Applying for a job in healthcare is a little different from typical corporate job. One of the reasons for this is that healthcare has its own unique culture and ethos. Therefore, if applying for a position in the industry, you need to take this into account when preparing your resume and cover letter.
Here are some tips for creating a winning resume:
1. Having a good clear Career Objective is particularly important in the healthcare field. You should aim to demonstrate your knowledge of the healthcare industry and that you have a particular career path in mind. You must aim to show that you are qualified for the position that you are seeking – even if you are new to healthcare – for example by pointing to your education and, as applicable, any practical work or previous experience.
2. Certifications and licenses are crucial in the health field. Be sure to list all that you have, including any continuing education courses that you have, and any government regulations which you are compliant with. As far as licenses are concerned you should list any city, state or federal licenses that you have, including their valid dates.
3. Technical skills are also very important in the health field. This of course includes not only things that are directly related to patient care, but also supporting technologies, including computers and software. Don’t be shying about listing all your technical qualifications and skills, including computer skills.
4. You should also mention any training that you have done, or any courses that you have taken. As with technical skills, you need limit it those that are directly related to patient care. For example, if you have done any training in management, ethics, communication, etc., you should list it on your resume.
5. Where possible you should try to quantify your previous experience. For example, you could mention the number of patients or clients that you took care of at previous job, or if you were in a senior position, the number of people in your team, etc.
6. There is a lot of terminology and jargon that is specific to the health care industry. Where necessary you should use the propre medical terms, rather than trying to substitute common phrases which don’t really fit. That said, you don’t want to use jargon excessively or unnecessarily – it is quite likely that your first contact will be a recruiter, who though perhaps broadly familiar with industry terminology, doesn’t have a detailed knowledge of every last medical term.