Are you searching for physiotherapy jobs for the first time? Or have you struggled to get them in the past despite having the right qualifications? Then you've come to the right place. We are going to outline some CV and cover letter tips to give you an extra boost to land your dream jobs.
How to write physiotherapy CVs and cover letters.
Brushing up a CV and learning to write a more effective cover letter can make all the difference to an applicant’s prospects. It’s the first impression a prospective employer gets that determines whether or not the applicant is invited to interview.
Writing a CV.
As physiotherapy is a client-facing job, prospective employers need to be confident that they’re taking on the right person. For this reason a physiotherapy CV should usually open with a personal description that sums up qualifications and experience but connects these with personal qualities in a relevant way. Adding a photograph is helpful not only in putting across personality but also in encouraging the person reviewing the CV to identify with the person it refers to.
Simply listing past employers on a physiotherapy CV is not enough. What the person reading it will really be interested in is the types of activity those jobs involved, so these need to be clearly outlined under each job heading. It is helpful for applicants to end the CV with a section specifically listing the skills that have been gained during their careers in physiotherapy, together with estimated skill level and the amount of relevant experience they have in each. Finally, a CV should include a clear list of relevant affiliations and credentials.
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Writing a cover letter.
When applying for a lot of different jobs, writing a fresh cover letter for each can be a frustrating business, but it really is essential to getting noticed. Prospective employers need to believe that a candidate is genuinely interested in the position they’re offering—they need to be made to feel like it's one that really matters to the candidate. It’s important to address the letter to the relevant person by name and to do some background research on the organisation that comes through clearly in the letter.
As physiotherapy positions are very varied, a cover letter for a physiotherapy job should focus on the particular area that job involves, touching on other aspects of the candidate’s experience only lightly. It should stress the particular relevant skills the candidate has—for instance, experience of working with people in that demographic or of using particular techniques. It’s OK to be innovative and make suggestions here rather than just copying the list of skills requested in the original advertisement, as long as the relevance remains clear. It is also OK to mention voluntary experience that contributes to this skill set.
In physiotherapy, good communication is vital, so it’s essential that the cover letter is clear and to the point. Candidates are likely to be assessed on how they write as well as what they write. It is vital to check spelling and grammar with care. A cover letter that shows genuine interest and attention to detail will really stand out when the crucial decisions are made.