Creating the best medical resume possible can be a daunting task, particularly if you’re the type of person who only updates their resume once in a blue moon.
Important Factors to a Medical Resume
There is are a plethora of elements that you could include in your resume, but should you? Some things are absolutely mandatory, while others you should definitely exclude.
- Reverse chronological order
- Industry-relevant keywords
- Absolutely no spelling or grammar errors
- Skills relevant to the position you’re applying (that are not listed within your career experiences)
- Bulleted formatting for your previous position’s responsibilities
- Contact information at the top and readily available
Quite possibly the most important factor in creating a killer medical resume is to include in your resume are relevant, industry-specific keywords.
You can usually find these in the job listings themselves under the “Responsibilities” or “Duties” section. For example, a Medical Assistant would want to include phrases like “patient care,” “administrative duties,” and/or “diagnostic testing.”
The reason for this is that HR departments use parsing software to screen the resumes initially and sort them into “yes” and “no” piles.
If you want to get past the software, you have to include these keywords, otherwise an actual person may never see your credentials and you’ve effectively shot yourself in the foot.
Definitely DO NOT include:
- Personal hobbies; no one cares if you like knitting or if you play a lot of video games
- An objective similar to “to get a job”
- Past experiences that have nothing to do with the position you’re applying for
- Physical characteristics; you may be proud of your fitness regimen, but it’s doubtful that squatting 300 lbs is going to be part of your day-to-day
- Religious or political affiliations
Not only is it in poor taste and entirely unprofessional to include these in your resume, but it will also most likely get you tossed into the “no” pile immediately. Unless you’re just bored and want to irritate some poor HR rep, I’d leave them out.
Resumes as Marketing Tools
In the labor market, the job seekers are the product and the employers are the consumers, and as such, employers want to find the best possible product to fill their needs.
One thing a lot of people don’t understand is that resume is a marketing tool, not just a brief history of your accomplishments, and is used to get past the initial screening process and score the interview.
You should shed the best light on yourself, without lying, to convince the recruiter that you’re the best fit for the position.
Keep this in mind while creating your medical resume, along with the following tips from Carrington College: