It’s important to keep the resume in reasonable perspective. First of all, it’s a necessary component in the job search process. Secondly, its only one component – it’s not what gets you hired. Resumes essentially get your foot in the door by alerting a hiring authority that you appear to have the skills he/she is looking for.
A good resume, together with a qualified employment specialist, is a powerful combination. You won’t get an interview without it – so it makes sense that it be done effectively. But you don’t need to plop down a few hundred bucks to have it professionally done.
Here are few tips that will enable you to compose an effective resume. . .
Design and Layout tips
>> Employers respond best to crisp-looking resumes that get to the point. Don’t fluff it up or be too wordy.
>> Use short sentences and add interest by using bullet points, different font styles, indentations, etc.
>> Don’t get too fancy, such as using unusual fonts or adding photos or lots of graphics.
>> A generally accepted format follows this order:
- Contact information, including address, phone, and email
- Summary or profile of your background.
- Work experience
>> Generally, resumes should be 1-2 pages, no more. The exception would be if you are applying for a academic position where a longer CV would be called for. But for most clinical positions, a two page resume that gets to the point will get a busy hiring authority’s attention much quicker than a flowery 6-page epistle.
>> Employers will appreciate knowing relevant detail about your past and present employers , such as size of the facility and department.
>> Be as specific as possible about your job responsibilities. Most important of all, include measurable accomplishments. Employers are looking for achievers and simply listing mundane activities won’t help separate you from the others competing for the position. As you compose, ask yourself “How did I contribute?” What did I accomplish?
>> Work experience dates should be accurate, preferably down to the month for your more recent positions. Don’t leave any gaps in your employment history – its one of the quickest ways to plant doubt in a hiring manager’s mind and possibly lead to rejection on first look. If you are a veteran with a long employment history, you may choose to simply bullet point your earliest positions with little or no job data to save length, but, above all, account for every year since you started your profession.
Degree and Continuing Education
>> Be accurate – and honest. Misrepresenting your education is highly unethical, is easily exposed and can have significant negative consequences.
>> Don’t get carried away and list every CE course you’ve taken. List the most salient ones for your career and those that you feel confident a hiring manager will be most interested in.
>> Only those that apply to your profession, please. Your membership in TroutUnlimited may be important to you, but probably not to the hiring manager.
>> Optional – family status and extra curricular activities are typically what a hiring manager will be interested in. Volunteer activities, especially if they relate to your profession or a meaningful charitable organization, are always good to include.
>> Omit “references available upon request”. It is understood that candidates will provide references when asked. Save this space for more compelling, accomplishment-driven information.
Medical Career Resources
Gary Foster, President, Recruiting Specialist
8916 Hunters Way
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129