4 tips for writing a good résumé
Your resume is usually the first thing a potential employer sees. It represents your skills and abilities as a professional in the healthcare field. Having a good resume is your stepping stone to getting a foot in the door for your dream job. Below are 4 tips for writing a good resume that will stand out.
1. Check your spelling and grammar.
This seems like a no-brainer, but misspelled words and bad grammar slip through on résumés more often than you might think. Unfortunately, they come off as sloppy and uncaring, which are traits companies definitely don’t want in potential employees. Double- and triple-check to make sure everything is spelled correctly. Have a friend or family member read it out loud to you to make sure that you’ve written everything correctly. Have a look at online grammar guides if you are confused about anything — and do all of this before submitting your resume.
2. Consistent formatting.
Once you’ve made a stylistic choice on how to format your résumé, stick to it. Hiring managers usually spend about six seconds on their first read-through of your resume, so clear and consistent formatting is a must. Wide margins, a readable font and well-emphasized headings will help potential employers quickly understand your value. Selectively using italicization, bold lettering and bullet points can also help guide the reader’s eyes to the points you most want to highlight (but be smart about how you use them!).
3. Accomplishments are more important that job descriptions.
Good résumés usually include sections for previous job titles, but many résumés fall into the trap of simply listing the job descriptions in each section. Avoid just listing tasks and responsibilities; instead take time to write about your actual accomplishments. The tasks you were assigned in your previous positions do not necessarily tell the whole story; this is your opportunity to highlight your victories and usefulness in those roles.
4. Keep your industry in mind.
If you’re in a creative field, your résumé is an excellent opportunity to show off your unique flair and skills. However, in the medical industry, an extravagant résumé may deter more conventional employers. Know your industry, and cater your résumé appropriately.
Using these four basic steps, you can begin to craft a résumé that speaks to your skills, accomplishments and goals, which might help you catch the attention of your dream employer. Give it a try and let us know how it goes!