A few seconds is all your healthcare resume has to impress before the average medical employer tosses into a pile of resumes they aren’t interested in pursuing. This is your chance to advertise yourself, and often your one and only chance to get your foot in the door. We compiled our top 5 must-haves for your healthcare resume so that you get their attention.
This may seem obvious, but it’s one you don’t want to forget. Give your potential employer as many ways to contact you as possible by including one to two phone numbers, a full physical address, and an email address. You may want to indicate whether you are willing to receive text messages by citing it next to your mobile number. Also, consider creating an email address just for your job search. By doing so, you can create a professional looking address and these important emails won’t get lost amongst your personal emails.
Include Your Credentials Acronym After Your Name
Recruiters and employers have a lot of resumes to look through, and placing your credentials acronym, such as RN, LVN, or CNA, immediately after your name at the top of your resume helps ensure they don’t get overlooked. Your credentials can easily be missed if they are only found within your resume. Make sure to also include and elaborate on them in an “education” or “professional development” section of the resume as well.
Volunteer Work & Extracurricular Activities
Including volunteer work and extracurricular activities on a resume helps build your persona on paper and allows your future employer to get to know a little more about who you are before meeting in person. Let them know about any community service, clubs, or sports that you participate in that portray you in a positive light. It also lets them know that you are a well-rounded individual with varied interests.
Achievements and Certifications
Listing any of your related achievements and certifications lets a future employer know that you go above and beyond. Whether you received recognition for your volunteer work or named “Employee of the Month” or “Rockstar Rookie” from your previous employer, it shows that you are doing great things and people are noticing.
Using Keywords From The Job Posting
Not that you want to copy a job posting and include it word for word in your resume, but your resume should be tailored to fit the job description. Read through the job posting and highlight several keywords that describe what the employer is looking for, then take a look at your resume and include those keywords in areas that align with your training and experience.
You don’t want to let your first opportunity with a possible future employer pass you by. Small changes on your healthcare resume can be all you need to get their attention. For over 25 years, the experts at medical staffing have been helping qualified workers find employment in the medical field. Through our offices in San Antonio, Houston, and Beaumont, we’ve placed nurses, therapists and support staff at medical facilities across the region, and we’ve helped travel nurses find work all across the country. To learn more about our services, give us a call or contact our team online.