• Prasanthi Naidoo

Four reasons you need to update your healthcare resume now

Many people used to think that once they had a polished, professional resume saved on their computer, they were ready apply for jobs whenever the need should arise. Whether or not that was ever the case is debateable, but it certainly isn't true today.

Healthcare workers in particular need to perform regular maintenance on their resumes - and update them specifically for each job they apply for. That's because they work in a rapidly evolving sector - and one that values personality and soft skills almost as much as constantly evolving technical credentials.

So, if you are looking for a new healthcare gig, here are four critical reasons to update your resume before submitting it to a potential employer.

Relevant keywords

Most large organizations use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to screen candidates for healthcare job openings. This software scans applications for relevant keywords and filters out those resumes that don't contain the sought-after words and phrases.

Read the job description carefully and then make sure that your resume uses the same words to describe your skills and credentials as the job posting does. This increases your chances of getting past the electronic filter and actually read by a human decision maker.

Latest accomplishments

Healthcare recruiters will be familiar with the duties and responsibilities of your previous roles. Therefore, you don't need to take up a lot of space describing the day-to-day of your work history. What employers want to know is how you stood out in the role. What did you achieve in the position that others might not have? Keep your resume up to date you’re your latest accomplishments and any recognitions you may have received.

Technical savvy

Technology and computer use are becoming increasingly essential for healthcare workers across the board. Be sure to include your software and program expertise, in your resume. You can describe how you used your technical skills to excel in previous positions or list them in a separate Technical Summary section. This gives you an easy way to work the relevant tech-related keywords from the job description into your resume.

Also, be sure to keep your resume updated with any new technologies you learn or certifications or training that you receive.

Soft skills

Personality matters. Particularly in the sensitive field of healthcare, employers are looking for candidates with proven transferable and interpersonal skills as well as technical credentials. LinkedIn's Global Talent Trends report for 2019 noted that 92% of talent professionals say that soft skills matter as much or more than hard skills when they hire, and 80% say they’re increasingly important to company success.

Highlight how you have used your softer skills to succeed in your previous roles. These include valuable attributes such as:

· Empathy,

· Communications skills,

· Team and relationship building,

· Problem Solving and decision making,

· Dealing with high-pressure situations.

Note your ability to work with different groups of patients and professionals. Wherever possible, note a successful outcome that you were able to deliver through collaboration with others.

Because the job requirements for most healthcare roles are clearly defined, the short-list of candidates will all have the necessary education and certifications in order to be considered. It's by demonstrating that you can go the extra mile and be a better fit for the role that you can stand out from this crowd.


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