In a high-demand field like massage therapy, it pays to have an edge during the job search process. We’ll share masseuse-specific resume advice, online writing tools, and a small library of free downloadable resume templates to give you that winning edge.
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Before you can write your resume, you’ll need to determine which of the three resume formats will best elevate your experience level and skills.
Remember that you should always tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for and highlight your most relevant skills. One of the easiest ways to personalize your resume is to create a master list of all of your skills. The benefits of making this master list means that you’ll:
The skills section will vary in size depending on what type of resume you’re creating. For massage therapists with prior experience, a chronological resume is often a good option. In this format, the skills section is incorporated within the work history.
Make sure the skills you’re listing are directly relevant to the post you’re applying for and that you’re framing them in a way that makes you a more enticing hire. One excellent way to make sure you’re covering the needed bases is to be on the lookout for the kinds of keywords that make hiring managers sit up and take notice.
Keywords are common buzzwords and industry-specific terms found in job postings. You can work out what keywords apply to a specific job posting by reading the qualifications section of the job description (and others similar to it) or by frequenting online forums dedicated to massage therapists. Other good sources for keywords are the Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net. See our in-depth skills list or sample listing of possible keywords below:
Your summary statement is the first part of the resume a hiring manager sees and is your chance to highlight your qualifications for the job. It’s meant to directly and concretely answer the question: “Why should you hire me?”
Personalize your summary statement by following a few simple guidelines:
Summary statement example:
“Client-focused massage therapist with 7+ years' experience providing 35- to 90-minute professional massage services. Adapted a wide range of techniques and products to individual needs as a therapist at Athletico Physical Therapy and achieved a company-best 65% return rate. Anticipated client needs to create an ideal setting for relaxation and rehabilitation.”
Your professional history is a crucial part of a massage therapist resume, especially since many positions specifically require experienced candidates. Focus on previous jobs that have directly relevant experience for the position at hand, or at the very least, provided related and transferable experience.
In presenting your work history, you should incorporate the previously identified keywords and skills. Each professional position you list provides its opportunity to mention skills you learned or deployed and mobilize those keywords.
Your work history should be listed chronologically, in reverse order starting with the most recent position you had in the field and going back to your earliest relevant job experience. Keep formatting clean and easy to scan, avoiding too many colors, images, and other design elements. For each entry, you should include:
Work history example:
Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), Athletico Physical Therapy
San Mateo, CA, May 2016–Present
Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), Massage Envy Spa
Twinings, OR, June 2012–April 2016
For a working professional in the massage therapy field, the education and training section confirms that you have the appropriate certifications — particularly when applying to registered massage therapist (RMT) jobs — and to showcase any additional accreditations you’ve acquired related to the field.
Although educational listings for a chronological resume are relatively brief, you can still tailor your resume to the job. Entries in this section can mention specific courses and skills acquired in disciplines where applicable. Remember that the keywords we listed above are still relevant here. Just as with work history, the education and training entries should be provided chronologically in reverse order from most to least recent. Entries could include the following:
Education section examples:
Thai Healing Alliance
Thai Massage Certification, San Mateo, CA — 2017
Oregon State University
Advanced Massage Therapy Diploma, Portland, OR — 2011
Oregon School of Therapeutic Massage
Massage Therapy and Reflexology, Portland, OR — 2009
You can lend additional credibility to your resume with a well-written cover letter. A resume quickly summarizes your massage training, but a cover letter can emphasize your client care and attention to comfort by lending a personal narrative to your resume. Not all hiring managers will read this letter, but those who claim that they’re an important factor in hiring a new massage therapist.
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Your potential income depends on where you practice. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a massage therapist earns these national average salaries across these specialized practices and industries.
If you have no formal work experience but ample academic training, you can still write a powerful massage therapist resume using a functional format.
A functional resume orients your skills and utilizes multiple skills, education, and training sections so you can list the different massage specialties that you can practice. Visit our functional writing guide to learn more about this resume.
Every hiring manager is looking for a unique combination of skills in their new massage therapist. You can pinpoint what massage techniques and customer service skills you need to highlight on your resume by reviewing the open job advertisement. Look for any of the following hints on what a hiring manager is looking for:
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