Are you in search of a new travel healthcare job? Though healthcare staff are currently in high demand, you still want to stand out as a qualified, experienced professional. And nothing can leave a blemish on your professional reputation quite like a poorly constructed resume. On the other hand, a well-crafted, mistake-free resume helps showcase your attention to detail and your dedication to quality. So when you’re putting the polish on your resume prior to submission, be careful to avoid these six common mistakes.
Six resume blunders employers notice
You can take the first step in establishing yourself as a qualified, competent travel healthcare candidate by avoiding these common resume mishaps:
1. Spelling your name wrong. This error is a sign that you were writing quickly, not carefully, and forgot to proofread. It may make an employer wonder if you’re also sloppy or careless on the job—and this isn’t an impression you want to create, especially in healthcare. Your careful attention to detail on your resume will translate as someone who will also be careful with your patients.
2. Using abbreviations. Yes, your employer probably knows the words you are attempting to represent in a shortened version. But your resume isn’t a text message—spell out all words and avoid the use of abbreviations (except in the case of acronyms, as described below). This will help you present yourself as more mature and polished.
3. Using acronyms incorrectly. Some words—such as HIPAA, COBRA, NASA, etc.—are actually more recognizable in acronym form, rather than writing out the phrase that the letters represent. But if you choose to include any acronyms in your resume, be sure to list them correctly. For example, HIPAA shouldn’t appear as HIPPA.
4. Not listing employment date ranges. Skipping over date ranges in your resume creates a big question mark in the mind of your potential employer. It also can make it appear as if you have something to hide. So leave out all the guesswork by including all employment date ranges for each job you list in your work history.
5. Inconsistent information. Your resume should plainly list out information about your skills, experience and education. And you should pay close attention to how well it compares with your LinkedIn profile. Since many employers will check your online presence during a background screening, inconsistencies can make you look careless—or as if you’re concealing something. Taking just a few minutes to make updates can go a long way in your job search.
6. Failing to proofread. This is such an important step in your resume process that you should do it both backwards and forwards. And when you’re done, ask a family member or close friend to take a look as well. Others might notice resume mistakes or typos that you’ve missed, especially if you’ve looked your resume over multiple times.
Don’t let resume errors bring you down!
You’ve worked hard to get this far in your career. And you deserve a fool-proof resume that shows you’re a dedicated, talented travel healthcare professional. Your efforts to perfect your resume will be well worth it in finding a rewarding new position.
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