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Building the Perfect Resume

Updated: Aug 12, 2019

By: Dr. Brittne Martin



Should we rethink resumes? With LinkedIn and personal websites, sometimes resumes feel like a thing of the past However, resumes should be viewed as a personal branding strategy. Resumes show employers what you could bring to their future.


It's important to remember that most recruiters for view your resume for less than 10 seconds. Having a clear, concise, and organized resume is key. So, how do you grab a hiring manager's attention? Remember you are the brand!


First, your name should be the most prominent thing on the page. Be sure that it is it is bold and that you are using a large font size. Also, your contact information should be at the top and bottom of your resume.


Looking for a particular job? Include a job title underneath your contact information. This will help recruiters quickly identify a qualified candidate and it will help applicant tracking systems prioritize your resume.


Next, develop a Career Overview or Summary of Qualifications. DO NOT USE AN OBJECTIVE. This should only take up 3 to 5 lines of your document. Here are some examples below:


Paragraph

Nurse with over 10 years of health care experience in urgent care facilities. Strong ability to triage patients, record vital signs, and maintain medial records. Exceptional ability to manage complex projects and provide administrative support to multiple physicians.


Bullet Points

  • Nurse with over 10 years of health care experience in urgent care facilities.

  • Strong ability to triage patients, record vital signs, and maintain medical records.

  • Exceptional ability to manage complex projects and provide administrative support to multiple physicians.

Notice that the content is the same, but the bullet points took up an extra line. Use spacing to your advantage.


Immediately following your career overview, you should incorporate a list of your skills. Reference the job description to create this section. You should typically have 10 to 15 skills listed.


Now here's the fun part! Add your professional experience. You should have no more than 10 to 15 years of work experience listed or your last 3 to 4 jobs. This section should include the company name, job title, dates of employment, job description, and list of accomplishments. Here's an example:

ABC Hospital

Lead Medical Assistant, 2017 – Present

Schedule patient appointments, provide medical support, and assist physicians with administrative tasks.

  • Reduced wait times by 20 minutes and implementing a new triage system

  • Trained and supervised new Medical Assistants


Be sure to quantify your experience. You may include older experience but exclude the dates. Here's an example:


  • Lead Medical Assistant at ABC Hospital - Scheduled patient appointments, provided medical support, and assisted physicians with administrative tasks.


The final section should be your education. You can also incorporate training and professional development. Include the institution name, degree or course title, and dates of completion. You can exclude the dates if you completed the degree or training more than 15 years ago.


Your resume should only be 1 to 2: pages. Remember, recruiters only have a limited amount of time to determine whether or not you are qualified. Use these tips to conquer resumes.


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