Being one of the most intriguing medical specialities, psychiatry is rather popular these days.

Maybe even more than ever. On a daily basis, psychiatrists struggle to help people cope with multiple mental disorders thus improving the quality of their patients’ lives.

Without these soul doctors, a vast number of individuals would not be able to deal with their mental ailments and disorders that prevent them from leading a normal life.

Now, since you are reading this article, you must be a psychiatrist yourself, so I do not need to tell you about the heavy burden you carry every single day.

We fully acknowledge that it takes guts and courage to be a psychiatrist and we thank you for being one.

However, as a psychiatrist, you know that you cannot exercise your skills unless you are properly employed.

And to get employed there are some steps you need to get through, such as presenting yourself to hospitals and other prospective employers, going on the interviews, waiting, and waiting.

I know how frustrating this process can be, so I am here for you today to help you as best as I can.

Maybe the most difficult and boring of these stages is writing a resume.

Most of the times, you do not know what to do and how to write it. But, mark this.

  • Your Resume is an ID of sorts that tells an employer who you are and what you can do.
  • The whole idea behind is to find an appropriate template that is not sketchy (if you aren’t sure which one is right for you, we can offer our lovely resume template builder);
  • The resume MUST be written in a strictly precise language;
  • Organize and prioritize! Say only what truly matters and make it properly displayed;
  • And yet, do not provide too many pieces of information.

Scared, aren’t you? Well, don’t be.

The remaining part of my modest writing will guide you through the resume writing process, giving you all the advantages by providing real-life examples and details steps.

This will all help you find out how to professionally charm your next employer with a spotless resume.

Psychiatry Resident Resume Example

Right

Certified Psychiatrist Resume Example

Right

With these two resumes, I conclude the sample part of my writing. The previous samples are an excellent example to follow since this is where you will find all the phrases and dirty little tricks.

Still, don’t be fooled that the employers aren’t aware of these. They are, but they still fall for them.

Anyways, keep reading to discover some actual guidelines on writing a resume that will help you get the job you want and deserve.

At the same time, allow me to share with you the news how we have our resume template builder that can serve you just as well.

TIME TO INTRODUCE YOU TO WRITING PERSONAL INFORMATION SECTION

When writing a resume, it is natural that you will have to follow a specific order. I gave you the practical example, and now we will go through it step by step.

Name

Being a psychiatrist, you are absolutely aware of the importance of one’s identity. So, start your professional presentation by giving your full first and last name.

Alina Torres or Mark Bailey
Right
Alina Aloska Torres or Mark Bailman
Wrong

Trough your profession and general knowledge of the world, you know that nicknames are an informal way to address someone, so you can omit them in your resume.

Of course, you should give a false name under no circumstances. However:

Pro Tip
Useful Tip:

In case that you change your name legally and officially, make sure to update your resume accordingly. Otherwise, you’re in for some serious and pointless explaining process.

Profession

Again, this is another identification point, so make sure to indicate it properly.

Psychiatry Resident or Certified Psychiatrist
Right
Resident/Postgraduate or Degree in Psychiatry
Wrong

In medical professions, you can also make use of abbreviations, since they are common knowledge, yet I strongly advise that you add the full title, at least in brackets.

Photo

Now we come to a tricky part since adding a photo is a bit questionable issue in terms of political correctness. Not to go into too many details, I will just say – forget the groundless comments on how providing a photo is discrimination. Just go straight ahead and include one.

Why? First of all, why shouldn’t you? Second of all, you will be working with people suffering from various and serious disorders, and you need to be absolutely confident about yourself.

Omission to include a photo might indicate completely opposite, so feel free to add it. Anyhow, I will not insist any further, so this is completely up to you.

Once you decide to add a photo, you know already that you can’t just choose any. To briefly remind you, here comes my list with yes and no when it comes to a photo in a resume.

Photo instructions

  • Photo of you alone taken against a neutral background
  • Tidy and neat physical appearance in general (clothes, hair, beard, etc.)
  • Light and minimum make-up (for ladies)
  • Proper posture
  • Natural facial expression (with a hint of a smile, eyes open)

Right
Photo instructions

  • Colourful and group photos
  • Messy and untidy physical appearance
  • Inappropriate make-up (for ladies)
  • Slouching or otherwise improper posture
  • Overreactions in facial expressions (grin, laugh, eyes closed)

Wrong

Keep it professional to be sure that you are leaving the right impression.

