Our Experts | Frank Fauskey, Recruitment Specialist
I see dozens of resumes a day. Some good, some not so good, and some downright atrocious! I know what healthcare employers are looking for on a resume. I talk to them about what makes an “ideal employee” every day. All these things combine to mean that I know how to write the perfect healthcare resume. I’m going to share some of these tips with you in hopes that you’ll be able to use them to improve your resume and land your dream job in the healthcare industry.
- Start by using your name with your full title. Are you an RN? PT? RRT? Say so and be specific!
- Use a professional email address. This probably means a combination of your first and last name. Maybe it includes your middle name. What it definitely doesn’t include is anything about appearance or personality. For example, “email@example.com” is not a professional address.
- Skip the objective statement. Using an objective statement is very out dated. Obviously, you’re objective is to get a job. The only time you might want to mention an objective is if you’re looking for a very specific job or looking to change industries, but even then, put that in your cover letter.
- Use bullet points. This makes it easier for someone to scan through your resume. Bullet points should be used to summarize each position you’ve held within the last 10 years. And don’t use bold print or italics here either. Reserve those styles for job titles and companies to help them to stand out.
- Document every certification you have. BLS? ACLS? PALS? Whatever it is, make sure it’s on your resume. Otherwise, recruiters or Applicant Tracking Systems might skip right over you while reviewing resumes, thinking you don’t have all of the required qualifications.
- Have good references available. Your references don’t need to be on your resume, because it’s much better to use the space to list certifications and job achievements. Good references in the healthcare industry aren’t coworkers or friends, they’re typically former supervisors. Generally you should offer 1 reference from each of your most recent jobs, but not more than 2 or 3 references total. You can skip your most recent employer if you’re looking to leave, but not telling your boss about your job search.
- Tailor everything. Both your resume and your cover letter should be tailored for each job. The best way to do this is to review the job description and look for keywords that you can plug right into your resume.
- Be complete. Include both the month and year for jobs you’ve held to help potential employers see a full picture of your work history.
- Be specific. If you are a nurse, let me know which floor you worked on (ICU, Med/Surg, PACU, OR, etc). Let me know if you worked primarily with adults, or children, or geriatrics. This information is huge to determine if you qualify for a specific job.
- Package it nicely. If possible, put the body of your cover letter right into the email you’re sending. Then, create a PDF of your resume and attach it. A PDF helps to ensure anyone can open the file and that it looks the way you want it to.
Unanswered questions? Need help fixing up your resume to land a healthcare job? Reach out and let me know using the contact form below or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.