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Healthcare is full of opportunities and quality occupations. Wanting to build a strong resume to pursue these chances is very understandable. We had our experts look at a real Massage Specialist resume to find some common strengths and weaknesses. You can follow this example to learn what works and what you should avoid. The sample is also full of advice on how to shore up the weaknesses to create the best possible resume, regardless of your background and experience. Making the most of this tool can get you a leg up on the competition.
Exclude work experience that is more than 15 years old
This resume tries to summarize the older work history to minimize the amount of space it devours, but realistically, it can be omitted entirely. This would free space that could better be used to improve other sections. Unless an employer requests otherwise, they are uninterested in jobs and experience that is too old or outdated. Your most recent jobs are always considered the best representation of your skills and value. When word real estate is as precious as in a resume, there is little reason to include anything that does not enhance you as a hiring prospect.
Use bulleted lists for the skills section
For the most part, this sample does a great job of highlighting the best uses of bullets to present information. The skills section falls short. A bulleted presentation would make it much easier to follow. Additionally, this is a good way to make sure a resume has all relevant and applicable keywords to make it more computer friendly. Larger agencies will use automated searches and filters to sift through the huge piles of submissions, so nailing the keywords can be vital. Another way to improve on this section would be to move it close to the top of the resume. As the skills are briefly listed, they serve as an enhancement to the summary. Putting them at the end makes them feel less valuable and easier to skip. Wrong: Healthcare: intravenous therapy, MEDISOFT, computerized charting, STD counseling, breastfeeding educator People skills: great bedside manner, enthusiastic people person, advanced problem-solving, great organizational skills Right:
You can see which list is easier to follow. It is worth noting that the content of this list makes excellent use of including soft and hard skills. Whatever you choose to include in your table, try to keep your lists between three and eight points per column. This is the sweet spot between overwhelming and underwhelming list lengths.
Order the sections by importance
You have already seen that changing the order of the sections of a resume can impact the documents effectiveness. In general, you want to present information by order of importance. This mostly serves to conform to the expectations of the reader and make it easier for them to understand your presentation. It also helps you in the event your hiring is managed by someone who is very pressed for time. If they feel a need to skip through resumes, then your best bet to be noticed is to have your strongest points first. This is why the summary comes first and is usually followed by the skills or highlights. These are quick overviews that serve to impress the interviewer. In this particular example, the work experience is far more relevant than the education. While both are worth listing, putting the experience first enhances the overall resume. If you want to take your resume beyond the limits of this tool, then you should consider QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. It can apply all of this expertise and more to your personal submission.