Essential Resume Tips for Healthcare Professionals
Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert
Healthcare has undergone significant changes in the past 20 years, and healthcare organizations are increasingly sensitive to cost control and productivity. Funding sources for both public and private healthcare orgzanizations have cut back reimbursement and allowable expenses. Your resume must reflect an understanding of these changes. It must show evidence of skills, experience, a commitment to quality, and an ability to evaluate yourself, your peers and your department. There are different ways to reflect your key selling points in your resume. What is important is creating the right document, written in the right way to get you in that interview room.
Which Format Is Right for You?
Resume: A resume is preferred for healthcare professionals seeking positions in administrative or back-office operations. When seeking a management position, reverse-chronological resumes are preferred, as your experience and skills can be evaluated vis-a-vis the organization’s own needs. Hospitals and agencies need qualified people in accounting, purchasing, plant operations and MIS; these departments are usually open to qualified applicants from fields other than healthcare.
Curriculum Vitae (“Course of One’s Life”): CVs are used primarily by people in medical, academic and scientific professions. CVs should have a tone of understated modesty. The professional should list all credentials but not necessarily boast (as in a resume) about the achievements. Typical headings include education/degrees, internships, professional experience, awards and honors, publications (books, articles, reports, journals), speaking engagements, conferences and professional affiliations. The length depends on the level of experience — a CV for a new grad might be one page, whereas someone at the top of his profession might have multiple pages.