Psychologist 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 6,549 Psychologist 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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Four Key Resume Tips For Landing a Psychologist 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.
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 Psychologist 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 Psychologist 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
For Psychologists, the skill that stands out above all others in terms of how frequently it shows up on psychologist resumes is group therapy sessions, which is more than twice as common as the next common skill: psychology. Including these skills on your resume won't necessarily make you stand out from the crowd, but they can help reinforce your experience as a psychologist.
Top Skills for a Psychologist
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 6,549 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a psychologist job required by employers is 5.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average psychologist job listing asks for 5.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average psychologist candidate have?
The average psychologist resume contains 7.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your psychologist skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from psychologist 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 Psychologist
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Medicine
  • Post Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.
  • Presented on matters of psychology in various forums including television, radio, and print.
  • Establish and develop new child and family therapy service within the Psychology Department.
  • Co-led PTSD group for combat veterans, and a support group for caregivers of dementia patients (3/97 to 8/97).
  • Conducted training and supervision of senior clinical staff and psychology interns at the Fordham University counseling center.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Psychologist
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Medicine
  • Mentor and supervise 2 students annually from Denver University's Graduate School of Professional Psychology since 2008.
  • Specialized in substance abuse treatment, adolescents and couples as well as working with law enforcement personnel and PTSD.
  • Co-led PTSD group for combat veterans, and a support group for caregivers of dementia patients (3/97 to 8/97).
  • Treated children and adolescents with various disorders including ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, and emotional problems.
  • Frequent psychological evaluations, psychotherapy, EMDR trauma treatment, and forensic consultation.
Day Treatment Clinician/Art Therapist (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Psychologist
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Psychology
  • Assessed, counseled, and advocated for school-aged children with DSM-IV diagnosis.
  • Provided counseling for a wide variety of mental health diagnoses.
  • Provide Counseling services to include Substance and Alcohol Abuse.
  • Collaborated with DCF, families, and other social service agencies to enhance continuity of care.
  • Provide case management and consultation with agencies such as DCF, DMH & DYS.
Outpatient Physical Therapist

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Psychologist
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Psychology
  • Engage patients in DBT-based therapy, both individually and in groups.
  • Assess patient progress and modify treatment programs accordingly; communicate with and counsel family members as appropriate.
  • Provided individual therapy to children and adolescents with severe psychopathology and complex trauma.
  • Supervised MSW s. JCAHO accreditation.
  • Traveled to prisons to assess clients' readiness for assimilation into society for outside treatment and counseling.
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As a psychologist, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Psychologist roles often require a Post-Doctoral Training degree or higher, so the majority of psychologist resumes that we looked at contained a post-doctoral training degree.
Based on our analysis of psychologist resumes, the most common major for psychologist candidates is Clinical Psychology, but other majors made their way in as well. Psychology, Counseling Psychology and School Psychology were relatively common.
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

Psychologist 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 Psychologists. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Psychologists to learn more.

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