Jobs in medical services require a very particular skill set, different from any other kind of profession. This poses a challenge when writing your resume—the standard formats do not apply to you, yet the document has to be written precisely so as to have your skills clearly stated.
There’s no right way when writing your resume, but here are some details that you must include:
Your contact information
Place your name, residential address, phone numbers and email address at the top of your resume. If applicable, include a photo of yourself too.
Your objectives and personal statement
Here is where you can state your objectives for the type of job you are seeking. For example, a doctor will include what he can offer to the company in relation to inpatient or outpatient procedures.
If you applying for a senior role, use this section to talk about your career highlights and how you can use your experience in this new position.
Always start with your most current degree, certification or other formal education. Include the degree type, institution that awarded you and date of graduation. If your GPA is above 3.5, include it, together with any honours you receive.
Your employment history and experiences
As with the education section, begin with your current job, stating the job title, company name, dates of employment and a list of the three most important responsibilities and duties. It would be great if you can tailor them according to the job role you are applying for.
Include relevant clinical, coding or even customer service skills here. If you have taken any additional courses such as phlebotomy or Japanese, list them down. It will help you stand out from other applicants.
If you’re a member of any medical associations or societies, or have volunteered for campaigns or charities, list them all down. Besides making you appear better-rounded on your resume, adding your extracurriculars also shows your interest in the community, which is, after all, the basis for most medical services professionals.
Who better to recommend you for a job than an employer you have worked for? Before you include them in your list of referees, ask them for the permission to put their contact details down in your resume.
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