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  • Lian Yun-Perng, Physiotherapist

How to write a Physiotherapy Resume

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I have attached a sample resume which I hope will help. It is my opinion that a resume should be less than 2 pages. It has to be short and concise. The goal is to catch the reader's attention within 2 minutes. I will outline and explain briefly why some of these information is useful.

1. Personal details - Your photograph is important for your reader to get a sense of how you might look like. It is subjective and I am not saying that you will be hired/ rejected because of your looks but people do need a face to a name. Humans have poor memory when it comes to names but a photograph can remind them about you if you all have met. - Your nationality will affect your work application if you are not from that country. Sometimes people do not hire non-locals because they might need to apply for a work visa which is troublesome and it can be costly.

2. Education and qualification - Write your highest two qualification to save the reader from going through your education history and to save space. Always and I say ALWAYS write your degree classifications or grades. This will make it easier to screen.

3. Competencies and skills - Write it in a way that is relevant to the job you're applying. If the organisation you're applying doesn't need a Physio that does CVR then please exclude it. - Show the reader that you have the skills they want or need. - I did not include skills like Microsoft because I think it is unnecessary.

4. Work experience - It is alright if it is not Physio related. Sometimes, this section might give you an advantage over others when your resumes are equal. The employer might choose someone who has been tried and tested. For example, someone who has worked as a cashier, because they have experience with dealing with money or with difficult clients. This experience can be translated as customer service. (Only applicable to fresh graduates). - You are to list down your job responsibilities. This will show the kind of clinical/ non-clinical work you have done. - Again, impress your reader. This is one section where your certificates mean nothing.

5. Clinical placements - List down your main clinical placement experience. It is better if you had a mixture of clinical placements.

6. Workshops and conferences - This section will show your skills, competencies and interest. It will also suggest that you have continuous professional learning.

7. Extra-curricular activities - Time to tell your reader about your hobbies and interest that is not related to Physiotherapy. It gives the reader a glimpse of your current/ past activities.

8. Professional bodies and affliations - List down all your memberships or registration licence.

9. Others - Please mention some of your characteristics, your language abilities, your current and expected salary. - The reader needs to know if you fit their budget.

10. Referees - This is quite important and most people take it lightly. Never mention: "Will be provided on request". That is just unprofessional. Please list down at least 2 referees and your referee must know you because some organisation will contact your referee to obtain more information about you before they even interview you.

I hope the list is not too long and I have been able to help. Feel free to drop me a question or send me your resume for review. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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Lian Yun-Perng  


UK Qualified Physiotherapist
Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Keele University, United Kingdom
Diploma in Physiotherapy

AIMST University, Malaysia

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