The Fitness Zone
By Scott Lloyd-Owen, Regional Master Coach - Massage
Writing a CV can be challenging. It’s hard to put into words all of the skills and experiences that make you a great massage therapist, but there are some key points to remember, particularly for the massage industry.
In essence: keep it short, simple and to the point. Pay attention to the detail and make sure there are no spelling errors.
You can start with a professional summary, highlighting your career goals and ambitions as well as your strengths and key attributes.
You may not have worked in the massage industry before, that’s OK. You may still have transferable skills like great communication or marketing / sales experience. Highlight these as they are key skills required for success in massage.
Talk about your passion for the massage industry, human movement and / or any sports you enjoy. Employers like to see passion and drive in their employees; this is a chance for you to convey to them how motivated you are. Do you play a team sport? You may be a great team player and work well with a variety of personalities. Be sure to make note of this.
Some vital pieces of information do need to be included otherwise you may be overlooked. These include:
- Your previous employment experience - don’t just list your role and duties, talk about your success and achievements.
- Academic qualifications - especially your massage qualifications. You should list when and where you studied and the level of qualification. Did you win an academic achievement award during your course? Write it down!
Employees look for somebody who can hit the ground running, so it’s vital you have the below covered:
- Current first aid – check
- Registration with professional association (like AMT ) – check
- Working with Children check – check
- Appropriate levels of insurance (professional indemnity and public liability) – check
- Eligible to register with all major private health funds for rebates (if applicable) – check
- Any volunteer massage work that you have done - check
Lastly, give it a bit of a “WOW” factor – make YOU stand out from every other applicant! It could be with a bit of colour, personal mission statement or even a quote.
Best of luck out there and enjoy this rewarding