If you’re like most people, you’ve been using the same basic resume format for you’re the majority of your travel career. Sure, it may have landed you a few good jobs, but if you find yourself losing traction in your travel assignment search, it might be time to audit the old Curriculum Vitae and make it a head-turner. Here’s how to do just that in 10 minutes.
What to remove
You’re likely going to need to trim down your resume to make room for the game-changer information, so here are a few things you can easily omit from the final draft. Don’t get sentimental about removing information that’s been on your resume forever – remember, you’re upgrading!
- Hobbies. Having hobbies and favorite past times is a great thing to make employers aware of to show you’re well-rounded, but this can wait until the interview stage.
- Education that isn’t relevant. If you studied abroad sophomore year in Italy, that’s amazing! But it probably shouldn’t still be on your resume 10 years later. Same goes for high school education – if it’s not healthcare related, it probably shouldn’t be there.
- Redundant information. If you’re submitting a cover letter along with your resume, check for places where the same experience may be listed twice, and pick a place to remove it. Space is precious!
What to include
For allied healthcare professionals, it’s especially important to include certain information in your resume – that’s why you can’t follow just any resume guide to get it right. Make sure you’ve got the following items that hiring managers are looking for featured on your resume.
- Current licenses and certifications, and make sure to include:
- License/certification number
- Expiration and/or issue date
- Licensing/certifying organization
- Specialties. This is an area you can tailor your resume depending on the facility you are applying to. If it’s for a job on the ER floor, highlight your ER experience and skills in this specialty. If it’s a position at a children’s hospital, make your pediatric experience stand out. A potential employer will be impressed if it’s clear you spent time making your resume pertain to the job you’re applying.
- Employment history. The obvious things like facility names, your job titles and start-end dates of your employment are likely already present on your resume. But also make sure you include some other vital information that might give you that extra bit of credibility:
- The type of facility – was it a teaching hospital? Has it won any awards relevant to your specialty? Make sure this information doesn’t go to waste.
- The number of beds and/or caseload, if applicable.
- The computer or charting system you used at the facility.
- Education. As stated above in “What to remove”, make sure your resume only includes education pertaining to the healthcare field.
- Professional organizations and/or honors. Don’t let that membership go to waste – if you’re a member of any professional organizations, this displays your commitment to continuing education and professional development.
Finally, make sure you proofread meticulously. A simple typo can be detrimental to your job chances, especially if you’re up against another candidate. A grammar error or inconsistency might be what tips the scale out of your favor.
Is your job search stalled? Give one of our recruiters a call today – we offer free services to job candidates, and it’s our goal to match you with a facility looking for a travel candidate just like you.