Resume and Cover letter writing tips

Employment listings: CPA Career Centre

  • Know who to address your cover letter
  • Study the clinic or hospital’s website/online presence: vision, mission and goals. How do you fit in with that?
  • Visit the site locally: you can learn a lot by seeing the physical space and getting a sense of the atmosphere. Also note the demographics in your future working environment as a clue as to the variety of clients you will be serving.

How to write a resume and cover letter

Cover letter

  • Take the time to make it unique to each position you are applying for
  • Focus on why you would be a good fit for the place you are applying at. Why are you a good fit? Does your vision or goal align with theirs? What about treatment approaches? What is so appealing to you about the position? What will you bring to them?
  • Show your personality by adding colours or an image: some employers appreciate the added touch of colour or a logo on a resume, which stands out for them more than regular black/white
  • State how your pre‐physio work experience translates to relevant skills: problem‐solving, communication initiatives and approaches and leadership examples 
  • e.g. I managed the finances for all physical therapy school‐based events and coordinated the job fair; through time management skills. I allotted a few hours weekly to team e‐communications, in‐person meetings, problem‐solving and team building, soft skills that are transferable in a clinic‐setting amongst colleagues
  • Relate your learned skills: when listing populations/conditions you worked with, be sure to include what physio skills you acquired, especially unique skills you may have acquired working with a specific population/condition
  • State your CPA membership in your cover letter and resume; this demonstrates commitment to the profession, connection to the physio community, and access/use of resources
  • Include specific details as a new grad such as: How did you hear about the position? When are you available to start working? Have you passed the written competency exam? When are you registered for the practical competency exam?
  • Be Memorable: The final comment on your cover letter is the very last opportunity to make a positive impression. It is a great opportunity to reinforce why you want to work in that particular workplace and why they should be interested in you above all other applicants


  • List references: Consider listing two or three at the end of your resume on a separate page, especially if you have influential/strong references in your professional field 
  • Your references reveal your influences and networks, and make it easy for the interviewer to follow‐up (and maybe even precede) the interview
  • Be memorable: Tailor your resume to fit into the qualifications required in the job description and personalize it so that it is not generic
  • Be unique: In a field of 80 of equally‐skilled new grads, leverage your unique characteristics and interests that enhance your skills and that indicate you are fit for that workplace
  • For example, being a yoga/dance instructor or working as a youth community coach can show personal belief in fitness, health and well‐being, as well as initiative and community leadership—great skills for the right workplace. Just ensure that you explain how such additional skills/experiences/characteristics are relevant and applicable to the job for you are applying