Occupational therapists create individually placed treatment plans for patients (injured, ill, or disabled) that need rehabilitation through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. This may include counseling and developing, recovering, and improving the skills required for daily working, as well as providing suggestions to change environment and live a normal or near-normal life. The work of an occupational therapist requires much in terms of managing patients’ anxiety and mentoring patients.

Resume written by occupational therapists need to include information in logically arranged sections. Since the job of an occupational therapist is mainly to assist people with mental, physical and social disabilities, employers are very choosy to pick the right one. A well written resume can do wonders for your chances to be called in for an interview.

Occupational Therapist Resume Format

The following two different types of formats are widely used for building an occupational therapist resume:

Chronological: This kind of resume is based on past experiences. It usually have limited number of headings, listings your experiences in a reverse chronological order.

Functional: This format of Occupational Therapist Resume consists of headings (skills, expertise, professional Experience and the like). Multiple headings will help you highlighting your core competencies, skills and related experience. Below is an example of a functional resume of Occupational Therapist. We strongly recommend this format.

➜ Font Type: Use Times New Roman, Calibri, Verdana, Arial or another plain font throughout resume

➜ Font size: 10-12 pt with your name in 16-18 pt font

➜ Layout: Margins 0.5 to 0.9

➜ Template: Say No to ready-made resume templates. They can limit your flexibility, formatting and individuality

Occupational Therapist Resume Tips and Suggestions

➜ Length: One page for entry level and less experienced candidates. Two pages for experienced candidates

➜ If writing a 2 pages resume; mention your name, contact details and page number in the header

➜ Proofread at least three times for any spelling and grammar mistakes

➜ Print on a high-quality resume paper. If sending through an Email, attach as a PDF document

➜ Don’t Misrepresent Yourself: Be honest – never lie

➜ Experience: Use past tense for previous experiences and present tense for current experiences

➜ Entry level candidates draw emphasis to relevant courses and projects in place of experience

➜ Include key accomplishments along with job duties under each job title in experience section

➜ Don’t include references on your resume


Occupational Therapist Resume Sample


Alison Buff

23 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 66732
(500) 999-9999, alison @ email . com


SUMMARY: A results-oriented and passionate professional with 8 years’ experience in assessing patients and interpreting core evaluations to determine the nature of illness or dysfunction. Strong background of planning and imparting care plans based on individual patients’ needs.

• Well-versed in establishing a treatment plan for patients and identifying activities and specific goals to be accomplished
• Adept at using observations, answers, and remedial history to assess the patient’s condition and needs


• Licensed from state of North Carolina
• Affiliated with American Occupational Therapy Association


● Neurodevelopment Techniques● Blood-borne Pathogens
● Pre-fabricated Splinting● Adaptive Equipment
● First Aid and CPR● MMT and ADL


Therapy Management Corporation, Charlotte, NC                           Mar 2006 – Present
Occupational Therapist

• Screen and evaluate patients in accordance to physician’s evaluation
• Establish and implement individually designed care plans for patients
• Instruct patients and families in the appropriate use of equipment to aid physical dysfunctions
• Suggest skills that will aid patients with reacquiring lost skills
• Plan and conduct occupational therapy programs
• Recommend changes in patients’ living environment to accommodate their disability

Major Achievements
• Successfully designed and implemented a mass rehabilitation program encompassing patients with both mental and social disabilities
• Conducted a series of seminars on mental and social health rehabilitation at the Hilton between years 2009 and 2012

Hallmark Rehabilitation, San Gabriel, CA                                    Feb 2005 – Jan 2006
Occupational Therapy Assistant

• Provided therapy services to patients in accordance with individual treatment plans
• Assisted in performing therapeutic exercises to assist with patient mobility
• Provided education to patients and their families on patient issues and their resolution
• Assisted the occupational therapist with devising and imparting care plans
• Trained patients in the proper use of therapy equipment

Major Achievements
• Wrote a paper on Social Occupational Therapy published in Therapy Today
• Trained two groups of new hires as occupational therapy assistants


STATE UNIVERSITY, San Gabriel, CA – 2007
Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy


• Occupational therapy equipment training to facilitate rehabilitation
• Suggesting home and vehicle modification techniques
• Knowledge of using prosthetic and orthotic devices
• Excellent knowledge of medical technology
• Efficient verbal and written communication skills