Pro Tip
Additional Tip:

Use a photo of your chest-up.

Phone Number

Giving a phone number is how you make it possible for employers to get in touch with you.

So, don’t make a mistake to omit it or give an old number.

To be in the clear, always check and make sure that it is updated in case you changed it.

Address

Including your address is not obligatory, but yet it leaves a better impression overall.

Anyhow, it is useful since it can, in a way, show your willingness to move place for work.

Obviously, if you live in another state you would not apply for a job if you really did not want it that bad.

It might also come in handy if the employer needs to send over some forms or other written documents.

E-mail Address

Your e-mail address is another way for the employer to get in touch with you.

t_alina@gmail.com or b.mark87@gmail.com
Right
pretty_alina@gmail.com or partyman@gmail.com
Wrong

If you use the e-mail address with some silly name or a nickname, don’t list it here. the reason is that your e-mail also needs to be neat and professional. Also, if you have multiple e-mail addresses, don’t give them all. One is just fine.

Pro Tip
Pro Tip:

Take care that the e-mail address you include is easily pronounced and spelt. This is just to avoid confusion if you need to share it again over the phone. Don’t miss out a good opportunity just because someone misunderstood your e-mail address.

SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILES – YES AND WHY NOT?

Social networks a guilty pleasure of sorts, so it’s hard to believe that you do not have at least one of these accounts, even though you know how harmful they can be at times.

Still, if you doubt whether to include these, then maybe don’t.

But, if you still do, pay proper attention to what people can see about you here.

So, as a free tip, I will just tell you to go to your settings and limit visibility so as to avoid being misunderstood or embarrassed.

Still, there is one social network that is highly recommended as a part in your resume, and that is your LinkedIn account. It will give the proper pieces of information and the right work history and interest, as opposed to Facebook or similar.

With social media profiles, we have fully covered the personal details so we can proceed to our next subheading. And, that is…

THE ATTENTION GRABBER – SUMMARY SECTION 

This is the section which takes up such a tiny space in your resume and yet is a rather effective one.

As I’m talking about a quality-oriented part and not quantity, let me just tell you that here you need to rely on language and its proper use.

And if you ask me how?, well, check this out!

Summary

  • Certified medical transcriptionist/Psychiatry Resident
  • with over 6 years/ more than 4 years of related experience
  • Specialized in…with the focus on
  • Being proactive (and put my skills and knowledge to practical use/ to use the acquired knowledge, skills and experience

Right
Summary

  • Omitting your profession/speciality
  • With experience/experienced
  • Weak language forms and non-descriptive language in general
  • Being passive

Wrong

It is with the summary section that you catch the eye of the reader raising their interest in you as a potential employee. For more in-depth information, check this summary section guide!

And since I mentioned that language you use is of crucial importance, let me just briefly elaborate. If you say “psychologist looking for a job”, you are a) stating the obvious and b) sounding uninterested.

On the other hand, when you say “put my skills and knowledge to practical use” you are showing your dedication and a strong desire to make a contribution to the new position.

Again, use precise language and if you sometimes cannot achieve this with words, you can reach for numbers.

Namely, “with experience” and “with more than 4 years of experience” tell a completely different story. And, I’m sure you know which one will serve you better and why.

Moreover, should you write your resume as I indicated wrong, believe me, you will disqualify yourself almost immediately.

As a psychiatrist, you must be at a certain (read, high!) level of written and oral communication, so if you scramble your resume, not even your extensive experience will do the trick for you.

AND NOW YOU TELL THEM WHAT YOU CAN DO – EXPERIENCE SECTION

With this section, you are paving the way to your new job!

This is where you finally convince the next employer you are right for them.

And if you maybe lack the required experience, don’t be afraid to say so. You certainly will have some other qualities to compensate for this, such as your skills and education.

When providing your experience details, know that you need to provide the full names of previous employers as well as the position you held in the company.

Moreover, you will have to include a brief description of the position and/or tasks you were in charge of as well.

