it doesn’t have to be that bad.
Do you have any other resume tips that may be helpful to others? Be sure to leave them in the comments below.