A resume is not just for business professionals. It is important for a LMT both to understand what a resume, is and how to prepare an effective resume. Any resume must be concise and to the point, and highlight the skills, experiences, and talents that qualify you for the job. When preparing a massage therapist resume, be sure to be specific on what you can delivery, your training in those areas and any licenses you hold. This snapshot information goes a long way to matching you to the right position. Conversely, submitting a sub-standard, inaccurate, incomplete resume, will only result in limited, if any, job opportunities while causing frustration entering into this field.
To begin, a License Massage Therapist should know the following:
- The 5 P’s of Resume Writing – Packaging, Positioning, Personality, Punch (Power), Professionalism
- Principles of Resume Writing
- The Resume – What to think about?
Five P’s of Resume Writing
There are many ways to write a resume and it can be dizzying to try to follow all the suggestions that are out there. By using the 5 P’s of Resume Writing, you can focus your attention on what really matters and what potential employers are looking for. Let’s take a look at the 5 P’s which consist of Packaging, Positioning, Personality, Punch (Power), Professionalism.
Devil in the details!
- Use presentable paper types
- Use standard professional fonts
- Use graphics only as needed; not a general rule of thumb to use
- Consistent symmetric layouts
Let it “Stand Out” “Make it Pop” by making a great first impression of you through your resume. On an average HR and hiring managers only spend a few minutes reviewing and assessing resumes and matching them against position requirements. Your resume should represent you by standing up and above other applicants.
Organizing your content should make key information available and make it easy for the reader to grasp the most significant information about you. A well-positioned resume allows a prospective employer to quickly glance at what you can offer clearly and concisely.
Your resume is an extension of your personality. Choose words that express the best about you. Accentuate your accomplishments and capture their attention by impressing them with your skills and techniques.
PUNCH is what your prospective employer will want to know about you. Employers want to what you bring to the table, and how you can step right and hit the floor running.
POWER INFORMATION matches your skills, abilities, and qualifications to the prospective employer’s needs. Each role or position would typically have a job description and high-level requirements that would be best to fit your information to the role.
Demonstrate that you meet the initial hiring criteria so you get your feet in the door to have the honor of being asked for an interview. The dreaded interview uh!
A potential employer will want to assess you to represent the hiring company in a professional manner? Make your resume & cover letter positive and professional that focuses in on the value that you will bring to the role.
Leave a positive and lasting impression! An effective professional resume will do that.
Principles of Resume Writing
Creating a resume is not easy. Lots of soul searching, research, and thought must take place to plan for the information you want to present. You should ask yourself…
- What do I like to do?
- What motivates me?
- What are my interests?
- What skills and abilities do I already possess?
- What skills and abilities do I want to develop?
- What are my key accomplishments?
Begin your MT-specific resume with a personal statement objective that includes a high-level overview of your training, experience, and career highlights. As appropriate, include a statement or two about your specialty areas and techniques.
Detail the specific modalities you offer. Popular skills include deep tissue or sports massage, reflexology, Tsubo, Reiki, chair massage, Shiatsu or cranio-sacral therapy. Highlight your clinical, corporate, and personal LMT practice accomplishments.
Follow with a reverse chronological section of your professional experience. Give the name of the company or client, the location and the dates of employment. Detail the responsibilities of the position, as well as services you performed in that role.
Include a section that highlights your education and training. Specify the name of the school, the dates you attended and training you received. Include any special training or continuing education classes. Continue with the details of other education or training programs, like a college degree or technical training, especially as it relates to massage, wellness, or bodywork.
List all your professional licenses and the states in which you received them. Add a section on computer skills if they’re important for the position. Briefly list the applications and programs (PC, MAC, mobile, social media) you’re familiar with.
Indicate your self-employment or freelance experience. Include a general list of the hotels or spas you worked for, and specify the services you offered each client.
Finally, offer “references upon request.” Prepare a separate sheet of references, both personal and professional, and include contact information for each. Note: make sure your references know they may be contacted.
The Resume – What to think about?
When reviewing a resume, the employer looks for answers to the following:
- Is the experience appropriate as a LMT; is relevant experience or skills missing?
- Is length of time at the right level sufficient?
- Is there a sufficient level of technical knowledge?
- Is there a sufficient level of leadership, communication, or social skills?
Resume Don’t’s – Here are a number of things that a resume should not have.
- DON’T make your reader dig for information
- DON’T tell everything you’ve ever done
- DON’T use complete sentences
- DON’T include personal information, such as age, race, marital or health status
- DON’T make your resume too dense, busy or cute
- DON’T use a font smaller than 10 point
- DON’T use fancy fonts that are hard to read
Final review should include the following:
- Check to make sure your phone number is correct
- Education section should include your most recent education first
- Stress your accomplishments and the skills you used to get the desired results
- If you are making a career change stress what skills are transferable to support your new career objective
- Neatness counts – a poorly structured, badly typed resume is a reflection of the applicant
In summary, a resume should be…..
- a summary of your employment history, skills and accomplishments
- your marketing piece of your skills, experience, and credentials
- the first impression…so make it a good one!