Of course, before any of these, you will have to include the time period you spent working there.

Pro Tip
Extra Tip:

Do not give false details, since this is all easily checked and verified!

See how this works in practice.

Right
Wrong

If you have any concerns on how your experience section should look like, then know that the examples I provided are precisely what a potential employer wants to see in your resume. Everything I singled out in the column designated “Right” is what you need to incorporate in your own resume.

These are the most typical phrases to use and as for the rest, just be honest what you did while you worked somewhere and take care that the language is technical, pertaining to your profession.

Pro Tip
Additional Tip:

The jobs that are not related to what you are currently applying for are duly omitted from your resume. You do not want to bother the employer with irrelevant details that have nothing to do with the qualifications required for the job of a psychiatrist.

By the way, let me remind you of our resume template builder! It is a perfect tool to get your resume done in a matter of minutes.

Finally, just let me add that the professional experience is listed starting with the most recent one, and not vice versa.

THE ROUGH PART OF EDUCATION (SECTION)

Your education is listed immediately after the experience section. Now check this out.

Right
Wrong

Just like with your professional experience, under education, you also need to include full names of the educational institutions you attended.

Same goes for the time period and the field of study. There are many ways to put your education to work on your resume.

What is interesting to note is that with education, you can only list the highest degree you obtained.

However, our samples show a rather specific situation, so our applicant No. 1 listed the previous education in addition to currently pursuing a residency in psychiatry.

As for our second candidate, in addition to his duly completed residency, he also listed the fellowship and board certification.

In the end, let me tell you that education is also listed in the same way as experience, that is, in the reversed chronological order.

SKILLS SECTION – IS LESS ACTUALLY MORE?

Yes, it is!

Prioritizing is what you need to do. And this is a perfect opportunity for me to tell you that this is how the employers want you to write the skills section.

Skills

  • Highly skilled in oral and written communication, especially exhibited in the interaction with patients
  • Excellent in/Proficient
  • Exceptionally calm
  • Highly perceptive

Right
Skills

  • Good in communication
  • Talkative
  • Can handle stress
  • Notices things

Wrong

I already explained the benefits of strong language forms and language precision. Also, make adequate use of profession-related terms.

And of course, use the phrases marked Right in abundance.

It is hard to imagine nowadays that you can speak only your native language. Languages are a very important tool in your professional life in terms of research or communication with fellow professionals around the world. This is why the languages you speak are a special subset of your skills.

Languages in Skills Section

  • English/Russian/Spanish (native)
  • German (Intermediate)
  • English (Proficient)

Right
Languages in Skills Section

  • English
  • German
  • Russian

Wrong

I don’t really think there’s the need to tell you that you should only list the languages you can use for meaningful communication. Again this is easily checked just like the level of your knowledge.

The ending section of your resume is organized around general interests and activities you engage in when you have some spare time.

Again, prioritizing is key. Just list those that you truly spend time doing. Otherwise, you’re just giving away too many irrelevant details.

Pro Tip
Pro Tip:

Make sure to include only those activities that make you look good in the eyes of the employer.

And, remember our resume template builder? Feel free to use it and make yourself that perfect CV.

ADDITIONAL SHORT & SWEET TIPS & TRICKS:

  • Duly and timely update your resume to avoid giving any false and/or incorrect data.
  • Prioritize and adapt the resume to the position you are applying for; otherwise, you might end up sending a pointless list of irrelevant details.
  • Always, without exceptions, double-check your writing for grammar or punctuation mistakes.
  • Be precise, informative and interesting (my guide told you how to achieve all of these).

CONCLUSION

All of us have faced various obstacles while looking for a job. Sometimes these obstacles are found even with the first step in your job quest. You often aren’t sure how to write the best possible presentation of yourself and your work-related skills.

And even though psychiatry is an ever-developing speciality, you might often be perplexed how psychiatrists are having difficulties in getting hired. Now, this has come to an end!

With this guide I prepared for you, you will write a brilliant resume quickly enough and you will be ready to send it to new employers without worrying if you did something wrong.

Check out our resume builder and save tons of time while creating the most awesome CV ever!

So once you get the job, the rest is upon you.

You’re welcome!

Psychiatrist Resume: Sample & Complete Guide

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