How To Update Your Resume to Find An Allied Health Care Job in 2021
By Tanya Bassil | June 18, 2021 |
You’ve sat down and begin to wonder how to update your resume to find an allied health care job in 2021. Well, everyone needs a strong resume in order to catch the attention of hiring managers and get called into an interview. Much like how everyone’s life has changed in the past year, what you should include in your resume has changed as well. Does your resume address the pandemic, remote roles, new technological skills? You want to make sure that you update your resume in order to match the skills, experience and qualifications that employers are seeking. Here are some answers to questions you might be thinking about when updating your resume.
How To Make Your Experience Section Easy to Skim
Undoubtedly one of the most challenging parts of writing resumes is making sure you have a balance of information and the ability to make it easy to skim. On average hiring managers spend 6-7 seconds glancing at resumes before deciding if the candidate is a potential match. So you want to make sure that your resume is not filled with walls of text but rather important information that they can get quickly. Use bullet points and condense everything as much as possible in order to help make everything easy to read.
Healthcare hiring managers are looking at your healthcare specific experience. Make sure you clearly and concisely highlight all your experience and major challenges.
Do I Need To Address the Pandemic in My Resume?
Yes. 2020 was a challenging year for everyone. People got laid off, furloughed, or had to take time off to take care of others. When updating your resume make sure to include how you managed yourself and how you were resilient. Did you take a temporary job? Did you learn new skills? or did you take on additional responsibilities? How you handled yourself during this tough year says a lot about your character and how you manage stressful situations (this is an important attribute in the healthcare industry).
Frontline workers took on a lot of extra responsibilities during 2020 make sure to include that in your resume. You want to showcase how even though nothing was certain you were still able to keep a high level of professionalism and maintain relationships with your patients.
Add In Remote Work Skills
It’s likely that we will start to see more remote jobs than ever before in the job market. We might even see traditionally in-office roles transition into purely permanent remote roles. Ensure when you’re updating your resume to include any skills that relate to remote work. For example, do you know how to use Google Docs? Asana? Trello? Microsoft teams? How have your communication and technological skills improved? Note anything that shows you were adaptive to the rapidly changing situation. For example, make sure to highlight how you were still able to treat patients by using these new technologies.
What Skills Should I Put on my Resume for Healthcare?
Regardless of which job you’re applying for you need to emphasize skills that relate to the job. If a hiring manager is looking for specific healthcare professional skills, he or she will scrutinize your resume for those skills. Mention all responsibilities and duties that you’ve handled in previous jobs and any managerial, time management or communication skills you have.
COVID-19 has certainly changed a lot in the allied health care industry for both job candidates and employers and isn’t slowing down any time soon. Candidates who prove that they are prepared for the post COVID-19 work environment will become more attractive to hiring companies. Be prepared with an updated resume that reflects the changing workforce.
If you have more questions or would like to talk to a recruiter about how you can update your resume contact us today!