Grab your resume, pretend you’ve never seen it before, and read it. What did you think? Is it well written? Would you hire yourself? Your resume is your only chance to make a first impression, so it must be a top-notch document. If it’s not, it’s time to go back to the drawing board and start making some improvements.
Use Action Verbs
Look at the sections where you outline your work accomplishments. Do they start with action verbs? This is important because action verbs help describe the skills you’ve used. Starting your resume bullet points with action verbs also helps keep your descriptions short and powerful. When you read that section, does it make you feel proud and accomplished?
If it doesn’t, try rewriting it with action verbs. They’re a persuasive way to promote yourself. These verbs help the employer visualize you performing—and succeeding in—the job. That’s the kind of first impression you want to make on your resume. In fact, if you don’t use action verbs, it will likely be the only impression you make because you probably won’t land an interview.
When a hiring manager is screening candidates, that resume pile may seem huge. Resumes that go on and on may soon become boring. If you work on being precise, you’ll avoid that trap. Sometimes this requires you to be a fierce editor, especially if you tend to ramble. Rewrite and rewrite until your value proposition jumps out at a glance. It can be helpful to ask a trusted friend to be a second set of eyes for this part.
Remember this, too: healthcare jobs place a strong emphasis upon communication skills. This is your chance to make a strong first impression in this regard, too. Otherwise, the person reading may think that rambling on your resume would lead to rambling in your notes, reports, emergency instructions, and other on-the-job communication.
Keep Your Writing Strong
After you get your action verbs in order, it’s time to consider the other words on the page. Resume adjectives, for example, are powerful descriptors that add detail to your application. They help describe your skills, experience, and personality in a thoughtful and creative manner. A resume that doesn’t have any of them may be dull and uninspiring, but don’t overuse them. It’s important to find the right balance.
Finally, don’t forget to proofread your resume. This is extremely important. You should do it several times, and you should ask a friend who is skilled in this area to proofread it for you, as well. A thorough proofreading job should include the entire document: the body of the text, the headings, spelling, capitalization, formatting, and consistency. Don’t overlook anything because errors can happen anywhere.
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. Are you looking for your next assignment? If so, we would love to see your resume. We’re at 310.436.3650, and we’re looking forward to working with you.