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Resume Tips

Your resume is the most effective tool that you have to create interest and excitement about yourself during a healthcare career search. Your goal is to obtain an interview with a prospective employer. Your resume can open or close doors for future consideration. It is up to you to make sure that the information is accurate and complete. However, we are dedicated to work with you in preparing an effective resume.

Most of you already have a resume, so there is usually no need to start from scratch. Take what you have, apply these ideas and be confident with your result.

Your Resume Should Contain The Following

  1. Full name, address and current contact information.
  2. Major sections of the resume can include a Summary of Qualifications or Accomplishments, Professional Experience, Education, Technology Skills and Professional Associations. Section headings should be bold, centered and capitalized.
  3. Dates of employment, including the months, not just the years.
  4. Focus on accomplishments that result in cost savings, increased revenue, and enhanced productivity. These can be listed as bullet points. Be as specific as possible.
  5. Whenever possible, include key words such as director, manager, supervisor and consultant. If you have experience with specific software, mention these by name.
  6. Use powerful action verbs, such as resolved, improved, formulated, developed, managed, created, implemented, etc.
  7. Educational background and all credentials. Include continuing education, seminars and workshops in your field of expertise.
  8. Professional organizations and affiliations.
  9. Proofread your resume for spelling and grammatical errors.
  10. Check for consistencies in the way headings, formatting and punctuation are used.
  11. Choose easy to read font, no smaller than 11 point. We suggest that your name be a font size of 12 or 14 and that it be in bold lettering.
  12. Shorten and simplify your sentences. The key is to be concise, positive and express your excitement.

Creating A Healthcare Resume

Be sure to use Action Verbs in your resume
  • Accomplishment Verbs: Achieved, Expanded, Improved, Pioneered, Reduced, Resolved, Restored, Spearheaded, Transformed
  • Management Skills: Administered, Analyzed, Assigned, Attained, Chaired, Coordinated, Delegated, Evaluated, Executed, Improved, Increased, Organized, Oversaw, Planned, Prioritized, Supervised
  • Communication Skills: Addressed, Arbitrated, Arranged, Authored, Collaborated, Convinced, Developed, Directed, Formulated, Mediated, Moderated, Negotiated, Publicized
  • Helping Skills: Assessed, Coached, Counseled, Educated, Expedited, Facilitated, Familiarized, Motivated
  • Teaching Skills: Adapted, Advised, Developed, Encouraged, Evaluated, Explained, Instructed, Set goals, Trained
  • Research Skills: Collected, Critiques, Examined, Identified, Interpreted, Interviewed, Investigated, Researched, Surveyed
  • Creative Skills: Conceptualized, Created, Customized, Designed, Developed, Directed, Established, Founded, Illustrated, Initiated, Invented, Performed, Wrote