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Healthcare Resume Tips: Work Experience


As you complete your resume hoping to land a target position in the healthcare field, you’re making the most of every detail and every section. You’re polishing your summary, listing each of your education credentials as succinctly as possible, and of course, you’re presenting your work history in the clearest and most positive light. Here are a few simple moves that can help you discuss and describe your previous positions in a way that will grab your reader’s attention.

Choose Between Chronology and Relevance

As you document your past positions, you’ll need to organize them in order of relevance, or in order of most to least recent. If your last position involved responsibilities and accomplishments that directly reflect the needs of your target employers, choose chronology. If not, find the position that best matches your future plans and place this one at the top of the list.

Include Basic Responsibilities…But not too Many

For each previous position, list the title of the job you held followed by the name of your employer clinic, hospital, or company. Then briefly summarize your most important responsibilities in that role. But don’t add too much detail; in the healthcare field, the responsibilities of your job will usually be suggested by your title, and most hiring managers don’t need a long list of the basic tasks that fell under your purview. They also aren’t interested in hearing that you’ve been executing the minimum. Instead, keep those details brief and emphasize the special accomplishments you completed in this role, including projects you spearheaded, ideas you suggested, and teams you led.

Quantify Your Work

As you list your accomplishments, add numbers everywhere you can. For example, if you led a team, how many people were on that team? If you reached a quota or surpassed a goal, what was the goal and by how far did you exceed it? If you have an excellent record regarding patient safety, outcomes, or performance reviews, frame that record in terms of numbers. This will make your claims easier for your readers to process and remember.

Keep it Short

For most candidates, the work history section will take up the largest of amount of real estate on the page. So make the best possible use of every line that’s include in this section. Convey lots of meaning in minimal space, and don’t let your resume extend beyond the length of two pages.

Align Your Work History with Your Cover Letter

Make sure that the work history section of your resume tells a story that harmonizes with the story you tell in your cover letter. If both of these sound like they’re written by the same person with the same goals, ambitions and skill sets, you’ll have a better chance of landing the attention you need.

For more on how to create a resume that stands out and leaves the competition behind, contact the experts at SCP.


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