Resume tips for health care professionals
As a health care professional, creating a resume for your field is
somewhat different that all other corporate professional resumes. There
are certain elements of professional experience and education that play a
significant part in the health care industry and make a difference in
attracting the employer’s attention. Therefore, to compose a winning
resume as a health care professional, you will need to consider and
include the following information:
- Indicate how many patients or clients you have taken care of.
Whether you are a nurse in a large hospital, or manage financial accounts
at the small doctor’s practice, it is important to indicate to your
future employer how many people you have dealt with on daily basis, and
how you have addressed any concerns that arise from taking care of people
in sensitive situations.
- List all of the training that you have acquired, beyond your
education that makes you qualified for a specific area in the health care
industry. Beyond the training you have completed that is job specific,
consider listing any other training in management, communications,
ethics, etc. While this type of training may not be required for the job
that you are seeking, it does show your employer that you have
transferable skills and that you are interested in understanding the
broad aspect of the industry.
- Certifications and licenses are a critical aspect of the health
care industry. Make sure that you list all your licenses, and their valid
dates. Additionally, consider any programs, continuing education courses,
or government regulations that you are compliant with; all of these items
should be included in your resume. Not only do they highlight your
qualifications, but also provide assurance to your potential employer
that you meet all the requirements of the city, state and federal
agencies in order to be employed in your field.
- Your professional summary must list a clear professional goal. It
is important that you demonstrate to your employer that you have a vast
knowledge of the health care industry, and that you have a career path in
mind. If you are new to health care, use the professional summary to
highlight your education and practical work that qualifies you for the
position you are seeking.
- Use industry jargon, but exercise caution. Don’t try to replace
certain medical terms with common phrases. Feel free to demonstrate your
knowledge of the field by using terminology that is specific to health
care. However, don’t over use the same terms, or phrases, and don’t use
jargon excessively. While you want to give an impression that you know
what you are talking about, you don’t want to overuse jargon and turn off
the recruiter that may be the initial contact for your resume review.
- Technical skills are necessary, and therefore, you should list them
on your resume. Indicate your skills in specific software programs, and
don’t be shy about making your computer literacy known to your employer.
Health care industry relies heavily on technology and employers actively
look for candidates with specific computer skills. Make sure that your
resume clearly outlines your technical qualifications.