How to Write the Perfect Healthcare Resume
It’s a common consensus that one of the hardest things about applying for jobs is perfecting your resume. Chances are you never took a class in school that taught you how to craft the perfect resume. In the healthcare field, there are some common mistakes that people make when filling out their resume.
To help you become a wiz at resumes in the healthcare field (and avoid those common mistakes), we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks that are sure to help you land that next job.
Getting Started Quick Tips
- Have a clean and crisp layout to your resume. Erin from The Muse says “use a basic but modern font, like Helvetica, Arial or Century Gothic. Make your resume easy on hiring managers’ eyes by using a font size between 10 and 12 and leaving a healthy amount of white space on the page.”1
- Do not exceed one page.
- Skip using an objective statement. Erin quotes “the only occasion when an objective section makes sense is when you’re making a huge career change[…]”1
- Use bullet points (sparingly!) to be succinct. Bulleting helps make your resume skimmable, but too many bullet points is overwhelming. Try to stay under six bullet points per list item.
- Use an expansive vocabulary list. “If every bullet in your resume starts with ‘Responsible for,’ readers will get bored very quickly,” Erin reminds us.
For more basic resume tips from Erin, check out her article 43 Resume Tips That Will Help Get You Hired.
Healthcare Resume Dos
Now that you have some resume basics down, it’s time to move onto healthcare specific resume tips. Here is what you should definitely be doing on your healthcare resume:
- List your continuing education efforts. In a field that is ever changing, it’s important to demonstrate that you’re continually learning. Live Career says “staying up to [date] with the latest studies and advances allows you to provide top-notch care and makes you a more attractive candidate when searching for jobs.”2
- Highlight what makes you unique. “Your career as a healthcare professional is an impressive one, so you need to make sure prospective employers see it.”2
- List your professional affiliations. Kyle from Blue Pipes says to list the following information: affiliation name, date of your admission, offices held and brief description of your role or why you chose this group over others.3
- Make sure to state your nursing license and certification. Kyle suggests also listing your license number. “Providing the license number simply makes the recruiter’s job easier. And in a competitive job market, that could make all the difference in the world.”3
- Highlight any and all computer experience you have. “The healthcare industry is going electronic. Paper charting will soon be a way of the past. It’s imperative to list any and all Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) experience you have.”
For more healthcare resume dos, click here.
Healthcare Resume Don’ts
Now that you know the dos, it’s important to know the don’ts. Making some of these mistakes on your resume could potentially cost you the job, even if you’re more than qualified.
- Making spelling and grammar errors. Sure, you may be the best candidate for the position based on your experiences, but if you can’t spell properly chances are your resume is getting pushed aside.
- Exaggerating your skills and expertise. It may make you look better on paper, but such exaggerations will depict you as a liar as soon as the recruiter calls your previous employer or asks you in for an interview.4
- Listing your experience in chronological order. It’s important to put your most relevant experience at the top, not your most recent (if it’s not relevant, that is). Health eCareers says it’s important to highlight your most relevant experience because “healthcare hiring managers and human resource professionals may spend mere seconds scanning each resume before delegating it to the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ pile.”5
While this is not a complete list of healthcare resume dos and don’ts, it’s a great place to start. Once you have your resume drafted, it’s important to have friends, family or even colleagues look over it. A second set of eyes can help you catch mistakes before you send it in.
What do you always make sure to do when creating your resume? Tell us in the comments below!