Long gone are the days of hard and fast resume rules directing no more than one page of content, insisting on an overly general objective statement on marbled eggshell paper!
It’s 2011 and research shows that the modern-day human resource manager takes anywhere between two to four minutes to review YOUR resume. Make the short amount of time hiring managers spend to review your resume count. Ensure that essentials are nailed, formatting is cleaned up, and your employment history and education is clearly stated. In addition to the standard resume best practices, here are six unique resume tips to help land your dream job as a healthcare management professional.
1. Lead with your Strongest Professional Attribute
Is it your education, professional experience, or technical abilities that represent your best asset? All are imperative to mention, but begin your resume with the strongest of the three.
2. Include Professional Associations
Professional association membership is an often overlooked asset to include on a healthcare resume. If you are a member of associations like American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) or American Colleges of Healthcare Executives—include them! Professional association membership shows that you are involved and motivated to grow in your chosen profession.
3. Ensure Dates and Descriptions are Correct
Data integrity is paramount. Not only do hiring managers look for the hard facts, but they will start to form an opinion through soft skills—including attention to detail. Ensuring dates of employment or education and job descriptions are on par will help shed light on the prospective employee.
4. Cut out Unnecessary Information
With only minutes to impress, take out the generalizations of life goals and inconsequential objectives that are not position specific. Instead, showcase the very reasons you would do well in that position. Are you currently in a position that mirrors similar job duties? Is your education specific to the job description?
5. Summarize with Bullet Points to Get Your Message Across
Hiring managers often have an abundance of resumes to look through; therefore it is essential for prospective employers to create a resume that is easy for the reader’s eyes. Summarizing your professional history in a few bullet points can be a challenge; but don’t worry—it can pay off in the end.
**Tip: Start the bullet with an active verb. (Example: Sought out new nursing personnel by sourcing online hiring database; or Trained new hires on medical record software.)
6. List All Extra-curricular Activities
Make sure all of your professional and personal development groups are listed, as this type of practical experience is a gold star for hiring managers. Doing this shows that you are a well-rounded individual.
Now it’s time to source a good position for you – how should you do it? Begin by utilizing career-focused websites like Indeed.com that act as a knowledge management sourcing site. Indeed allows you to search by keyword and geographical location; while pulling current and new vacancy announcements from the local newspapers and national job suppliers like Monster ™ and CareerBuilder.com.
Additionally, if you have yet to jump on the social media professional train, utilize LinkedIn. This 100 million- member-strong online professional network can connect students, recent healthcare management degree graduates, healthcare practitioners, and most importantly—hiring managers.
Ensuring you take a no-nonsense approach to your resume revamp and career hunt – is just the right approach that can kick-start your continued success!