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Music Therapy Resume Survey

Our Purpose

The purpose of this survey is to gather information from music therapy professionals on preferences with regard to reviewing resumes for hiring.


Objectives



Have you had to review resumes to hire:

Music Therapy Professionals
Music Therapy Interns
Other therapy/health-related personnel
Other, please specify
None of the above




A.    Appearance of Resume

Suppose you've just received a resume in the mail. How important are the following characteristics to your first impression?

 
0

Not preferred
1
No importance
2
Somewhat important
3

Important
4
Very important
5
Extremely important
  1. High paper quality
  1. Colored paper
  1. Overall initial impression

  1. Are folds or creases acceptable?
  1. Is it acceptable to use staples, paperclips, etc.?  


Does anything else contribute to your first impression? Layout and Content will be addressed later.



B.    Layout

How important are the following characteristics to the organization of the resume?

 
0

Not preferred
1
No importance
2
Somewhat important
3

Important
4
Very important
5
Extremely important
  1. Presence of graphics
  1. Presence of lines
  1. Presence of bullets


  1. Are margin widths important to you?   Yes    No
    If yes, please explain   
  1. Is front and back acceptable?  
  1. List preference for where on the resume you would like to see the name and contact information:
    If "other" please specify:
  1. For column A place the following headings in numerical order as you would like them to appear on a resume of a person with ten or more years of professional experience. For column B place the following headings in numerical order as you would like them to appear on a resume of a person who has just completed an internship. Type 0 next to those headings you would omit:

    A B
    Awards
    Education
    Personal Interests
    Practica experience
    Presentations
    Professional Affiliations
    Publications
    Skills (e.g. technologies, languages, arts related, etc.)
    References
    Volunteer experience
    Work History (music therapy and non-music therapy)
    Work History (music therapy only)
    Work History (non-music therapy only)
    Other   
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    C.    Resume Pagination


    Realizing that number of pages could be an emotionally charged issue, please answer the followinf questions:

    1. Should resumes be one page? Yes     No


    1. Are multiple pages acceptable? Yes     No


    1. If you answered yes to question 1, should content be sacrificed to fit on one page?
      Yes     No


    1. If you answered yes to question 2, are you willing to wade through a possible lengthy resume?
      Yes     No


    1. We would appreciate any further comments or opinions.





    D.    Content


    1. How far back should work and field related experience be covered?
      All work and related experience
      Within the past 5 years
      Within the the past 10 years
      It depends on the indidual circumstances


    1. How detailed should a college student or Music Therapy Intern be with non-music therapy work experience? Check all that apply:
      Include high school
      Do not include high shcool
      Include summer employment
      include college only
      Do not include unrelated experience because I do not care about your ability to flip a burger


    1. For a newly emerging Music Therapist, should music therapy practica be listed on the resume? Yes   No


    1. If you answered yes to question C, which format do you prefer?
      Each practicum listed separately with detailed information
      Each practicum listed separately with setting and population only
      One brief paragraph listing population only
      Other


    1. Under which heading should the music therapy internship be listed?
      Education   Practica
      Other


    1. With regard to references, they should be:
      Names and contact information on the resume
      Listed with names and contact inforamtion on a separate page
      Addressed on the resume as "Available upon request"
      Leters of recommendation attached to the resume
      Not included


    1. Should career objective be stated on a resume? Yes     No


    1. Should education include information regarding specific areas of study (e.g. dual certification without degree, minors, areas of concentration, etc.)?
      Yes    No




    E.    Overall Importance


    Describe the importance of the resume as compared to other hiring criteria (i.e. writing samples, letters of recommendation, interview, transcript, samples of clinical work, portfolio).