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Healthcare Resume Samples and Tips
Need a healthy looking resume for the healthcare industry? That’s what this page is all about. Below, we’ve written an easy-to-follow healthcare resume guide, so that you know exactly what to include in your resume, and how to write it.
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Firstly, a healthcare resume will differentiate from many other industries in the type of information you will want to make sure to highlight in your previous experience, educational and additional skills sections.
Some things you will want to include as a healthcare professional on your resume include but aren't limited to:
- Writing Skills (such as grants, cases, propositions or funding requests. An employee that has the ability to get a department or institution funding is a valuable employee indeed)
- Knowledge of current and soon-to-be current healthcare programs (a healthcare worker in 2013 that doesn't understand Medicaid, Medicare or the Affordable Care Act is not as valuable as one who does)
- State teams and personnel size worked with or managed in numerical terms (adding your healthcare responsibilities in numbers makes your resume much easier to understand immediately)
Regarding experience in particular, if you’re looking to get hired as a nurse, your ability to do heart surgery really isn’t relevant to the job. You need to know how to draw blood, how to take blood pressure, and do basic physical checkups. You’ll need specific licensing and certifications that nurses need in order to get hired.
This section should be no more than two sentences, and display the most relevant qualifications for the job you’re applying for. Your years of experience working in the field, the certifications you possess, and the education you’ve received are all excellent pieces of information to put in this section. Do so.
Previous Healthcare Experience
The professional experience section of a healthcare resume is not hard to write. Since most healthcare workers have specialized services that they train for, you’re already quite familiar with the professional tasks that you perform on a daily basis. Include any niche specific experiences, like particular software systems unique to different corners of the healthcare world. Recruiters and HR types will be looking for these industry relevant experiences.
A nurse, for instance, might write:
“Delivered patient care for patients of all ages within a 15 bed unit, taking vital signs and assisting with personal care for profoundly injured patients.”
The hiring manager will appreciate the clarity that you give them by being specific, with numbers, about the job duties you perform.
Healthcare Education Section
If you’re going into healthcare, or are currently professionally employed, it’s likely in large part due to your education and/or training. Include the name of the hospital or institution where you did your internship. You can read a detailed "Education Section" rundown on this page.
Using healthcare related internships and/or volunteer experience can really help strengthen a healthcare resume, as internships are as valuable as real work experience and volunteer experience shows a strong work ethic. Both can help compensate for auther weaker aspects of your resume like GPA or addtional skills.
General Healthcare Additional Skills Worth Mentioning
Additional skills will be where you list all of your licenses and certifications that will be attractive to the employer and industry you are applying to. Try to customize them so they make sense for the particular job applied to. For example, if applying for a job in natural and preventative medicine, and you took a study trip to China to study the principals of traditional Chinese acupuncture, include that skill here.
The picture below should give you a good idea about how to format this section. (note the picture highlights language proficiency. In an ever-globalizing world listing additional languages, especially metropolitan areas, is a huge benefit to any healthcare resume. If still in school, consider Spanish or Mandarin as two very popular choices)
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A Physical Therapist does a fantastic job of helping people get back to a state of health that allows them to live life similar to before they were injured. All Physical Therapist resume formats will be different depending on which area of Physical Therapy you work in. This ranges from brain injuries in adults, broken bones of the elderly and amputations in children among many other areas.
Physical therapy is amongst the top in healthcare jobs that will be lucrative and easy to get in the future! Click here to read the blogpost on how to get your piece of the pie!
Physical Therapy is takes a unique person to do, someone with patience, optimism, and very good communication skills. Besides impacting the lives of patients, Physical Therapists also have the added benefit of generally having a physically healthy job themselves. Jen Luckwaldt ranked Physical Therapist at #1 along with Personal Trainer as one of the top 3 jobs for burning calories. Check out her blog here.
Physical Therapy is a growing industry, so more people with the above mentioned skills will be required to satiate demand. See the projection below from the U.S Department of Labor:
Profile of a Physical Therapist
If you have Physical Therapist experience that includes you in a role that has managed other persons consider including a profile under your contact details. This may include your years of experience, several bullet points with your key skills and any certificates you may have gained.
This may look like this:
“Consummate professional with over 15 years experience as Regional Director of physical therapy. Expertise in brain injuries and holistic rehabilitation. Ability to handle budgets across several departments of 300+ personnel.”
A career objective is similar to a profile but can be shortened to one or two sentences. This should define more towards what the job you are applying to is looking for in terms of skills, years of experience and education level.
Here’s an example of a Physical Therapist resume objective:
“4 years experience attending to sports injuries and increasing recovery rates with State of Texas certification in Physical Therapy. Seeking a similar role in a forward thinking hospital.”
Think about the sorts of action verbs you can use on your resume. This may include:
Diagnose: “Diagnose 15+ patients per day creating recovery plans to individual needs”
Evaluate: “Evaluate best practices for recovery rates and apply new methods when necessary”
Educate: “Educate local community, patients and their families on ways to cope with serious trauma”
Try to be specific on your resume format about what you know as a Physical Therapist. Which area are you skilled at? Let us know in the comments and we'll add it to this guide to help other PT's looking to write their resume. Let's work together to make this a great resource for everyone!
The U.S department of Health and Human Services reported the healthcare industry to be valued at over $1.75 trillion dollars and employing more than 14 million people in 2010, comprising approximately 9% of the U.S workforce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that growth in the industry will yield 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018. Jobs in on-site healthcare and laboratories are expected to grow the fastest, pushing near "40% in the next 10 years"
Read about some of the more important qualities of a Physical Therapist to provide you a broad overview of what you can write on your resume, provided by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics here.
Licenses and Certification
As all Physical Therapists should be licensed you must write it on your resume. If you have specific certificates such as for strokes, amputations or brain injuries note those down too and make sure they are up-to-date.
A lot of licenses and certificates in the Physical Therapist field should be continually updated. Don't forget simple things like CPR knowledge, CNA training, general first aid, and similar skills. There is a series of standardized codes that correspond to popular licenses you can reference here.