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What You Need to Include in Your Healthcare Resume

Whether you’re starting a new career or trying to advance in the one you already have, make sure your resume has what hiring managers look for most on healthcare resumes:

Keywords: Before that hiring manager sees your healthcare resume, it may be scanned by an applicant tracking system. If your resume doesn’t contain the keywords of your profession, it may never be seen or reviewed by an actual human. If you’re looking for a nursing position, include words like “patients,” “physicians,” and “quality care.” And if you’re hoping to become a billing and coding specialist, be sure to reference “insurance coverage” and “processing claims.” Choose common words from your career and use them on your resume.

Solid credentials: Include your licenses, certifications, awards, education and professional memberships. Highlight the positions you’ve held and facilities you’ve worked in that are relevant to the one you are pursuing. Be specific about the roles and responsibilities you’ve had. Call out times you’ve led a team or worked across departments. Show off the kind of employee you could be on your resume for the chance to show them in person.

Transferable skills: Even if you’ve never worked in healthcare before, chances are that you possess qualities and skills that would make you a good employee. For example, if you havethe attention to detail you needed to run a register and close out a cash drawer, it could transfer to a career as a pharmacy technician.

Externships and volunteer positions: On-the-job training isn’t the only way you can highlight your knowledge, experience and passion. Include healthcare externships to show that you’re always learning. Add volunteer positions to demonstrate your commitment to helping others. You learn from experiences in and out of work; show your future employer just how much!

Contact information: Make sure you give that employer several ways to get in touch with you. Include your home address, email and phone number.

At Charter College, we want you to succeed in and out of the classroom. That’s why our career services professionals have plenty of tips and techniques to help you on your job search. Check out our career-focused programs in aviation, business, healthcare, hospitality, information technology, paralegal studies, veterinary assistant and the trades.