Tips to a Tailored Resume for Healthcare Professionals
Effective resume writing means you’re tailoring your message to the employer’s needs. For healthcare professionals, the details behind your educational background and professional experience is especially important to crafting a tailored resume. Remember that one of the first shots you have at making the right impression comes through your resume. What you submit to the employer should be personalized to its needs as well as polished and error-free.
Here are ways to craft a tailored healthcare resume:
While your experience and skills are what matter on the resume, it’s also important that you have the right medical terminology come into play. By including relevant keywords to your resume you’re not only helping the employer spot your relevance quickly during the initial skimming stage, but it can also help when it’s the Applicant Tracking System that’s doing the work. Look over the job posting for medical terms and other keywords used, and reflect that in your own resume. For starters, one of the most important things you can do on the resume is re-label the section called Profile Summary or Executive Summary. You want a Headline that conveys that you’re a perfect match for the job and that relates to the job title indicated in the job posting.
When highlighting your experience and skills on the resume, put the information in context. For example, your experience is not simply that you held a job as a Nurse. Fill in the details – you were a Nurse working with pediatric patients. Additional details like the type of work setting environment also matters. Were you working in a small medical office, a multi-practice medical facility, or a hospital that serves hundreds of patients daily? These details matter on the resume and will help employers understand your level of experience.
When it comes to Education, it’s just as important to detail the specific degree received and the area of concentration for your studies. Employers for medical/healthcare professionals especially take notice of education on the resume. For more tips, read: “Special Areas of Emphasis for the Medical Professional’s Resume.”
Think about what’s most important to the employer when it comes to finding the right candidate for the job. That’s what you need to focus on and prioritize on the resume. The job posting will detail qualifications needed for the job and they will often list it in priority order. By following that order, you can prioritize information on the resume and can further customize content to the employer’s needs. Review and see if the job posting leads with a degree and certification requirement first? That may hint at the need to put information on your educational background and other certifications upfront on the resume. The key is to make it easy for the employer to spot information that indicates you meet the requirements of the job.
In a profession like healthcare where medical progress continues to advance, it’s important for your resume to reflect a track record of all your involvement in such work. Start to get into the pattern of regularly updating your resume so that it’s ready for you always. This will also ensure you don’t miss highlighting key experience and achievements made during your journey in the profession.
Find additional tips to writing the healthcare resume, reading: “General Resume Tips for the Healthcare Professional.”