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19 Power Words for Your Occupational Therapy Resume

When you’re applying for your first occupational therapy position, you’re going to want your resume to sell you.

That piece of paper needs to showcase your finest fieldwork moments and highlight your strongest attributes.

Part of the art of creating a strong occupational therapy resume lies in your selection of powerful words.

Most of the information in your resume is going to be a discussion about your fieldwork or work experience, but the way that information is presented can dramatically affect the way you are viewed by the facility.

By using powerful words and ensuring consistency throughout your resume, you will come across as a polished, expert communicator.

You will be somebody the facility is psyched to interview!

NGOT came up with some terms that will help give your OT resume a boost.

Hard terms for your occupational therapy resume

Hard terms are distinct, evident, and convey a defined expertise within a specified profession, such as occupational therapy.

When your resume is being reviewed, you want your experience and knowledge to stick out. The ability to express your skill set on a piece of paper will clue your interviewers into your communication skills.

As we all know, good communication is at the heart of occupational therapy.

Hard terms that can be included:

  • Analyze
  • Interpret
  • Prioritize
  • Disseminate
  • Lead
  • Initiate
  • Manage
  • Schedule
  • Streamline
  • Demonstrate (as in demonstrated supervisory skills, initiative, adaptability, etc..)
  • Communicate

Soft terms for your occupational therapy

Characteristics from an individual’s personality are difficult to convey verbally, let alone in a resume.

It is even more difficult when these personality traits are for a focused profession, such as occupational therapy.

Soft terms specifically relate to personality and qualities a facility might be seeking in a potential occupational therapist.

When constructing your resume it’s good to look at some employment postings for ideas as to the characteristics employers are looking for a perspective practitioner.

It’s also wise to refer to the mission statement of potential employers for characteristics of the facility itself. This is a particularly helpful if a facility is geared toward client care and satisfaction.

Here are some examples of soft terms:

  • Empathetic
  • Compassionate
  • Dedicated
  • Organized
  • Analytical
  • Productive
  • Adaptable
  • Team player (Great for interdisciplinary teams)

How to use hard and soft terms

Now that you have a general understanding of occupational therapy resume terminology, it is time to put that knowledge to use.

There are several ways of implementing hard skills; however, the main way is with consistency.

When describing how evaluations or assessments were being administered, be consistent with the language used.

Here’s an example of hard terms: “Evaluated, designed, and implemented functional interventions to maximize occupational performance of the client”

Now that your hard terms are dialed in, let’s take a quick look at your soft terms. These can be used within your personal mission statement or within the description of your work experience as well.

Here’s an example of soft terms: “Compassionate pediatric occupational therapist dedicated to maximizing clients’ functional potential”
Not even sure where to start with your resume? Check out How to Write the Perfect Occupational Therapy Resume.

At New Grad Occupational Therapy we are here to help you as much as possible. We use our experience to help others just as we want to help our clients.

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About Matthew Alpert, OTR/L

Matthew Alpert, OTR/L
Graduate of Touro College currently practicing as an Occupational therapist at C.J. Allen Upper Extremity & Hand Therapy and educating young minds as Adjunct faculty at Nassau Community College.

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  1. Susan Lukachko

    Would love a PDF of your resume! Thank you!

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