The healthcare industry embraces a huge variety of careers, including nursing, physician leader, administration, sales, marketing, public relations, IT, and finance. Whatever your role in the organization, your resume in the healthcare industry must show that:
- You understand healthcare language, including the correct names of diseases, medications, regulations, and equipment and the correct abbreviations (it’s HIPAA, not HIPPA).
- You have very specific training, skills, and experience related to the job you want. More than with many other careers, you must read the job posting carefully to make sure you meet or exceed all the qualifications for the position where you are applying.
- You understand the resource pressures that the industry is facing. Make sure your resume describes any project that you served on, led, or initiated that saved money or trained employees or reduced turnover.
- You have taken the courses and certifications and met the licensing requirements for the position. In fact, that information should be part of your summary.
For each previous position, you should give specific information that includes the size of the facility and/or the size of your caseload and/or the types of patients you interacted with. Any work that relates to finance—finding funding, controlling a budget—and any work that relates to quality improvement should also be highlighted.
As a healthcare professional, you may work with a diverse population, so skills in a language other than English could be important. You are expected to have a high level of attention to detail; that means you must avoid typos and grammatical mistakes. One way to do that is to wait 24 hours after making any change to your resume; read the entire resume again with a fresh eye, and then send it out.
Robin’s Resumes® has helped many healthcare professionals advance their careers with resumes that are accurate, detailed, thorough, and attentive to the unique challenges of the healthcare industry. Please visit our website for more information.