3 Must-Read Details on Your Candidate's Resume

We’ve written before about how you can use the Relode job descriptions as a guide when finding candidates. However, you might find yourself with a candidate’s resume that you need to evaluate against a job description, rather than the other way around.

What’s the most effective way to read a healthcare resume? Here are the top three considerations when reading your candidate's healthcare resume.

1. Licenses

The first step is to verify your candidate’s licenses by looking at the job requirements. Healthcare jobs are incredibly specific, so double checking the licenses very first can help you to determine immediately whether a candidate might be a good fit.

Keep in mind that some jobs may accept compact licenses, which allow nurses to practice in multiple states with one license. If this license is listed on your candidate’s resume, check if the job accepts a compact license or if it requires a specific state.

2. Recent work history

More than any other industry, the ability of a healthcare professional to do his or her job well depends on having the right experience and work history. With many jobs, the required experience is non-negotiable, so it’s important to verify that your candidate has exactly the right experience for the position. Read back through the job description and then

As you’re looking through a candidate’s work history, there are two main aspects in work history you should consider:

Gaps in resumes

If your candidate has large spaces of time between jobs, this may be a concern to the client. Unless you’re able to get a sense of what caused those resume gaps, the candidate will likely not be a good fit for a role.

Spotty work history

If your candidate has multiple short-term stays on his or her resume, it could raise some flags for potential employers since it may indicate that the candidate is difficult to work with, has trouble committing to a position, or other issues.

3. Keywords

You can also scan a resume for relevant keywords to further determine if your candidate is a good fit.

When you’re browsing a candidate’s resume and comparing it to the job description, make sure that their recent experience matches up with the requirements. Often, a job description might emphasize the importance of hands on experience, or recent experience in a skilled nursing facility. Paying attention to keywords like this on a resume will help you more easily determine if a candidate is the right fit for a position.

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Of course, you’ll still want to screen your candidate by talking to them on the phone, so you can get a sense of their work history and discover why there might be resume gaps or multiple short-term stays.

If you’re ready to try out your resume reading skills, head here to browse jobs and make a referral. If you’re new to the Relode process, you can learn more about how to get started here.

Molly Powers