A resume is essentially a way of promoting yourself. You are trying to gain an employer’s interest so the healthcare organization will call you in for an interview. It needs to be short, clear and well organized because hiring managers generally don’t spend very much time looking at individual resumes. Here are seven tips to help you put a good speech therapist resume together.
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Keep it short.
Admittedly, there is disagreement about this, but some top human resource experts advise keeping a resume to just one page. First of all, it’s easier for hiring managers to read. They don’t spend much time looking at them and will spend very little time on extra pages.
Moreover, boiling it down to one page will make you evaluate more carefully what you’re going to include and how you’re going to present it.
Use a layout that is easy to get through.
You don’t want to make a hiring manager have to search for things. Make sure your resume is easy to read and organized in an understandable way.
The first section of the resume should contain your duties in past jobs and what you accomplished in those jobs. Stick to the important stuff. You don’t need to go into a lot of detail.
Have wide margins, headings that are clear, and type that’s easy to read. Use boldface and italics sparingly as a way to call attention to the more important information. Use bullet points and short sentences – no more than two lines. Use active verbs.
Emphasize your achievements in addition to your job duties.
If you are looking to stand out, show what you have accomplished in your career, not just the jobs you have held.
What did you do that really made a difference to the healthcare organization? Begin with a short description of your job, then move on to what you accomplished.
Give facts and figures if at all possible and specific examples of what you did. Did you upgrade any policies or procedures, earn any distinctive certifications or undergo any special training? Did you learn any important skills, such as working with electronic health records?
For example, if you use boldface to highlight the jobs you’ve had, don’t use it for other things.
Put your skills in a section of their own.
This makes them stand out and easier for a hiring manager to see what they are.
Check for grammar and spelling.
A professional should know how to write well. Errors also show carelessness. If you are careless in putting together your resume, the hiring manager might wonder how careful you’ll be on the job.
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