Your resume is the key that opens the door to your successful job search. When reviewing resumes, hiring managers look for well-rounded candidates, relevant experience and skills, and measurable accomplishments. All within 30 seconds or less, which is the average amount of time spent on an initial resume review. Even before that, it’s increasingly likely that a resume must pass through an electronic applicant tracking system.
Whether you’re a newcomer or a veteran in healthcare, competition and high standards dictate that you not only have the right qualifications, but are savvy enough to market yourself well. How can you ensure that your resume helps make this happen?
What Employers Want
As you fine-tune your resume, include attributes that emphasize the unique contribution you can make to a progressive, compassionate and innovative patient care team:
- Collaboration: Hospitals, clinics and medical practices are constantly busy, making cooperation and collaboration essential to quality patient care. Employers need people who will blend in quickly to their new environment, support others, be flexible in their routines and stay calm in crises. If you’re seeking a management role, demonstrate your ability to develop and shape teams.
- Compassion: Respect and dignity are vital traits in healthcare providers and support staff. Successful candidates are able to not only provide excellent clinical services, but also to support patients and their families emotionally and holistically.
- Relevance: Be sure your resume indicates that you’ve stayed current with relevant technology, equipment, regulations and procedures related to the job. It should note that applicable training and certifications are likewise up-to-date. Let your prospective employer know that you’re committed to becoming a better clinician, practitioner or manager throughout your career.
Most companies, including hospitals and healthcare agencies, now use recruiting software to screen candidates by searching for keywords in their resumes.
Use keywords from the job description, as well as those that relate to your targeted area. For instance, “caseload” is an important one if you serve patients or clients. “Grant writing” is key if you’re in business development. “Operating revenue” is critical whether your role is clinical, operational or administrative.
If you’re new to healthcare, your resume should pinpoint the transferable skills that will serve you in your new industry:
- Communications: Clinicians must communicate effectively, not only with patients but also with colleagues, managers, administrators and families. The ability to provide accurate, concise documentation is another key skill. Highlight how you’ve demonstrated these traits in a previous role.
- Customer service: Healthcare facilities are judged on patient satisfaction levels. Set yourself apart as a candidate if you’ve had measurable success in previous customer service roles.
- Interpersonal strengths: Strong listening skills, understanding of different cultures and values, and respect for teamwork are indispensable bedside and medical office attributes. In addition, it’s a plus if you work well under pressure and can multitask while not losing your professional focus.
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