The New Year is almost here, and now is the perfect time to refresh your healthcare resume. What makes a resume stand out to companies and recruiters? Is your medical resume ready for the new opportunities 2019 may bring? Read on to find out how you can refresh your resume this year.
1. The Best Healthcare Resume Format
The first step in an outstanding resume is your format. While we’ve provided an in-depth look on this very topic, here’s a quick refresher.
Start by deciding how you want to organize your information. Best practices for healthcare resumes follow this formula: experience, education, licenses and certification. Of course, if you’re fresh out of college, you might start with education, or if you have a specialty license, you could consider listing certifications first.
No matter which order, make sure your resume includes all three of these important sections.
2. Tailor Your Medical Resume Objective
Including a summary or objective on your resume, while optional, is becoming increasingly popular, as it’s often a way to stand out. Before you start updating your resume, take some time to sit down and think about your career goals in 2019. Are you looking for new experiences? Are you wanting to gain a higher position in your field? Whatever it is you’re seeking for your next step in your career, your healthcare resume objective should reflect that.
Once you’ve drafted out a general objective, the real work begins. As you start applying for new jobs in 2019, make plans to tailor your objective for each job you apply to. Closely read over the job description for each position on your list. Then take what you learn and put it in your objective. See keywords for education or experience in the job description? Build those into your objective or summary. This is especially important with the growing role AI plays in initial resume review. But be careful not to overuse them! Many of these algorithms will throw a red flag at the overuse of keywords.
When you’re finished, your objective should clearly — and concisely — state your goals, experience and skills. This is your chance to introduce yourself to a potential employer or recruiter before they dive into your resume. Make it count.
3. Are Cover Letters Still Relevant?
Your objective is a quick introduction, but what about your cover letter? A recent study from Jobvite found about only 26% of recruiters look at cover letters. But that doesn’t mean you should ditch the cover letter all together.
While not all recruiters read cover letters early in the application process, many hiring managers use them as a tool once they’ve narrowed down their selection of candidates. Rather than being limited to a sentence or two in your objective, your cover letter really gives you a chance to tailor your application to a specific job.
Plus, cover letters can provide insight into specific skills listed in a resume. They give you the chance to explain how you’ve used those skills and showcase how you can use them to help your employer. Of course, if you’re working with a company like Relode and have someone advocating for you, you don’t really need a cover letter to sell your strengths.
Looking for more on cover letters? We’ve done a whole blog post on them. Check it out here.
4. Spell Words Out, Bold Keywords, Proofread Everything
One recent study found recruiters only spend six seconds reviewing a resume, so making yours easy-to-read is essential.
First, remember that while acronyms may be a part of your everyday, they’re not always the same from facility to facility. Avoid using them in your resume unless you spell them out the first time you use them.
Whenever possible, bullet the information. This makes your resume scannable, which is essential in that six-second read through. Similarly, if there’s anything that really stands out about you as a candidate—like a special license or skill that’s particularly relevant to the job—consider putting it in bold. Just don’t go overboard and bold everything.
Finally, make sure to proofread your refreshed resume before submitting it anywhere. Step away from it for a day or two, then re-read it one last time.
Take Your Job Search to the Next Level
Once you have your resume refreshed and ready for 2019, we can help you take your job search to the next level and get it in front of the right hiring manager. Browse open jobs now to get started!