Whether it’s been 10 years since you last updated your resume or your current one isn’t getting results, it’s important to know what makes a resume standout from the pile.  In healthcare IT there is some stiff competition so you need your resume to be a knockout.

Now while this may seem intimidating at first, there’s no need to panic!  A few helpful hints from a recruiter in the trenches is your ticket to finding you the position you deserve.

Write, and Include, Your Objective
Giving companies the opportunity to view a summary of where you’ve been and where you want to go is an important piece of the resume puzzle.  Show a future employer you have a clear idea of where you want your career to go and tie your previous experience and education to it. A couple of sentences in the “Objective” area at the top of your resume should do the trick.  Just keep your information relevant, succinct and focus on where you want to go with your career.

Organize Your Resume Chronologically
As you think back on the positions you’ve held, think about your objective and establish which of the jobs you’ve performed have helped you get to where you want to be.  Once you have those in place, start with your most recent position and include the jobs most relevant to the job you’re applying for.  Just make sure that you don’t make your whole resume extend beyond two pages.

Keep Your Formatting Consistent
When we talk about formatting, we mean things like font style, font size, spacing between sentences and even the types of bullets you use.  While Microsoft Word offers an array of tempting fonts, you need to resist the urge to use them.  Pick a font and stick to it throughout.  At Intellect Resources we prefer you use the Calibri, size 12.  You can italicize it or bold it, but generally, you want to keep with the same font style.

The same goes for spacing.  If you are going to double space between jobs, be consistent and do it every time.  Bolding job titles?  Keep bolding them throughout.  If your resume is a potpourri of scattered white space, you may immediately create the impression that you’re disorganized or careless with your work.  First impressions mean everything and this is the very first glimpse a company is going to get of you.

Make the Most Out of a Few Words
Your resume is there to sell you.  Your challenge?  Well it’s sitting in a pile with dozens, if not hundreds, of other resumes, and you want to make sure it gets noticed.  With less than two pages you’ll need to keep your words to a minimum, stay factual, highlight your strengths, and make your point.

After each job you’ve held, bullet out the tasks you performed at your job by using an active voice.  This means you should channel your high school English class and remember to put your verbs first.

Use starters like these for your bullet points:

  • Performed…
  • Managed…
  • Utilized…
  • Delivered…
  • Wrote…
  • Designed…
  • Assisted…

These words are attention-getters that get to the point quickly.  Don’t draw out your words and attempt to dazzle them with an array of luminous, awe-inspiring, vivid, colorfully decorated adjectives.  Just make your case and get out.

Edit and Proofread…A LOT
The temptation is high to simply write something and declare it done.  You can’t do that with something as important as a resume that will help catapult your career.  Take the extra time, read over it, make whatever changes you need to and then read it again.  Get others to help out too.  Sometimes our brains can be very tricky and fill in words for us.

Writing an effective resume can literally be the key to having a successful career.  Take it seriously, and if writing isn’t your thing, ask friends or hire someone to help you.  There are resume-writing services out there who knock out these things daily and know all of the tricks. Play to your strengths, get the help you need and nail it.

f there is nothing else that you take away from this, remember these important points.

Your resume needs to:

  • Have a clear objective.
  • Go in chronological order starting with the most recent job and include only relevant experience.
  • Be consistent with formatting.
  • Be short, sweet and to the point. No rambling.
  • Be no more than 2 pages long.
  • Be proofread for spelling and grammar errors.

Good luck in your search and best wishes at your new job!

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