May 23

If you are a recent graduate applying for your first job in your field, research work should always be included on your resume. This is because most new graduates have little or no work experience, so employers must rely on a review of your other experiences in order to determine whether your qualifications would be a good match for their open position.

It’s up to you to provide them with enough information to make such a decision. To present yourself in the best possible light, include any independent or group research studies with which you have been involved. These experiences can be as important as work experience, because they often demonstrate that you have some practical experience in your chosen field.

Just be sure to provide at least a brief description of the research done, the findings, and your role in the project. If applicable, you might mention any specific skills learned or tools used, or methodologies employed.

Extensive research can be presented in a separate section on the resume, but if you have only one or two research studies to mention – such as a senior project, for example, you may simply include them underneath your degree information in the education section.

May 22

Keywords are an important component of an entry level resume, because they help focus the employer’s attention on your applicable qualifications. Keywords, or buzzwords, are words or phrases that describe your skills, knowledge and abilities. For example, if you are in a technical field, you’ll want to make sure all current technologies with which you are familiar are listed somewhere on the resume.

Also, the presentation of your education information is critical. Be sure to place it on the front of your resume, near the top and in reverse chronological order. Place your degree in bolded letters to stand out.

Even if you have no work experience, don’t leave your resume empty. Make a list of your volunteer work, internships, extracurricular activities, and other experiences, then figure out which ones relate in some way to your job objective, or which ones may have helped you develop a skill that would be transferable to a job. Examples would be leadership, organizational skills or computer literacy.

The thing to remember is that while you want to create a strong resume that represents you well and stands out from the crowd, you don’t want to list everything you’ve ever done. Leave off irrelevant information, and try to tailor your resume to the job posting for which you are applying.

May 18

Successfully securing an internship requires the development of a resume that includes your goals, academic background, skills, accomplishments, experience and activities. It should include information that might not be found on a typical employment resume, such as your high school experiences.

Use a chronological format, listing education and experience by the most recent first. Include an objective statement at the top of the resume, under your personal information, that describes your immediate goal.

In listing your education, include your major, minor, concentration and GPA –both overall and in your major – but only if above a 3.0. List coursework that is relevant to the internship you are seeking, as well as any academic honors and awards.

Add any work experience to your resume. It’s a good idea to divide your work history into sections: 1. Relevant Experience, and 2. Additional Experience. You can include any research and laboratory experience here, or develop a special section for this on the resume.

Other important information that should appear on the resume includes extracurricular activities, volunteer work and special skills, such as computer skills or foreign languages.

May 17

The purpose of your resume is to portray your professional life and your job qualifications. Therefore, it is inappropriate and unnecessary to list personal information, such as hobbies and political affiliations.

Generally, an employer does not care that you enjoy tennis, cross-stitching or stamp collecting. The only exception to the “no hobby” rule is when a hobby directly supports your qualifications for the position. For example, suppose you are applying for a job as an adventure tour guide, and your hobbies are whitewater rafting and hiking. Include them.

Likewise for political affiliations. If you are applying for a job in politics or government, you might include your experience campaigning door-to-door for your local state representative two summers ago. Otherwise, leave it off.

Why is it important to eliminate personal data from a resume? You never want to run the risk of offending someone or giving them a personal reason not to hire you. Yes, this is illegal, but it does happen.

Just remember, your resume is not a life story. It should be a factual summary of your education and experience, and only information that is directly related to or supportive of your job objective should ever appear on it.

May 16

Have you ever heard the saying, “You have to spend money to make money?” Your job search is one such example. Because your resume offers a prospective employer his or her first introduction to you and what you have to offer, it is imperative to present yourself in a comprehensive, persuasive and conspicuous way.

So unless you are absolutely certain that you can create a top-notch resume on your own, it’s best to turn to professionals who know the ins and outs of resume writing. A professional writer will know what employers and recruiters are looking for and have the writing skills to make you stand out from the hundreds of other people who are applying for the same jobs that you are.

A professionally written resume can dramatically improve your chances of getting an interview and reduce the length of your job search. Think of your resume as an investment, because that is essentially what it is. It’s an investment in your future, one that can help you attract a better job and a higher salary. So, for example, if your resume costs $300 but earns you a salary increase of, say, $10,000 per year, then isn’t it worth it?

