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Your resume is the single most important tool you have for finding a job. A good one that completely represents your abilities can singlehanded land you an interview. To make sure your resume is everything it can be, review the following medical secretary resume sample. By providing advice from experts, we have outlined several ways it can be improved so you do not make the same mistakes.
Have more than bullet points
The biggest shortcoming this resume suffers from is its overuse of bullet points. It begins with a summary in paragraph form, which is pretty effectively written, but the summary is a little too short. You should aim for about four or five lines for your resume so you can really explore your abilities. Immediately after the summary, this resume jumps into an extensive bulleted list of highlights. Additionally, the highlights section is too big. Having three or four points in each column would be stronger:
If the summary was of an adequate length, this section would be acceptable, but as it is, there is simply not enough text to describe the writers experience, acquired skills, and personal traits. The reader does not get a good enough feel for what they are really like. In short, it is hard to identify with the candidate. Bullets are an excellent way to express a lot of information quickly and effectively, but too many give a resume an impersonal feel.
To prove that bullet points are not a bad thing when used correctly, this resume could actually benefit from formatting their experiences section with bullets. The information included with each position is already essentially in the form of a list, Look at this paragraph: Administrative and clinical assistant in a blossoming gynecology and obstetric practice. Responsibilities included but were not limited to: maintaining medical records, procedure pre-certification, insurance verification, accounts receivable, insurance claim processing, office and outpatient procedure scheduling, prenatal work-ups and Fetal Doppler It is difficult to read all the way through because the information is not presented clearly. You would not want to give each point its own bullet, but instead aim for five to eight. It might look something like this:
Formatting this way also provides an opportunity to follow one of the most important rules in resume crafting: You should always start a bullet point with a strong action verb such as Worked, Practiced, or Exercised. When writing your current employment situation, use present tense; otherwise write in the past tense.
Lastly, this resume ends with a paragraph detailing their skills. This is exactly what would make the beginning of the resume flow better and give it that personal touch. It is rare that an employer will even get to the end of the resume, which is why education typically is the last thing to be listed. Something like your skills should be right at the top, immediately following the summary. This resume was organized like this: Summary, Highlights, Experience, Education, Skills When writing yours, try to organize the information like this: Summary, Skills, Highlights/Accomplishments (optional), Experience, Education Remember that you are essentially selling yourself. You need to grab the employers attention as quickly as possible. That is the only way the later information on your resume will ever be read. The best resumes have been reviewed and improved by experts. To maximize your chances to get called for an interview, take advantage of our services and use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.