It is a good time to be a jobseeker in healthcare, especially on the clinical side. In today’s competitive market, a nurse can land a good job using a résumé written on a banana peel. The administrative side, though, is a little bit different. Non-clinical professionals still have an advantage, given that open positions outnumber qualified candidates significantly. Just the same, a weakness in your résumé can chip away at your advantage.
At a high level, keep these characteristics in mind when developing your résumé: it should be specific, true, achievement-focused and relevant. We talked with several seasoned recruiters to come up with the tips below to help you ensure that it is easy to find you and match your qualifications to an organization’s needs.
Keep It Simple
A streamlined résumé will be much easier for search engines and applicant tracking systems to find and process. These systems have parsing functions to scan and pull information from your résumé. Fancy formatting can confuse the parsing functions. Avoid graphics, text boxes, unusual bullet styles and frilly fonts, and also spell out acronyms. You probably already know about keywords, but remember that using a handful of carefully chosen ones is better than lobbing a load of verbiage at the wall and hoping something sticks.
The ideal scenario is that a recruiter looks at your résumé as a whole, and the different elements within it, and thinks, “Nice — short and sweet.” With few exceptions, such as a clinician’s curriculum vita (CV), it should be two pages at most. Definitely include specific accomplishments (see “Spotlight Accomplishments” below), but list no more than five under each position. Chose accomplishments that are not only significant, but also relevant to the position to which you’re applying. [Read more…]