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Create a Résumé or CV

(Pre-OT, PT, and PA students)


Purposes Of The Résumé or CV
For Pre-OT, PT And PA Students

Professional programs desire applicants who have developed the ability to self-assess, and self-assessment is a skill crucial to being a responsible healthcare professional. Drafting a résumé is in itself a self-assessment process, which is one reason creating a résumé can also help you when the time comes to draft your application personal statement, and, hopefully, prepare for interviews.

Having a current résumé can help you as you seek employment, volunteering, and clinical observation opportunities, all of which have the potential to help you develop the skills necessary for success in graduate school and in your career.

It is also a good idea to have a résumé ready to provide to those who have agreed to write you a letter of recommendation.

Note: an alternative option is to assemble something closer to a curriculum vitae (CV). A CV serves purposes similar to that of a résumé, but focusses more on your education and educational experiences, and allows for more detailed descriptions of these experiences. Consult the resources linked below.



Where To Begin

The IU Career Development Center (CDC) provides some great resources to help you get started on either a résumé or CV. Visit the CDC site, select Get Started, then select Resource Library, then type résumé into the Search box. In the search results you will see a guide for writing a résumé, a CV guide, an excellent list of action verbs, and other resources.

Once you have a résumé or CV on your computer, continue to update it as you accumulate additional experiences and achievements, including clinical observation, direct patient care or other hands-on experience, volunteering in a patient- or client-oriented setting, volunteering with underserved populations outside of healthcare, and so on.

After consulting the above resources, if you need help drafting a résumé or CV, you are free to schedule an appointment with a CDC career advisor.




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