Resume Writing Tips

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Resume Writing Tips 2016-11-14T11:13:04+00:00

WHAT TO INCLUDE (AND WHAT NOT TO) IN YOUR RESUME

A great resume is one that stands out during the initial screening process, allowing the Human Resources staff or others to scan the document for the information that they have deemed important to make it through this first cut.

Only the resumes that get sent on will be read for the interview decisions, so yours has to not only be very good, but has to stand out among an entire stack of them.

It should go without saying but for some reason the basics always need repeating. Adhering to common guidelines will draw positive attention to your CV.

The following is a summary of do’s and don’ts when it comes to writing and submitting a resume.

A candidate must compose, in a few short pages, a career summary that skips nothing of substance and places events in a properly identified chronological order.

DO

If you have a nickname that you prefer to be called, indicate it, e.g., John “Jack” Smith. If you have a unisex name, include your middle name or a prefix to indicate whether you are male or female.

Namely current/or permanent address and all contact numbers, such as phone, cell phone, Skype ID (for some interviews), etc.

Hospital employers are looking for candidates with the most current experience, that means starting from the most recent one and going backwards.

Provide the dates in either dd/mm/yyyy or mm/yyyy format instead of just the years. Include the facility or hospital name and the title under which you were actively attending or employed, as well as list the location (city, state, country). Likewise for degrees/diplomas, you should list the year you received it (preferably mm/yyyy format) and from which school institute and its location.

Be clear, concise and to the point.

Make sure that your resume outlines your work history that’s relevant to the position you’re applying for. Check the job description for any listed requirements. The more relevant experience you have, the better, and it’s not always going to fit on one page.

Ensure your listed experience matches your obtained certificates/degrees/diplomas.

Use fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman at size 12 pt in standard black font. Use bullet point statements and make headings bold. You can use underlines or italics to emphasize on important points like awards and achievements.

Recruiters and employers should be able to quickly scan through your resume and still pick up important information about you. Include white spaces between headings and paragraphs instead of just solid blocks of texts.

Correct any formatting errors including having used the correct spellings, punctuation and grammar, and check all your dates and information for accuracy. Tip: Have a friend or colleague proofread your resume before sending it out.

e.g. John_Smith_CV or John-Smith-Resume, etc.

DON’T

We have many candidates, some of which share a similar name, and not only will it be confusing for us but you risk the wrong person being contacted and losing your application in the process. Stick to only your given first name, one middle initial (if any) and last name.

You may have more than one email but please use only one primary email address for all correspondence so that you do not miss important information being sent to you.

Employers generally don’t want to ask “toyboy12@xyz.com” or “honeybunny@abc.com” in for an interview. Instead, create a separate account for professional purposes.

Avoid using all CAPS LOCK or all lower case. Sentences should start with a capital letter followed by regular lower case.

If you have gaps, you must include a clear explanation for this. Gaps in employment are not looked upon favorably and may mean you lack the required experience which means you may not qualify or meet the requirements for the job you want.

One-page style resumes are typically fine if applying for jobs in the US, however, international employers particularly in the Middle East look for resumes with substantial information relevant to the post the candidate is applying for.

Just having the dates, job title, workplace and location listed does not suffice nor does it tell us whether you are qualified for the job you are applying for. Include details of your workplace, duties, responsibilities, shifts, patients, etc.

Recruiters should not have to guess or make assumptions about you or your experience/qualifications or even the job you are applying for. For instance, if a job requires American board-certification and you have that, write “American Board-certified in [your specialty]” instead of just “Board-certified” or if you are a Sonographer and ARDMS registered, you must list this. If you do not have the registration for your profession, you should write if you are eligible or not.  Be clear, concise and to the point.

Make sure your resume is tailored to the job you’re applying for, e.g. don’t apply for a Consultant ER job if your resume states you’re qualified as an RN ER. They are not the same thing. If addressing a recruiter or employer in your cover letter, make sure it is the right one and that the date is current as well as all your information.

Avoid jargon, cliches, and buzzwords.

Employers consider errors, particularly spelling errors, to be an indication of your lack of attention to detail.