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Build a Healthcare Resume That Shines

You earned your diploma, you got the hands-on work experience and yet you still get the feeling you’re getting passed over for the healthcare job you want.

Often the first point of contact between yourself and a potential employer, your resume should make an impression that lasts. Highlight your experience, showcase your skills and grab an employer’s attention with a resume that shines!

Volunteer Experiences

Your very focus is on the community. In any healthcare job, your duty is to take care of patients. Consequently, doing your part to improve their well-being. As such, employers will want to see you genuinely care for others.

One of the best ways to demonstrate this is through volunteer work. Therefore, you should be on the look-out in your community for opportunities to volunteer. Once you have volunteer experience, let it shine on your resume. Try not to bury it underneath your work experience. Therefore, you may consider creating a specific section on your resume for this.

Volunteer experience shows employers you took the initiative to help others, with no incentive, just goodwill. This can be an attractive quality for any position but is vital for those seeking a career in healthcare.

Healthcare Job Certifications

For any job, in any field, hiring managers want to see you are qualified for the position. Many healthcare jobs require a professional license or certification. Having this information close to the top of your resume will let the employer know right away you are certified for the job.

Seek out any additional certifications you can earn, to add to your resume. Not only will this build your confidence working within the healthcare field, but listing them on your resume can help you stand out. Additionally, you may want to think about renewing any licenses or certifications before sending out your resume, to ensure your skills are up to par with the latest industry standards.

Earning additional certifications shows an employer you are willing to go above and beyond to provide the highest standard of patient care. Highlight your certifications with bullet points, and the year they were achieved, in a section separate from the rest of your resume, so they stand out and are easy to read.

Skills

Work closely with the job posting as you draft your resume. Doing so, you can pull out key words and phrases listed in the job description, and use the same terminology in your own resume. For example, if you have listed on your resume “expert problem solver” and the job posting sites “ability to think critically and effectively in order to prioritize needs in emergency situations” you may consider having your resume read “critical thinker, with the ability to effectively prioritize needs.”

Using similar language will appeal to the hiring manager as well as showcase your qualifications for that position.

There are some skills that appeal to hiring managers, no matter which healthcare job you are applying for. Consider adding the following to your own skill set:

  • Adaptability
  • Attention to detail
  • Prioritizing
  • Problem-solving
  • Time management
  • A desire to learn

Format

Between your education, work experience and highlighting your certifications and skills, there is a lot to include in your resume. Present an organized, polished, easy to read resume to potential employers. A cluttered resume could easily be passed over.

Start by including your name and contact information at the top of the page, in a font size that stands out from the rest of the text. List your experience in chronological order, using bullet points instead of paragraphs. The use of bullet points will make it easier for the employer to pull out key information.

Separate each section of your resume with clear headings, to organize your information and improve readability. The easier it is to read your resume, the more quickly an employer will be able to determine you are qualified for the position.

What really makes your resume shine is your work experience, and the best way to get the most of your work experience is by starting with a solid educational foundation. BizTech College offers a variety of health science diplomas, each offering a clinical placement. Our curriculum is focused on hands-on learning to give you the experience you need to succeed in your chosen healthcare job.

Find the diploma program that is right for you here, and start building your career and transforming your future today.

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