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A winning resume is one of the first steps to professionals landing their dream medical careers in travel nursing, travel therapy, and other areas of healthcare. The purpose of a resume is to market yourself on paper. It’s your opportunity to sell yourself as an exceptional candidate in order to secure the interview and eventually discuss your qualifications with the hiring manager in more detail.
Here are some tips to writing an exceptional resume - one that will catch the attention of prospective employers. Don’t hesitate to seek out other resources, too, such as the internet, your local library, and of course a medical staffing firm such as Aureus. Your account manager is a key resource.
Construct your resume in a clear, concise format.
- Condense your resume to one page, two at the very most. Set your margins at approximately 1 to 1.5 inches.
- Avoid small or very large print - use a font size between 10 and 12 point.
- Use a single, conservative font such as Times New Roman or Arial.
- Keep your type size consistent. Use bold lettering and italics sparingly, so they do not lose impact.
- Include your name, address, phone number, cell phone number, and email address at the top of your resume. If you are planning to move in the near future, state this in your cover letter and include alternate contact information.
Begin your resume by defining what you have to offer as a healthcare professional. Make a strong start by summarizing your skills. This approach provides some opening sizzle and explains what you have to offer the employer, rather than what the employer can do for you.
- List your work history or professional experience.
- Start with your current or most recent position and list your job experience chronologically. Take every opportunity to emphasize your skills and accomplishments. This is your time to shine!
- Summarize your education at the end of the resume.
- List your highest degree first, followed by lesser degrees, certifications, and relevant coursework.
- List any honors you received or honor societies you belong to.
- If you currently belong to any professional organizations, include these at the end of your resume, but only if they are relevant and enhance your profile. If you held a position in any of these organizations, include the position title.
- It is not appropriate to include hobbies, personal information, and political or religious affiliations.
- It is unnecessary to offer "references upon request" as it is obvious that if you want the job, you will supply them.
MS Word is widely used and will most likely be readable by the recipient. If you are using a recent version of MS Word, it's to your benefit to save it to a lesser version, as your recipient may not have undergone a recent software upgrade. The Acrobat PDF file type is a well-received document format as well.
As a general rule in resume formatting, classic fonts such as Times New Roman and Arial are universal on PCs. Use of designer fonts such as Broadway, Mistral, and Stencil will run the risk of not being available on the recipient's computer and will likely be substituted, which may disrupt formatting. Therefore, if emailing your resume as an attachment, use of Times New Roman or Arial will best ensure that your resume will look as you intended when read by the recipient.
Use of Bullets
Use of bullets is a simple way to present your information in a clean, easy-to-read format versus a large block of text. This is especially true when detailing your past work experience. Choose the round bullet, as it's universal to most PCs as opposed to designer fonts such as check marks, arrows or stars.
Do not use tables and graphs as part of your resume. Separate sections with white space versus dashes and dots.
Don't forget to check the spelling and grammar of your medical employment resume. Run Spell Check on the document before you print. And, ask at least one qualified individual to read your finished product for an objective critique. They should look at the overall content and search for typos and grammatical errors.