In just two months, we'll be interviewing for our yearlong clinical placements, so the topic of resume and cover-letter development has come up. Considering I have never developed a PT-specific resume, I'm finding it difficult to determine which aspects of college, post-college and PT school I should include. The first time I created a resume, I was seriously struggling to find relevant and "important" experiences to include. At this point in my life, I think the opposite may be a problem.
What should a DPT student consider relevant for her resume? I suspect that we should include our completed clinical rotations, but I'm more interested in which details are most important. It goes without saying that as a student on a clinical placement, your role is to learn as much as possible in the limited time given. How, then, should we reflect that experience in a resume format to display the learning experience?
I was thinking about including observational opportunities with other healthcare professionals as well as other skills obtained, but I can't figure out how to appropriately explain all of my clinical experiences in just a few bullet points. I also don't know which post-college experiences to include or exclude, particularly ones that were not at all related to physical therapy. Considering the number of clinical rotations and work experiences I've had up to this point, I don't think it's necessary to include internships after college. At the same time, they were helpful life experiences that directed me toward PT school.
As a future professional, this resume will obviously be very important and useful in the years to come. It could also have major implications for which clinical placements I am awarded during my third year. Any tips or advice (from students, PTs or management personnel) would be greatly appreciated both by myself and any other student who is in the same place.