If you google “psychologist resume template”, you’ll find a lot of resume models filled with roles and responsibilities such as:
- Provided individual and group counseling to students, K-9th grade.
- Conducted psychological testing using assessment tools such as the MMPI-II.
- Provided individual therapy to shelter residents with severe psychopathology and acute substance abuse.
- Participated in workplace violence evaluations.
- Evaluated and consulted children in classrooms at the request of educators.
- Linked consumers to necessary health services, social services, self-help groups, wellness centers.
That seems about right, no? But there’s a problem. A huge problem, actually. Think of the psychologists that you know. How many of them have done similar things? Probably most of them. Because that’s pretty much what being a psychologist is all about. There are differences here and there, but roles and responsibilities will often overlap. So if your resume is very close to a typical “psychologist resume template”, how is that helping you get interviews? After all, the best resumes are distinctive. They make you stand out, not blend in! So here’s a little something to help you make your resume stand out. It’s based on the 3 Laws of Resume Writing. And it’s not material that I made up. I found it by carefully studying good psychologist resumes.
5 Psychologist Accomplishments to Make your Resume Distinctive
- Responsible for the overall management and supervision of the Dual Diagnosis Unit at [hospital].
- Wrote several articles on psychological well-being for major news outlets, including the Huffington Post.
- Changed the clinic from a half-day program for adults with severe mental illness, to an outpatient clinic. The offices have been restructured to facilitate group therapy and individual therapy.
- Established a private practice providing individual, couple, family and group counseling, throughout [city], with a caseload above 50.
- Initiated proper referrals within the hospital, and utilized outside referral sources throughout the community.
The benefit is the key component of each accomplishment: improved processes, more money, demonstrated leadership and reliability, … Accomplishments like these are the most critical pieces of your resume. Now read that last sentence again, because that’s the best resume advice you’ll get this month.
If you’re a fantastic employee but your resume is silent on many of your accomplishments, you’ll end up behind a good employee whose accomplishments are all clearly laid out. And for that matter, an average employee with weak accomplishments better know how to network, since the resume alone won’t pull its weight. (Actually, networking skills are critical to everyone’s job hunt. But let’s stick with the topic, if you don’t mind.) Accomplishments are where it’s at.
When you solve a problem, reduce costs, make something better/simpler/faster, when you show initiative, it has to be on your resume, without being drowned out by too many roles and responsibilities (i.e. the “we’ve-all-done-it” resume template material). In my view, half of the energy and time spent on your resume should be focused on your accomplishments. To write good accomplishments, you need to think of what your potential employer is thinking about (problems solved, better results, and so on) and emphasize that. If you go through 20 resumes of your peers, you’ll certainly find great accomplishments that you could adapt on your resume. I truly believe that is time well spent.
Many More Accomplishments, Just for You
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