Sample Resume

How to prepare your resume when applying to an optometry practice

You’ve spent a lifetime building the skills that go into your resume, including recently graduation from optometry school. Your resume will introduce you to people who don’t know you and aren’t familiar with your skills. Considerable time and thought, therefore, should go into its creation.

There is no right or wrong way to create a resume, but a professional resume should follow certain accepted norms. The purpose of your resume is to make colleagues and potential employers want to meet you as a young doctor of optometry. The AOA provides its member with tips for resume writing:

·       Write your own resume or write a draft and work with a professional to improve it

·       Be honest, concise, descriptive and specific

·       List the most important items and skills first

·       Use action verbs, powerful adjectives and adverbs

·       Try to keep your resume to one letter-sized page

·       Use capitalization, underlining, italics and bold print to highlight information

·       Tailor your resume to the opportunity

·       Update your resume as often as necessary

·       Print your resume on good-quality, white paper stock. Do not use color

A sample resume for a new doctor of optometry

Steven H. Williamson, O.D.

307 Briarhaven Court, Apt. 25

Oakville, IL 61626


Highlights of Qualifications:

1.      Hard-working, dedicated doctor of optometry with an interest in entering private practice as an associate with opportunity for partnership.

2.      Strong background in sports vision services; experienced in primary care, contact lenses and therapeutic procedures.

3.      Patient-focused professional with excellent customer service skills and a strong desire to provide quality patient care.


·       Doctor of optometry. June 2018. University of Missouri School of Optometry, St. Louis, MO. Grade point average, 3.25/4.0

·       Bachelor of Science with major in biology and minor in communications. May 2014. Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL. Grade point average, 3.0/4.0

Professional and work experience:

2018—Externship: Sports Vision Center, Springfield, MO. Extensive vision and eye health examining, therapeutic procedures. Designing, implementing and managing sports vision programs.

2016-2018 (Summers)—Contact lens technician: Optometric Associates, Inc., Pekin, IL. Assisting in contact lens-pre-testing, fitting and follow-up. Assisting in scheduling, patient reception and other staff-related tasks.

2011-2014—Program assistant: Fitness Plus, Pekin, IL. Individual and fitness program planning and supervision.


·       House Manager, Sigma Phi Social Fraternity

·       Member, Eastern Illinois University Track Team

Professional Affiliations:

·       Member, American Optometric Student Association

·       President, Eastern Illinois Sports Association


·       Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society


·       Available upon request.


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