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Sample Personal Support Worker Resume


A resume, in any profession, is a marketing tool and is the first point of contact with a potential employer.

This is your sales pitch.

This is where you start the process of “selling” you to an employer.  A good resume can lead to consideration. A great PSW resume will influence hiring manager’s decision and lead to an interview.

So, it is absolutely necessary to make a good first impression by creating a Personal Support Worker resume that presents you in a positive light and positions you as the best candidate for the job you are applying for.  

You may also wish to check out a complete guide on how to write a PSW resume which covers the following topics:

  • Resume on a fish HookWhat type of resume is best for PSW jobs?
  • Resume format and sections
  • Using keywords in a resume
  • Using action/power words in a resume
  • Proofreading, and
  • What not to include in a resume          

Further in the article you’ll find important points to keep in mind while putting together your resume. We will dissect each section of a PSW’s resume.

You’ll also find four professional PSW resume samples that you can either view or download as a MS Word copy. You are welcome to use the templates to prepare your own resume.

Before we go into further details, here are some important points to keep in mind when writing your resume:

  • Do not try to get cute or fancy with your resume.  Stick to one color (preferably black) ink/type, don’t use hard to read fonts, and once you settle on a format, stick with that format.
  • Brevity is a must.  You are condensing your entire professional history into two pages, and you want to make sure that you include the relevant information.  You can provide the minimal amount and still give a clear picture of who you are and what you can do.
  • Realize that some organizations have their own set templates for resumes and resume submissions.  Don’t grow too attached to the format you have chosen.  It may not fit every organization’s needs and expectations.
  • Update your resume regularly.  Best practices dictate that as you complete job relevant trainings, move within an organization, or receive awards/commendations, you should take out your resume and update it with the new information.

Some sections of the resume can be moved or shifted to meet your needs.  For example, you can list education before experience or after.  You can list volunteer experience among your work experience or as a separate section.  Resumes must be flexible.

So let’s dive right in!

THE NUMBER OF PAGES

The number of pages in your resume is vital.  You want one that is long enough to list all your relevant education and experience; however, you also don’t want it to be so long that the hiring manager loses interest halfway through.

We recommend a resume no longer than two (2) pages in length.

THE HEADER

The first item on your resume will be your contact information, sometimes referred to as a header.

The header should be slightly larger than the body of your resume; however, it should not take up more than 3.8 cm of space at the top of the page.

The header includes:

  • Your name,
  • Address,
  • Telephone number(s), and
  • Email address.

 

A solid, professional looking font such as Times New Roman, size is sufficient for your header. Use 18-20 font size for your name.  You can put your name or the entire heading in bold type as well.

This information is crucial.

Your resume can be a perfect fit for the position; however, if you fail to add your contact information, the potential employer will not know how to get in touch with you.

THE TAG LINE

Your next item will be your tag line.  This is where you give a brief overview of who you are and what you can bring to the table.

Your tag line is the first part of your sales pitch.  This is the bait that draws the employer in.

In your tag line, you will want to show why you are the best candidate for the position.  You will expand on this in the next sections of the resume, but this line can make or break you when it comes to sorting the resumes for interviews.

The tag line should not be more than 3-4 lines.  A sample tag line for Personal Support Worker resume could look something like this:

Dedicated, passionate and highly motivated with more than two years of quality experience and an excellent track record in providing compassionate patient care in Long Term care, Nursing Homes and community settings. Fully computer literate and proficient in both, paper and computer charting.

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

As with your heading, the relevant work experience Section is also a crucial piece of your resume.

This is where you back up your tag line with a more in-depth look at what you have done in the past to support your statement.

You should always start with your current or most recent employment and work your way backwards.

Items you need to include in this section are:

  • Organization name,
  • The dates of employment,
  • City and province, and
  • Job duties.

This gives a comprehensive view of what you did and who you worked under.  This section should look like the following:

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE 

Name of the organization •   July 2010 to Present

City, Ontario

  • Perform direct patient care, assistance with elimination/toileting/personal hygiene, nutrition, Activities of Daily Living, assisting with patient turns, mobilization and transport by being sensitive and empathetic to the needs of the residents.
  • Actively participate and report in the Assessment, Care planning, Implementation and Evaluation of outcomes in the Physical Activity Programming of the residents.
  • Diligently practice good sanitation and sterile techniques to avoid infection and the spread of contagious illness.
  • Consistently exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with residents, families and visitors.
  • Advocating and participating in maintenance of resident’s skin integrity.

Name of the organization •   July 2010 to Present

City, Ontario

  • Anticipated and provided assistance with feeding, mobility, bathing, grooming, personal hygiene, toileting and incontinence care of Dementia and Alzheimer’s clients in the community settings.
  • Coordinated and assisted elderly patients in the community with daily chores, feeding, bathing, dressing, and housekeeping.
  • Provided compassionate community respite care to the families of clients with advanced Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • Organized social and recreational activities for clients including medication management. 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

It is important that you include as much information as possible while still maintaining a two page resume in order to give that potential employer a clear picture of who you are and what experience you have.

