The Importance of a Good Resume.
When you are in the business of connecting employers and employees, the one topic that almost always comes up in conversation is resumes. Employers always say “I just don’t see it” or “why did they leave that off” or “tell me what isn’t on here” while candidates are always asking “what is important” or “how long should it be” or “is the format ok?” So because of this, we wanted to highlight the three most important (and most discussed) aspects of a senior care provider’s resume.
First and most importantly, double check all of your dates and titles and for goodness sake, use spell check. Attention to detail is very important in health care and missed dates or misspelled words do not convey a detailed oriented person. This may seem very basic but it is constant problem that occurs time and again and can be the difference in getting the position you always wanted. Additionally, dates are often cross-referenced in background checks, so it is important to be as accurate as possible.
Secondly, carefully delineate both your responsibilities and accomplishments for each position. Responsibilities should be simple overviews but still detailed enough to convey the full duty of the role. For instance, don’t just write “managed people” but instead write “managed 5 nursing staff members and 15 facility employees”. This gives a much better scope of the position. Likewise, accomplishments should be equally concise but thorough. Instead of limiting yourself to “increased census” instead try “increased census from 70% to 80% in year one and to 95% in year two”. And if you are one of those people that have a hard time verbalizing your accomplishments, then think about it as if you were your boss. What would they have been happy that you did? Did you increase sales or improve profit? Maybe you improved resident satisfaction? Perhaps you had an error free year with great compliance reports? These are all accomplishments that would make an impact for any employer and thus should be highlighted on your resume. These accomplishments are what make you special.
Finally, the length of a resume is always something that people seem to struggle with. After seeing thousands upon millions of resumes, it is our belief that a resume should be as long as it needs to be but no longer. So if you are four years out of college, one page will more than suffice. But if you have 30 years of experience and feel you need two pages to get all of your accomplishments listed then by all means use two pages. And although it is true that you can become much more succinct once you approach 10 or 15 years of experience on your resume, we do not encourage you to leave it off all together. Often times that depth of experience is useful to the role and it also shows your overall career path.
Now because you are a busy senior care provider and you always want to have your resume look as good as it possibly can, we encourage you to make updating your resume an annual affair. Not because you are necessarily looking for a new position, but because it is much easier to remember all of your responsibilities and accomplishment over the last year then it is from five years ago, especially the night before a very important interview. And if you keep these three simple guidelines in focus, writing your resume should be fun and satisfying experience that yields rewarding results.