Clinician Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 26,513 Clinician resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Clinician Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Group Therapy Sessions, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Clinician Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Clinician CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand clinician skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a clinician : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Clinician
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 26,513 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a clinician job required by employers is 2.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average clinician job listing asks for 2.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average clinician candidate have?
The average clinician resume contains 6.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your clinician skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from clinician resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Clinician
Master's Degree
Master's Degree - Real Estate
  • Assist in the community by conducting groups in local schools.Trained in EMDR basic training.Trained in EMDR group protocol.
  • Counseled individuals, families, and groups.
  • Provided counseling for a wide variety of mental health diagnoses.
  • Provide individual and family counseling services to clients that face a variety of psychological problems.
  • Shore term EAP counseling specializing in work related issues and marital dysfunction.
Primary Counselor (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Clinician
Master's Degree
Master's Degree - Psychology
  • Facilitated IOP treatment groups both Level II, Level I services, and family groups.
  • Maintain a caseload of 20-25 clients at the partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and routine outpatient levels of care.
  • Complete bio psychosocial assessments, treatment plan, treatment plan review, ASAM, transfers of care and discharge.
  • Conducted In-service training for staff entitled Providing Culturally Competent Services to Hispanics.
  • Provide individual counseling to survivors of domestic and Sexual violence.
Outreach Worker (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Clinician
Master's Degree
Master's Degree - Public Health
  • Focused support of MVP Medicaid, Family health plus and child health plus and Medicare population interventions.
  • Provided HIV testing to clients which included pre and post-test options and educational counseling, and referrals to other agencies.
  • Complete MDS paperwork and gather necessary pertinent information.
  • Perform social assessment to identify registrant needs and develop interdisciplinary plan of care.
  • Analyzed public health programs data for Prince George's County Health Department STD clinic.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Clinician
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Psychology
  • Serve as Director of the behavioral sleep medicine program for the treatment of insomnia and PTSD-related sleep problems.
  • Nurse clinician III Neuroscience Unit Monitored seizure patients to determine if they were a possible candidate for surgery.
  • Compete trauma assessments with youth as needed based on information provided during individual session and at admission.
  • Completed EAP alcohol/drug evaluations and referral, including treatment for addiction.
  • Provided speech-language pathology services as a Master's student under the guidance of Clare Gastineau, M.S., CCC-SLP.
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Since clinician roles are fairly specialized, a strong educational background is important. Our data showed that most clinician resumes list a master's degree as the highest level of education.
Overwhelmingly, those applying to clinician positions majored in Social Work. Some of the other common majors that appear on clinician resumes include Mental Health Counseling, Counseling Psychology, and Psychology.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Clinician Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Clinicians. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Clinicians to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%