Instructions to Students for Creating a Résumé
Thank you for your interest in applying to the master's of arts program in speech-language pathology at the University of Kansas. The admissions committee uses a holistic admissions process. Thus, we are looking for specific information in your résumé that complements the other information in your application. Below is a list of skills that we look for in your résumé. It is not necessary that all skills be visible on your résumé. There are other places in the application where you can demonstrate these same skills. Do not be discouraged if you do not have experience in every category.
Skills to demonstrate in résumé:
- Academic ability and preparation: Students need a firm foundation in core speech-language-hearing concepts as well as broader knowledge of related fields so that they are able to learn how to apply this knowledge to clinical situations.
a. Items to include on résumé: Co-majors, minors, certificates that show knowledge of related skills.
- Communication skills: SLPs need to communicate clearly and effectively with clients, families, and other professionals in both spoken and written formats.
a. Items to include on résumé: any experiences related to spoken or written communication (e.g., writing for the school paper, participation in debate, research presentations, jobs involving communication).
- Interpersonal skills: SLPs work with clients, families, and other professionals. Thus, SLPs need to be able to work collaboratively and effectively with a wide range of people.
a. Items to include on résumé: any experience with (1) teamwork (e.g., volunteer or job experience involving working in a group to complete a task); (2) working with others in any context, especially individuals with disabilities (e.g., nanny experience, preschool teaching experience, volunteer experience); (3) clinical experience (e.g., clinical practicum).
- Analytical skills: As part of evidence-based practice, SLPs must critically read, analyze, interpret and apply research to clinical practice. Thus, SLPs need a firm foundation in research, critical thinking, and clinical application.
a. Items to include on résumé: volunteer or paid experience in a research lab, honors or senior thesis; other experiential learning that required critical thinking or clinical application, such as a clinical experience (e.g., clinical practicum).
- Potential for leadership: SLPs advocate for their clients to ensure that appropriate services are received. Likewise, many SLPs choose to advocate for the profession at the local, state, or national level.
a. Items to include on résumé: any leadership experience, including officer positions in a volunteer organization and/or increasing levels of responsibility within a paid position.
- Cultural and linguistic diversity: SLPs have diverse and multilingual caseloads requiring them to value and work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds that differ from their own.
a. Items to include on résumé: personal or academic cultural experiences, including languages spoken (other than English), study abroad experience, volunteer or job experience in communities that differ from your own.
- Visit your university's career center for assistance in constructing your résumé. Brainstorm experiences in each of the six areas listed above and share that draft list along with these instructions with your career center. Your career center will be able to give you advice on how to best display the information.
- Be sure to use transparent labels or explain programs that may not be common across universities. For example, do not list an acronym (e.g., GAP). Use the full name (e.g., Global Awareness Program Certificate). If the meaning isn't obvious from the name (e.g., "She got a certificate in looking at globes?!? What does that have to do with graduate school?!?"), provide a brief explanation (e.g., Global Awareness Program Certificate: A program combining academic, co-curricular, and international experience to develop cultural competence).
- As much as possible, use the terms listed in the six areas above, either as headers on your résumé or in the explanation of different experiences. This will make it obvious to the committee how the experiences relate to your preparation for graduate study and your potential for a successful career as an SLP.
- Do not be afraid to provide details. Just listing something on your résumé does not always tell the full story. The committee wants to know what you actually did and accomplished in different experiences.
- Do pick a format and style for your résumé that is professional, clear, concise, and clean (see University Career Center-Résumés). Your résumé should be easy to read and easy to skim.
- Do not use résumé templates that come with your word processing program (e.g., Microsoft Word). These tend to be inflexible making it difficult to format your résumé.