As a new respiratory therapist, you will want to make sure your resume is top-notch in order to land the best job possible.
Because how else will you stand out from the crowd?
In this article, we will share with you some resume tips that are specifically designed for new respiratory therapists. So if you’re looking to get your resume in tip-top shape, read on!
1. Formating is Very Important
When it comes to resumes, one thing that is often overlooked is the importance of formatting. A well-formatted resume makes a big difference in how it is received by potential employers.
Here are some formatting tips to keep in mind:
- Use clear, concise language
- Use bullet points
- Use active voice
- Use industry-specific keywords
- Use simple fonts
- Use a simple design
It’s also customary to use wide margins, but you can make adjustments based on how much content you have.
2. Emphasize Your Accomplishments
As a new respiratory therapist, you may not have a lot of experience under your belt yet. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have anything to offer!
Be sure to highlight any accomplishments you have made, even if they are small. Every little bit helps when it comes to making your resume stand out.
Some accomplishments you may want to include are:
- Any awards or accolades you have received
- Any scholarships received
- CPR certification
- Any special training you have completed
You’re here, so you’ve probably used some of our free study materials throughout respiratory therapy school.
This means that you likely have an impressive GPA!
If so, you may consider including it on your resume. However, it’s best to only do so if it’s much higher than average.
3. Include Your Clinical Experience
As a new respiratory therapy graduate, one of your biggest weaknesses is a lack of work experience. But there’s no need to fret!
One way to offset this is by including your clinical experience on your resume. This will show potential employers that you have had some exposure to the field and have practical experience working with patients.
Did you practice in a NICU? How about a nursing home? Did you work in a PFT lab? Do you have experience in the emergency room (ER)?
If so, be sure to include this information on your resume. Any clinical experience you have will be beneficial in helping you land a job as a new respiratory therapist.
4. Don’t Include Irrelevant Information
When it comes to your resume, less is more. You want to include only the information that is relevant to the job you are applying for.
Did you work at a fast-food restaurant in high school?
That’s great, but it’s not relevant to the job and thus doesn’t need to be included on your resume.
The same goes for any hobbies or interests you may have. Unless they are relevant to the job or industry, there is no need to include them on your resume.
5. Limit Your Resume to One Page
As a new respiratory therapist, you don’t have a lot of experience to include on your resume. So there’s no need to make it longer than it needs to be.
In general, your resume should be limited to one page. This ensures that the most important information is included so that potential employers can easily scan your resume.
If you find that your resume is longer than one page, try to remove any unnecessary information. Remember, less is more!
6. Keep it Simple
When it comes to resumes, keeping it simple is the best way to go. You want to use clear, concise language that is easy to read and understand.
Avoid using jargon or any non-industry-specific terms that someone outside of the field may not understand.
This includes the design of your resume as well. Avoid using any fancy fonts or graphics that could make your resume difficult to read.
7. Keep Your Contact Information Professional
Your contact information should be included at the top of your resume. This includes your name, email address, and phone number.
When providing your email address, be sure to use a professional one. This means no funny nicknames or anything that could be considered unprofessional.
We all have that one embarrassing email address that was created back in middle school, such as:
pizzalover2000 (at) yahoo (dot) com
This is something that probably should not be included in your resume. Instead, be sure to keep it professional.
The same goes for your phone number. Be sure to use a professional voicemail greeting that is not off-putting to potential employers.
8. Seek Help From a Professional
If you’re really struggling to put together a winning resume, consider seeking help from a professional.
Most colleges and universities offer career counseling services that can help you with your resume free of charge.
In addition, you likely have a professor or colleague with experience who would be willing to give you some guidance. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
9. Print Your Resume on High-Quality Paper
When it comes to landing your dream job, every detail counts. So when you’re ready to print your resume, be sure to use high-quality paper.
This will make a good impression on potential employers and shows that you take your career seriously.
In general, it’s best to avoid using standard copy paper. Instead, look for professional stock paper that is made specifically for printing resumes.
This type of paper is usually heavier and has a professional look and feel. This is another easy way to stand out from the crowd!
Using professional resume paper can help you stand out from the crowd.
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10. Highlight Your Education
As a new respiratory therapy graduate, your education and training are some of your most valuable assets.
As previously mentioned, work experience is the most important asset that hiring managers are looking for. This is unfair for new grads, but it’s the unfortunate truth.
However, you can still highlight your education by including any relevant coursework, clinical rotations, or practicum experiences that you have had. In addition, be sure to include any relevant licenses or certifications that you may have.
For example, did you previously earn a bachelor’s degree? If so, this is definitely something that should be included on your resume.
11. Have Someone Proofread Your Resume
It is extremely important to make sure that your resume does not have any errors or typos. This is an immediate red flag for potential employers, and it will likely result in your resume being tossed in the trash.
Be sure to have someone else proofread your resume before you submit it. This could be a friend, family member, or even a professional proofreader.
It’s risky to rely on spellcheck, and it’s often hard for your brain to notice your own mistakes. Therefore, it’s always best to have someone else take a look.
Putting together a winning resume can be a challenge, but it’s definitely worth the effort. By following these resume tips, you’ll be sure to make a good impression on potential employers.
Just remember to keep it professional, highlight your skills and experience, and proofread your resume before you submit it. With a little effort, you’re sure to land a job as a respiratory therapist in no time.
John Landry, BS, RRT
John Landry is a registered respiratory therapist from Memphis, TN, and has a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. He enjoys using evidence-based research to help others breathe easier and live a healthier life.