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6 Crucial Things to Do When Writing Your Medical Resume

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When searching for the perfect job, presenting yourself in a way that is appealing to potential employers is absolutely critical. You want to stand out above other medical professionals with your strengths and achievements front and center to land yourself on the short list for your dream job. So what do you need to include on your resume as a medical professional, and how do you get recruiters and employers to take notice? Here are six important things that you should do when putting together your medical resume:

Customize everything.

Applying for a job should take a lot of thought and potential employers want clinicians who are giving careful consideration to the positions for which they have applied. Be sure that you are not using the same cookie cutter resume for multiple positions. Analyze each posting carefully and focus on the job details and requirements given, as your personal experience fits to them.

Develop a strong personal statement.

Know who you are, what you stand for, and what you want to accomplish with your career. This will help recruiters and employers to see that your personal goals and ethics are in line with the mission of their company. This will also emphasize that you are committed to your career in healthcare.

Include strong keywords throughout the document.

Reference the job listing and make sure that the keywords that are listed within the title and throughout the text of the listing are included within your resume. Many employers use computer scanning to sift through piles of resumes to find those containing all of the relevant keywords they are looking for. For this reason, it is also important to keep the most recent, relevant information on the first page.

Tout your various skills and strengths.

Include all relevant experience within the field as it applies to the position and personal strengths that you feel make you a strong candidate. While job history is important, displaying a skill set that is in line with the needs of the facility will go a lot further. Additionally, be sure that all current certifications are included, as well as continuing coursework.

Share your achievements and accolades.

If you’ve been recognized for outstanding service, have been given awards or other recognition through jobs, or have presented at a conference or written articles for publications, be sure to share that information on your resume to show that you have established yourself as a trusted and recognized name within your field.

Talk about life outside of work.

Though it may seem irrelevant, share volunteer experience, personal hobbies, and pastimes if you have room on the page. Showing the drive and commitment to participate in activities outside of work will reflect positive personality traits that can help you to land the job that you want.

There are many things that employers look for when making decisions on who to hire for a position. By sharing as much information as you can about yourself and your qualifications while staying relevant to the requirements of the position, you will increase your chances of getting hired. Take your time with each resume you submit and ensure that you have presented yourself in the most accurate and appealing way possible.


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Contributor Patrick Dotts

Patrick, who’s grown with Soliant over the past 8 years, was promoted to the managing director of the healthcare division in January of 2018. Before that, Patrick was the division director for Soliant’s nursing and allied health division. Patrick has worked very closely with not only hospitals and other healthcare facilities but also the healthcare professionals that make up their workforce. This experience has given Patrick a unique insight into the ins and outs of the medical field, especially regarding its workforce. Before Soliant, he graduated from Bowling Green University and cherishes his free time with his wife, daughter, and son. Make sure to read more of Patrick’s other blogs on nursing and allied health.