Whether you are entering health care as your first career or have trained for a position in health care later in life, your resume is key in getting a job. In health care, resumes have a few distinct differences, but the basic rules remain the same. Be brief (never more than two pages), be accurate (no typos) and sell yourself (don't skimp on the examples).
Begin with the traditional format of your name and all contact info at the top.
State your objective. In many resumes, this is a statement about where you you see yourself in the business. Be very open about wanting to help people, or wanting to make a difference.
Put down your health care-related work history and from most recent (or present) to longest ago. Don't go more than 10 years. Describe exactly the kinds of work and procedures you did at each job. Tailor your resume to include experience that the job lists as required. If an ad states the company wants someone with experience in IVs, make sure all your IV experience is listed.
If you don't have health care experience, list procedures you did in school or in clinical training in the field.
State your education. You must have completed college or technical training in your field. Make sure you have your graduation dates listed and include your GPA if it is over 3.0.
List your accreditation and memberships. If you belong to a group or have certification (via testing) from an organization, list these things. These are the kinds of things that will separate you from the pack.
Tips & Warnings
- Do not lie. Everyone can check anything these days and health care is very much about a person's integrity.
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