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How to Write Your CV After a Personal Support Worker Course

12 MAR 2012
Career Path : Personal Support Worker

1. Tweak your CV for each new prospective employer.

For each position you apply for after graduating from a personal support worker course, read the job posting with care, and try to craft your resume accordingly.

In an “Job Objective” section at the top of your CV, remember to specify:

  • the job title
  • whether you are applying for a part-time or full-time position

Does the job posting call for applicants with particular skills, for instance, the ability to speak a second language? If so, be sure to put that information in a prominent position at the top of the page, somewhere near the mention of your personal support worker (PSW) courses.

2. List the most relevant job experience first.

You may have worked for years at McDonald’s, but that is less likely to secure a job in your new profession than the co-op placement you did as part of your PSW courses.

3. Distinguish between industry experience and job experience.

You can still include that job at McDonald’s, but list it in a separate section marked “Job Experience” rather than “Industry Experience.”

4. Remember to ask your teachers in PSW courses for referrals.

Impress prospective employers with a recommendation from an industry professional. Ask your favourite teacher in your personal support worker course to write you a glowing referral. Remember to follow up with a letter of your own: a thank you note to let your teacher know that you appreciate their efforts to help you quickly establish a career after PSW courses.

5. But also try to include a referral from a higher up.

When you finish your co-op placement as part of your PSW courses, be sure to ask your supervisor for a letter of recommendation.

6. List your specific experience.

Has your on-the-job training in PSW courses given you first-hand experience of a certain aspect of personal support work? Are you, for example, familiar with:

  • patients with limited mobility
  • patients with memory loss
  • patients with chronic pain
  • patients with cancer
  • patients in palliative care
  • patients in specific community groups

In your PSW courses, did you learn how to administer specific medications? This kind of information can make a new graduate of a personal support worker course more attractive to a prospective employer.

7. List your personal support worker course certificates

Include the following:

  • CPR training
  • crisis management training
  • certificate on handling hazardous materials

8. Include the name of the school where you took your PSW courses.

A typical format might be: PSW courses School, City or Town – Name of degree, Year earned

9. Seek feedback.

Have the job placement service at the school where you took your personal support worker course help evaluate your CV before you start sending it out to prospective employers.

10. Don’t give up!

Graduates of PSW courses are in growing demand. With a little persistence, you will break your way into this rewarding career.