Even if you’re not on the clinical side of the healthcare profession and don’t deal with patients directly, you need an effective resume to secure the positions you want. And you need to demonstrate your knowledge of the medical world even though you’re not a doctor or nurse. Here are four tips for creating your non-clinical healthcare resume:
Think about the jobs you want.
Before you even start creating your resume, it’s important to think about the jobs you’re looking to apply to and (hopefully) secure an interview for. If you’re planning on applying for jobs as a speech-language pathologist or a physical therapist, for example, you’ll want to think about framing your resume to that end. Consider how the hiring manager will see your resume — what will make it stand out? What differentiates you from other candidates? Starting from that frame of mind will make all the difference.
Use relevant phrasing.
You can include some relevant medical lingo in your non-clinical resume to demonstrate your grasp of the healthcare field, but don’t overdo it on the clinical jargon. Your best course of action is to echo the language found in the job posting. Not only is it an easy way to make your resume tailored to the job you’re applying for, it makes it more likely that resume scanning software will rank your resume higher during the filtering process.
Add experience outside of your past jobs.
Don’t make the mistake of only using your past work experience to create your non-clinical resume. Things like volunteer experience, internships and externships, and special certifications or coursework can make a huge difference on your resume, especially if you’re applying to a job that’s out of your normal range. And don’t forget to highlight relevant soft skills in your work history descriptions — things like leadership experience, ability to multitask, and communication skills are just as important as your hard skills.
Trim the fat and proofread.
It’s important for every resume, whether it’s oriented toward the clinical or non-clinical side of healthcare: keep your resume at a reasonable length and proofread — twice — before finalizing. It’s usually recommended that your resume remains under two pages. A long resume riddled with spelling errors is the quickest way to have your resume thrown out.
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