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NATIONAL ACADEMY: Tips for a Great HEALTHCARE RESUME

January 31, 2017

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Healthcare is one of the largest industries in Ontario. The number of jobs in healthcare will continue to rise—and healthcare will remain a great industry for job seekers. For all of our students who are ready to graduate and join the industry, competition and high standards demand you have the appropriate skills and experience, and market yourself well. There are many ways to reflect your best selling points in a healthcare resume. Below are some key tips.

Choose Your Format

In healthcare, a resume is the standard for healthcare professionals seeking roles in management, administrative work, or back-office operations. For example, hospitals and healthcare agencies need qualified people in accounting, purchasing, technology, and operations, among others, and these roles are typically open to qualified candidates from all fields.

Keywords are Key

Most companies, including hospitals and healthcare agencies, now use recruiting management software to screen candidates by searching for keywords when going through their resume database. To increase the chances of your resume matching open roles, it should include the same keywords that appear in the job descriptions. You should also include keywords relevant to your targeted area.

For example, include “operating revenue” whether you are a clinician, office manager, or administrator, as the size of your budget influences the significance and prestige of your past work experiences. “Program-development” or “service-development” shows your ability to expand the business, an imperative in an ever-growing industry; and healthcare employers are usually impressed by a distinguished list of “research” or “publications,” showing you are keeping up with healthcare trends.

Sell Yourself

The typical resume strategy of listing your responsibilities will certainly not harm your chance of landing an interview, but it may not work in your favor either. While it is crucial to sell yourself through your resume by describing actual benefits and results of your accomplishments, don’t limit yourself to just on-the-job attributes. In addition to the nuts and bolts of the resume, it could be beneficial to include a section for your interests and hobbies—especially if they can be seen as enhancing your healthcare work. The person looking at your resume can infer a lot about you through your activities. Example: Are you an avid runner? The drive, discipline, and dedication this endeavor takes can be readily applied to any challenging healthcare role and recognized by recruiters.

Stay Relevant

In a rapidly changing, highly regulated industry like healthcare, you resume should demonstrate that you’re current with relevant technologies, policies, and practices, and that your credentials are up-to-date with the job description.

In short, when considering what to include on your healthcare resume, be sure to avoid overlooking your achievements that can make the difference between you and the next candidate, and create a resume that will highlight how your skills—and who you are—will benefit the specific role.

For more information on resume building and interview techniques, speak with your National Academy Campus Director in order to schedule an appointment.

Toronto Campus – 416.545.0404

Hamilton Campus – 905.521.9991

Mississauga Campus – 905.273.6656

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