In this section, you can include any volunteer experience or you can include volunteer experience in a separate section.

Never underestimate the value of volunteer experience.

While you may not have received monetary compensation for the work, you are showing a prospective employer that you are actively involved in your career and your community.

You are showing your prospective employer that you will not only be an asset on the job, but will also be a good community ambassador for that organization. A volunteer section could look like this:

Name of the organization •   July 2010 to Present

City, Ontario

  • Assessment and assisting in the care for Dementia, challenging behaviors, the frail elderly, palliative care or high intensity needs care.
  • Advocating for residents with visual and hearing impairments and also assisting residents with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • Collaborate with the clerk in maintaining bulletin board and update the information kiosk with new pamphlets.
  • Render constructive feedback in order to improve effectiveness of the activities organized for the residents.
  • Engaged in the transport of residents to the church and for other leisure activities.

Name of the organization •   July 2010 to Present

City, Ontario

  • Offered excellent customer service and provided information to the families/visitors and escort them to various rooms/departments of the Retirement Centre.
  • Provided support to residents and staff, assisting with patient feeding, ice water delivery and clerical support.
  • Providing cognitive and physical stimulation to the residents, both one on one and in groups.
  • Adhering to the policies and procedures of the facility and ensuring resident safety.
  • Visiting residents and encouraging social interaction.

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

The next item on your resume is the Professional Skills and Accomplishments Section.

This is where you list all the performance awards, exceptional service awards and other recognition you have received for your work.

This is also where you outline skills where you may not have been formally rewarded, yet still excel in.  The Professional Skills and Accomplishments Section should look something like this:

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Exceptional interpersonal and comprehension skills with constant endeavours to improve and develop effective communication skills.Familiarity and comply with all health and safety regulations and reports any injury, illness, unsafe acts or conditions.
  • Proficient in filling out necessary forms/surveys and completing mandatory paper and computer charting.
  • Outstanding ability to prioritize and organize tasks according to institutional and resident needs.
  • Fostered multitasking and Team Player skills with flexibility in meeting employer needs.
  • Extensive experience in Long Term care, Nursing Homes and Community setting.
  • Excellent attendance, punctuality and work record. 

The information you provide here shows what makes you an outstanding candidate.

Any awards you have received that are relevant for the position you are applying for should go into this section.

Look at this section as your area to brag a little.

Your accomplishments are no small achievement and should be celebrated.  This is the polish on your sales pitch.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATES

The next section is the Education and Certification/Certificates Section.  This section shows what kind of formal training you have had that makes you the ideal candidate for the position you seek.

This should include any continuing education trainings you have completed following your graduation from the Personal Support Worker diploma program.

With this section, you should start with the primary training first and then list the continuing education following that.  All should be in chronological order with the most recent being last.

This is also where you can show trainings that are not required, but pertinent to, the position you are applying for.  Some examples are courses on nutrition, computer usage, and social activities for the demographic you are working with.  This is also where you will show you are current in all renewable trainings such as CPR and First Aid.

Education and certificates section should look something like this:

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATES

  • Registered Certified Personal Support Worker
    • Name of College
  • Standard First Aid including Level “C” Two-Rescuer, CPR for Health care professionals’ certificate
    • Name of organization from where certification received
  • Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) in Dementia care, Responding to Persons with challenging behaviors
    • Advanced Gerontological Approaches (AGE)
  • The Trained Eating Assistant Program
    • Name of organization from where certification received

REFERENCE SECTION

Lastly, you may want to list additional references at the end of your resume.  There are some pros and cons to including this line.

Be very cautious when using clients or family members of clients as references.  You want to make sure that you have their express, written permission to use them as a reference so you can avoid violating any health care privacy laws.

The additional references could be co-workers, teachers, or others who are highly familiar with your work skills and work ethics.

If you do not wish to list references, but want a potential employer to know that you have such individuals who can attest to your abilities, you can add the line “References Provided Upon Request” or “Additional References Provided Upon Request.”  You do not have to include this line as it is inferred that you would have references.

Again, a good resume can lead to consideration, but a great resume will lead to a job interview.

Make sure your resume is not what is standing between you and your career choice.

Treat your resume with the same loving care you would any of the patients you care for.  Give it the time and attention it needs to be the best sales pitch ever.

Check out the sample templates that you can use to help you build your resume.

Following is a Personal Support Worker resume sample. This can be used to create one of your own:

Click here to download an editable file of a PSW Resume. 

Click here, here and here to download three more Personal Support Worker Resume templates. 



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  • Lori

    It’s a great resume template. I have used it to creat one of my own. Thanks!

    • http://www.personalsupportworkerhq.com Avtar

      Great Lori!

      You can also check out our guide to create a PSW resume and how to put together a cover letter.

  • jagvinder kour

    very nice resume thanks

    • http://www.personalsupportworkerhq.com Avtar

      Thank you Jagvinder.