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That approach includes the creation of a targeted job objective, then a careful examination of all experiences you’ve gained during your years in college, including your coursework, internships, co-ops, volunteer work, part-time and summer jobs, research projects and extra-curricular involvement. Anything related to your objective should be included on your resume.

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May 14

Increased Demand and High Job Satisfaction Place Physical Therapists Among Nation’s Top Occupations

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Physical therapists have come out ahead as a top career choice for college graduates and as second only to clergy in job satisfaction in two different news articles this week that highlighted the nation’s top occupations.

The April 17 issue of the Chicago Tribune reported findings of a poll from the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago that place physical therapists second among five top occupations in job satisfaction, and the only health care professionals listed. The worker satisfaction study was based on data collected since 1988 on more than 27,500 randomly selected people. More than three-quarters of the participating physical therapists reported being “very satisfied,” and the study suggests intrinsic rewards seem to be the key to satisfaction.

The April 15 issue of PARADE Magazine listed the physical therapist career as one of the six “Hottest Jobs for College Graduates.” The magazine attributed the increased demand for physical therapists to the aging baby boomer generation. This is the second year in a row PARADE has identified physical therapists as having a “hot career.”

“These findings simply reflect what we have always known,” said American Physical Therapy Association President R Scott Ward, PT, PhD. “Physical therapists are highly motivated and fulfilled health care professionals. Their satisfaction stems from improving quality of life for patients. It’s gratifying to see the profession receive the recognition it deserves, and it is hoped we will continue to recruit the brightest and the best into the profession.”

Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan of care using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

For more information about a career as a physical therapist, to find a physical therapist, and for more physical therapy news and information, consumers can visit

The American Physical Therapy Association ( is a national organization representing nearly 70,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students nationwide. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapist education, practice, and research.

May 14

If you are graduating soon, you need to be aware of the importance of a strong resume. Your resume is essentially a sales tool, selling you to employers. So how do you make yourself stand out from the crowd? You might hire a professional resume writing service to do the work for you; but even if you ultimately decide to write your own resume, there are a few things you should keep in mind as you begin the process.

First, have a clear objective in mind. Writing a resume without an objective is like shooting an arrow at a blank wall. Without a target, how do you know what you are shooting at? The more specific your objective, the better a resume you can create. If this means creating different versions of the resume for every job you apply for, then so be it.

Second, don’t include information that is completely irrelevant to your objective. Focus on transferable skills – the skills, abilities and knowledge you have gained from all your combined experiences that will be beneficial to you in the job you are seeking.

Finally, be sure to include any volunteerism, internships, co-ops, research projects, and other experience that have helped you become the person you are. You may think you have no work experience, but if you think carefully back over your years in school you may realize that you have had experiences that have been just as valuable as a job in helping you apply the skills you’ve learned in class.

May 11

Most positions available today require at least some technical competency. It is important to show all of your technical skills, with the exception of software, hardware or operating systems that are outdated – say, more than even to ten years old.

Include knowledge of all software applications, operating systems, databases, programming languages, and hardware. If you include a technical skill, show in your work history where, and how, you used it.

Create a separate “technical skills” or “technical summary” section on your resume. Tailor it to the job you are applying for. You might choose to present your information in a table format, or as a comma-delineated list, depending on how lengthy your list and how much space on the resume you have to spare.

If you have taken any technical training that would be useful at work, include it on your resume as well. You should place this information in a “professional training,” “professional development,” or “education and training” section.

Organizations tend to favor candidates who are computer literate. You don’t have to be extremely technically experienced, but do include whatever proficiencies you do possess; it may give you an advantage in your job search.

May 10

The key to a successful career change resume is transferable skills. When you are changing careers mid-life, chances are you already have at least 15 or 20 years of job experience, but it may be completely unrelated to your current career objective – at first glance, that is.

Create a section on your resume for transferable skills, which are the skills and abilities you have acquired from past experiences that are transferable to another type of job or industry. They include such qualifications as leadership, organizational skills and computer literacy.

Don’t let your work experience be the focus of your resume. Instead, use a functional format and highlight skills. Develop a “profile” section at the top of your resume that summarizes who you are. If you have recently completed a degree program that is precipitating your career change, include this education near the top of your resume, but leave off your unrelated education.

You must tailor your resume to your target organizations and positions. Do the hard work for the interviewer – make it easy to see why you would be a good fit. Think of yourself as “new and improved” due to your experience in a different field. You offer flexibility and a fresh perspective, which are appealing qualities to many employers.