HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT: TIPS FOR WRITING A RESUME
A lot has changed in healthcare employment over the last 15 to 20 years. One thing that has not changed though is the need to write a top-notch resume to go along with job applications. A properly written resume can mean the difference between landing a job and being put on the “don’t call us, we’ll call you” list.
According to the experts at Health Jobs Nationwide, some elements of a healthcare resume mirror those in any other sector. Other elements are unique to healthcare. They recommend a number of tips, some of which are explained below. Whether you are new to healthcare employment or just looking for a new job, give proper attention to your resume.
Choose a Flexible Format
More than any other sector, healthcare jobs tend to be incredibly specific. This is partly due to the scientific nature of medicine and partly due to the amount of specialization within the industry. As such, the best resumes are designed with a flexible format. What does this mean?
Healthcare recruiters advise job seekers to tailor resume information to the jobs they are applying for. In other words, you want to make the most relevant information for that particular job as visible as possible. Designing with a flexible format results in a resume you can easily modify as needed. A flexible format allows you to create a resume for one application then cutting and pasting to modify it for another.
Start with Relevant Work Experience
Recruiters and HR managers are human beings. Like the rest of us, they tend to pay less attention to resume details the further along they read. This suggests that job applicants start with relevant work experience. If you were to apply for an RN job in a dialysis unit, you would first list any previous job experience that makes you a good candidate for dialysis nursing. It is okay to include less relevant work experience, just be sure to emphasize what is most relevant to each job application.
Include Technology Experience
For better or worse, coronavirus has forced modern medicine to fully embrace technology. Things like telemedicine and on-demand healthcare are going to be the norm moving forward. Job candidates with technology experience are going to have the edge.
Do not be afraid to include any technology training you have received on your resume. Such training doesn’t have to be directly related to healthcare. If you took college courses in IT, for example, that is still relevant to a healthcare sector now engaging technology more fully.
Be Sure Your Presentation Is Accurate
Last but not least is your presentation. More important than things like formatting and resume length is how your resume presents information. Above all, that information should be accurate. It should be accurate in:
- Terminology – Healthcare is known for unique terminology. Make sure you use the correct terms for your field AND that you use the terms correctly. Improper use of terminology almost always raises questions of competence.
- Spelling and Punctuation – Also make sure that your spelling and punctuation are accurate. Recruiters do not want to see misspelled words. They do not want to see paragraphs of run-on sentences with no punctuation or capitalization. You are writing a resume, not texting a friend.
- Grammar – Hand-in-hand with spelling and punctuation is grammar. A lack of proper grammar suggests to recruiters that you may not be someone who pays attention to the details – a skill that is critical to healthcare jobs.
A well-written resume goes a long way toward impressing recruiters and HR managers. Hopefully, you have learned a thing or two from these tips. If so, happy job hunting!