Resume and Interview Tips

Where to Look for a Job

  • Search for job listings on online job portals

  • Attend job fairs and national and state conferences to establish connections

  • Reach out to your network of colleagues and classmates; utilize email and social media (i.e., Linked In, Glass Door, etc.) 

  • Contact your former fieldwork site about opportunities (Lawrence & Marquard, 2021)


Preparing your Resume/CV

  • Sections to Include:

    • Objective or summary statement (relevant to the position that you are applying to)

    • Education and degrees earned

    • Licenses and/or certifications

    • Fieldwork experiences including advanced learning experiences

    • Prior work experience as it applies to the job you are applying to (do not list every babysitting or retail job you ever had)

    • Special skills (i.e., foreign languages, American sign language, etc.) 

    • Awards or publications (relevant to your job search)

    • Participation in professional organizations, such as OTAC and AOTA (Lawrence & Marquard, 2021)

Resume Dos and Don’ts:

Do

Don’t

Keep it no more than 2 pages in length

Use a small font to fit more information in

Tailor your resume to each job that you apply for by aligning with the job description 

Use multiple fonts

Optimize for applicant tracking systems; use keywords related to the specific job 

Go overboard by including too much information or obvious skills (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, etc.)

Ensure you use accurate contact information

List school courses that you have taken

Highlight your most relevant experiences or skills; emphasize transferable skills

Use “I” statements

Create an individualized and powerful objective or summary statement

Use the same resume for multiple applications 

Use coincide bullet points to list responsibilities 

Use “reference upon request;” instead, list 1 to 2 references 

Start bullet points with powerful verbs, such as managed, assessed, administered, lead, etc. (not “I” statements)

Use a lot of colors, underlining or other high level formatting features

Proofread several times

Include your grade point average

Send as a PDF

Send as a Word document


(Lawrence & Marquard, 2021)


  • The Cover Letter

    • Be brief; do not tell your whole life story or regurgitate your resume

    • Use spelling and grammar check; proofread several times

    • Items to include in a cover letter:

      • Describe your unique qualifications and strengths that relate to the requirements of the job

      • Explain what you can bring to the company and team

      • Describe what you think the company can bring to you or do to continue your professional abilities

      • Thank the company for their time and consideration of your application (Lawrence & Marquard, 2021)


  • Good Questions Show Interest During an Interview

    • What does a typical day/week look like?

    • What is the typical caseload?

    • What are productivity expectations?

    • What assessments and equipment are available?

    • Can you observe or shadow before accepting an offer?

    • What does the orientation process consist of?

    • Is there a clinical ladder or a path for professional growth?

    • Is there mentorship available? Is it onsite or remote?

    • Does the company support or reimburse for continuing education, state association membership or licenses? (Lawrence & Marquard, 2021)


  • Do You Accept the Job?

    • What is a typical day in the setting? Are you paid for your time? 

    • What are the productivity expectations? Does that impact reimbursement? 

    • Did other practitioners appear professional and collegial? Were they happy to be there? 

    • What did client-therapist interactions look like? 

    • Did you observe occupation-based interventions in the setting?

    • What is the condition of the equipment? 

    • Do practitioners use evidence in their everyday practice?

    • What are the salary and benefits (i.e., health care, retirement plan, vacation time, etc.)?

    • Does the facility or setting align with your values? (Lawrence & Marquard, 2021)


  • Salary

    • Be prepared to discuss and negotiate; do not be afraid to counter an offer or ask if the company is at the top range of their offer

    • Click here OT salary information 

    • Click here OTA salary information

    • If you’re a member of AOTA you can find additional salary information here


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References

AOTA State Affairs Group. (2021, February 20). OTA supervision requirements.

https://www.aota.org/-/media/corporate/files/secure/advocacy/licensure/stateregs/supervision/ota-supervision-requirements.pdf


American Occupational Therapy Association. (2021). Occupational therapy roles. https://www.aota.org/About-Occupational-Therapy/Professionals.aspx 


American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November/December 2014, Vol. 68, S34-S40. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2014.686S04


Lawrence, L., & Marquard, S. (2021, April 17). Interview and resume techniques and tips.[PowerPoint slides].