How to Write a Resume for Psychology

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for psychologists is expected to increase by 37,700 new jobs between the years 2010 and 2020. To land one of these new jobs, you must prove to employers that you are the best job candidate for the position. One way to do this is by creating a professional psychology resume. This resume is simple to create, even if you are a recent graduate with limited experience working in the field.

    Step 1

    Type your name and contact information at the top of the resume. Include an email address in your contact information, as many employers elect to communicate via email instead of postal mail. If you have a certification, include the certification behind your name.

    Step 2

    Begin with an “Objective” section to express your career intentions. A sample objective statement is, “To teach psychology classes at a distinguished local high school.”

    Step 3

    Create a “Qualifications” section to list your psychology license and any special certifications you may possess. Include the name of the state issuing your license, the date of issuance and license status. When listing a certification, include the name of the certifying agency, certification type and date of certification.

    Step 4

    Include a “Special Skills” section to list your relevant skills. An example of good skills to list on a psychology resume include conflict resolution, counseling, psychological assessment and child psychology.

    Step 5

    Compose a “Professional Experience” section to document your job experience. List all relevant psychology experience before listing other jobs. If your experience in the psychology field is limited, it is fine to include your internship and practicum experience as part of your professional experience.

    Step 6

    Insert an “Education” section to include your educational background. When listing college degrees, include the name of the university you attended, degree earned, grade point average and graduation date. If you are still taking classes, simply state, “Currently enrolled,” or list your expected graduation date.

    Step 7

    Include a “Professional Associations” section to list any relevant associations you are affiliated with, such as the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

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