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Mental Health Counseling Resume, Cover Letter, Reference Page
Transcript of Mental Health Counseling Resume, Cover Letter, Reference Page
DON’T: Provide in-home therapy for families.
DO: (Similar language from job description) Perform individual and family, agency, and home-based therapy for medically fragile children and their families (parents and siblings) with goal of maintaining intact families and improving family functioning.
Resume, Cover Letter, Reference Page
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
Stand out from the crowd
Get a job interview
Know what the employer is looking for
Help them find it as quickly as possible
Do not use a template - it is hard to tailor it to your needs
Use a professional and clean visual layout
Use bolding, underlining, or italics when necessary, but do not overuse
Keep formatting (e.g. font style and size, bold, italic) consistent
Avoid large blocks of text and use plenty of white space
Place most relevant information first
Create specific headings
List experiences in reverse chronological order
It is your first impression
Summary of Qualifications
Education & Training
Honors & Awards
Mental Health Experience
Case Management Experience
Substance Abuse Experience
Counseling / Advising Experience
1o Essential Tips for Your Social Work Resume.
Retrieved From: http://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/career-jobs/10-essential-tips-for-your-amazing-social-work-resume/
Don’t assume your reader already knows what your job entails
DON’T: Provide psychotherapy to clients.
DO: Provide group and individual outpatient therapy to adult clients at a substance abuse treatment center utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), psychoeducation, and motivational interviewing.
List your accomplishments
DON’T: Completed appropriate and timely documentation according to compliance guidelines.
DO: Recognized need for updated agency forms. Developed 10 clinical and administrative forms, including no-harm contract, behavior contract, and therapist’s behavior inventory, which increased staff efficiency and productivity by 15%.
DON’T: Wrote grants for counseling program in schools.
DO: Co-wrote School Group Experiences proposal, which received a $150,000 grant from State Foundation for Health, resulting in doubling the number of children served in group counseling from 120 children to 240 children.
Quantify your accomplishments
Spell out all acronyms
DON’T: Scored and analyzed clinical assessments to include SIB-R, CBCL, CTRF, or SCQ in packets for families scheduled for autism evaluations.
DO: Scored and analyzed clinical assessments for autism evaluations including Scales of Independent Behavior-Revised (SIB-R), Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), Caregiver/Teacher Report Form (CTRF), and Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ).
Bullets, bullets, bullets
Write your résumé in such a way that it is easy to scan and find the keywords in 30 seconds or less.
Use three to eight bullets to describe your experience and accomplishments.
Do not list every continuing education training you have ever attended
The section on your résumé for Continuing Education or Professional Development should only list the courses that are relevant to the job you are applying for.
Your references should always be available upon request and not on your resume
DON’T: References Available Upon Request
DO: Separate document with your References
Keep it concise
keywords in the job
Identify the qualifications that they are looking for and you have
Omit details if will be posted online
14-16 font, bold
Place most relevant information first: Program name, then university.
Write out the degree name
Month / Year
Use specific headings
Keep format consistent
Position, Location, City, State
Present tense for current jobs.
Avoid "Responsible for..."
for past jobs
Less relevant jobs
List the requested qualifications
if you meet them
Additional relevant training
Specific heading for
most relevant experiences
Incorporate the buzz words
from the job
description into your descriptions
For the less relevant jobs, highlight the
GPA: if competitive
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am-5pm
Location: Landon Student Union - 205
Career Counselor: Gurbet Akdogan, MA
Headings: Upper Case & Bold
Include professional activities
Avoid "References available upon request" on resume
Have a separate page for references
Ask permission from your references before listing them
Inform your references about the job application
To create a favorable, professional impression while you introduce your background and interest in employment.
Why are you interested in the position?
Why are you qualified for the position?
Why should they hire you?
How will you fit in with the organization?
WHAT TO INCLUDE?
• Research the company that you are applying to
• Use the job description as your guide for what to include
• Reference current trends in the industry
BEFORE YOU START WRITING
Include signature. You may use cursive font style for electronic copies.
Address the letter to a specific individual
Use "Hiring Manager" if the name is unknown
Use the proper title
Use a colon
Avoid big paragraphs
Do not exceed 8 lines.
Same font style as resume
Professional business letter style
Identify the qualifications and experiences you meet
You may use the same heading as your resume
Visit employer website
Read "About Us" and "What we do" sections to learn their mission, vision, and programs
Understand what they are proud of and what makes them unique
Examine the job description
After reading the job description & the website
identify 3 qualifications
that are most relevant to
the position, such as:
Experience with a specific population
Experience with a specific issue
Licensure or certifications
Knowledge of a particular approach or intervention
Where you heard
about the position.
Show that you did your research,
and know about the employer
Experience with children
Tailor your cover letter for each position
Highlight the most relevant skills & experiences
Give examples and focus on accomplishments