How’s your resume? If you’re like many of us, you mean to maintain it, but usually don’t make updates until it’s time to look for a new job. If you’re currently shopping around for employment, you’ll want to make sure your resume showcases you as a qualified healthcare professional who is the best choice for the job. Put the polish on your resume—and increase your chances of getting hired—with the following tips.
What to include in your resume:
- Quantifiable specifics. Put your past experience into terms an employer can understand. For example, how many patients were in your caseload, how many beds were in the facility you worked at, how many clients did you treat in a day or week, etc.
- Industry buzzwords. Employers are often faced with large stacks of resumes through which they must sift in order to find applicants. To improve efficiency, many employers rely on the use of applicant tracking software to scan resumes for keywords. To help your resume get past the software scan, include frequently used buzzwords related to your job. You can find keywords to include by reviewing online job postings, industry websites or trade journals.
- Benefits to the employer. How did your on-the-job accomplishments benefit your past employers? Rather than listing your job roles, list out the advantages of having you as an employee. A potential new employer will want to understand what capabilities you might bring to the job.
What to leave off your resume:
- Anything that no longer applies to your career endeavors. Working at the mall in high school won’t help you get your next healthcare position, unless it taught you skills you can apply to the job you’re seeking. Include positions on your resume that directly apply to the job to which you are applying.
- A position you held for six months or less. If you started a job and quickly realized it just wasn’t for you, you can leave it off your resume. (Healthcare professionals who frequently accept travel temporary travel positions will want to ignore this rule, however, since travel assignments often last around 13 weeks.)
- Bad grammar and spelling. Let your professionalism and attention to detail shine through by making sure your grammar and spelling is picture-perfect. Ask a friend or family member to help you review.
- Too much flash. As a healthcare professional, you’ll want to focus more on your education, skills, accomplishments and experience. Keep your resume clean and straight forward. Fancy fonts, graphics or colors are better suited to professionals in the arts.
Keep your resume unique—not generic
Your resume and cover letter should be tailored to each job you apply for—never churn out identical copies to send to multiple employers. Take the time to review the roles and requirements of each job to which you apply, and describe how your unique skills and qualifications make you a perfect match for the job.
Good news: your job search may be over!
If you’re a healthcare professional looking for a new position, check out MedPro Staffing. We work with nurses, pharmacists and other allied healthcare professionals for placement in travel and full-time positions across the country. To learn more, please contact one of our experienced recruiters today.