The healthcare field has been an in-demand field for a while now. The industry has been especially competitive as of late due to the fact that hiring cooled down following the Affordable Care Act. However, hiring is picking back up, and having a competitive resume that stands out is still as important as ever.
It’s imperative to demonstrate that you understand the current state of the healthcare business. Right now, the industry is underscoring cost control and productivity. With a fluctuating industry, it’s important for you to demonstrate that you have a finger on the pulse of the healthcare field.
In addition to demonstrating an understanding of the current state of the industry, your resume should illustrate skills, experience, adept ability for self-evaluation and other staff members. It’s also important to show your commitment to quality and to a healthcare provider’s success.
The healthcare professional’s resume can be crafted in two formats: a traditional resume or a CV.
A healthcare resume is preferable if you’re looking to fill an administrative or back-office position. In this case, use a reverse-chronological timeline when applying for a management position. Note: Often professionals from other industries can enter the healthcare field to apply for purchasing, accounting and other administrative positions.
The other option is a CV. This format is used mostly by professionals in academic, medical and scientific industries. All credentials should be listed such as internships, degrees, experience, awards, publications (journals, reports, books, etc.), conferences, speaking engagements and affiliations. Keep in mind that new graduates would have a CV the length of a page. Professionals with years of experience in their field will have two-plus pages.
No matter the format, it’s important to include relevant key terms and buzzwords to help get your resume noticed:
- Caseload: Describe caseloads you have managed and detail the challenges faced and number of patients and clients you dealt with for each.
- Grant writing/fundraising: This is an in-demand skill. If you can write grants or help fundraise, you’re showing recruiters that you see the importance of revenue streams.
- Technology skills: List your proficiencies with software and programs.
- Continuous Quality Initiatives (CQI): This is an understood part of a healthcare professional’s background. Highlight your knowledge of process analysis and problem identification.
- Training: Did you create and implement training materials? Can you demonstrate a confidence and savvy regarding public speaking? These are valuable skills in this profession.
To learn more about best interviewing practices, view previous blogs. To talk to one of De Vore Recruiting’s specialists about applying for one of our available healthcare jobs, call 877-411-4358.
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