A massage therapist is considered to be a rewarding job with consistently high levels of job satisfaction. Your main goal as a massage therapist is to make people feel better through relaxation, pain relief, and overall well-being. Not only that, but the role is highly sociable, with many therapists building lists of repeat clients who value their service.
However, as with any role, the journey to securing your ideal massage therapist position can be competitive, particularly if you are fresh out of beauty school and looking for your first position. Some salons and companies will hire those who intern for them, but this is not always the case.
Creating the perfect massage therapist resume, as with anything, takes time and practice. If it were easy, everyone would secure dream jobs left, right, and center! Employers often receive hundreds of resumes for only a handful of posts, so they have to be ruthless when cutting those resumes.
This article will present the key considerations you will need to take when crafting your massage therapist resume.
Recruiters may have so many resumes to look through that they may not even bother reading what’s on the page if the information has not been presented professionally. Inconsistent titles and dates out of line with job summaries are the types of issues that will see your resume rejected.
Ultimately, if a candidate can’t make an effort to ensure that their resume is highly polished, it is often indicative of what they will be like as an employee.
Your resume header should always come first and include your name, address, and contact details. Avoid the temptation to begin with the word, “resume.” Employers will know what they are looking at. Resume section titles should be consistent in terms of font and size. Avoid trying to stand out by using a fancy font. This will come across as gimmicky and unprofessional.
Finally, avoid overloading your resume with too much information. White space is often overlooked as a nifty strategy for resumes. It immediately makes the text more legible and less stressful for the reader, so utilize it where you can.
This section of your resume needs to be carefully tailored to whichever role you are applying for. Many candidates will offer a generic objective of being hard-working and punctual and may stretch to include the sectors they hope to work in. These resumes don’t often get very far.
If you are looking for a position as a massage therapist, then clearly state this as the objective of this resume. If you are going to list a few skills, then they should be the ones most relevant to massage therapy. If you have relevant experience, ensure that this is the first element a potential employer will learn about you.
Previous work experience is a staple of any resume, even if you are applying for a role in which you have not previously worked. Many job roles have several transferable skills needed as a massage therapist.
For example, if you have just finished training but your only previous paid work was in a call center, then think about the types of skills that you need for both roles and focus on these. In this example, you would focus on your communication and problem-solving skills. Study the job specification to see what particular skills and aptitudes the employer is looking for.
You should list your previous roles in reverse-chronological order with precise dates. Rather than listing daily duties (most employers will know what you were likely doing in a call center), focus on your achievements within the role. How did you improve your company? What did you achieve for them?
You can include any internships or volunteer work within this experience section if you have just finished training. You just need to clarify that it wasn’t a salaried position.
By implementing these tips to create your CV, there is no doubt that you will be hearing back from employers sooner rather than later. And for when you are hard at work improving your clients’ lives, our guide on coping with work stress might be just what you need.