When it comes to job hunting, there are no guarantees. However, there are ways to increase the odds of getting a call for an interview. This is good news for job seekers, especially when the job in question is a dream job. Here are a few ways to increase the chances of getting an interview for that dream job.
Be Clear in the Resume and Cover Letter
A resume is an opportunity to highlight accomplishments and show that the candidate is qualified for the job. It’s important to ensure that the resume is well written, and it’s essential to proofread it to catch any errors. In addition, people with experience in healthcare should elaborate on the type of caseload they’ve managed, including the number of patients/clients served and specific challenges. They should also highlight computer skills and ability to work with different groups of professionals.
Cover letters can be tough to write. However, there are a few specific tips that will make it easier to write a great cover letter. It should be direct, concise, and focused on the needs of the healthcare organization, not the job seeker’s requirements. The letter shouldn’t be a recap of the resume; it should highlight the successes and achievements that are most relevant to the position.
Tailor the Resume and Cover Letter to the Job Description
Hiring managers see many resumes and cover letters during the hiring process. A generic, one-size-fits-all resume just doesn’t cut it, especially in a sea of hundreds (or thousands) of applications. That’s why a tailored resume and cover letter may have a tremendous advantage; tailoring them may even be the deciding factor between a call for an interview and no call.
Tailoring a resume and cover letter can be simple. First things first: Sit down with a highlighter and really read the job description. Based on that, find the experience that would make the hiring manager most excited about your application, and rework the document so that’s what’s at the top.
Include the Right Keywords
Again, hiring managers may receive hundreds or even thousands of resumes when they’re hiring for a position. As a result, hiring managers may spend only a few seconds scanning a resume before putting it aside. Keywords can be a major factor in determining which resumes are set aside quickly and which receive more attention.
To facilitate the process, many hiring managers use applicant tracking systems (ATS), which compare the content of a resume to keyword searches initiated by a recruiter. When a job seeker tailors the resume and cover letter to the keywords in the job description, the applicant tracking system will rank it as a better match.
We’d Love to See Your Resume
At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals in per diem, travel, and permanent assignments in healthcare facilities across the country. We’d love to see your resume; call us at 310.436.3650 today.