It turns out that you don't need to be a healthcare professional on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic to find yourself in a scary situation. Thousands of healthcare professionals are without a job for the foreseeable future thanks to the toll the virus has taken on the healthcare system.
Since the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic in March, the CDC has asked healthcare providers, including hospitals, to postpone all non-essential elective and preventive procedures, including immunizations and surgeries, until further notice. The U.S. Surgeon General echoed this suggestion when he called on healthcare systems to include other elective procedures, including dental work, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Several states have followed suit with orders to suspend elective and non-urgent procedures temporarily.
Still, if you are considered a non-essential healthcare worker and have lost your job, there is hope. Many essential healthcare facilities still need frontline staff and you have mastered valuable skills that are urgently needed during this time of crisis. Here, we'll show you how and where to apply those skills so you can get back to work fast.
Transferable skills to emphasize on your resume
Whether you are a dental or physician's assistant, licensed practical nurse, radiology technologist or office staff in a non-essential healthcare facility, you have hard, soft and technical skills that you can transfer to many available jobs in essential healthcare facilities. Highlighting these transferable skills on your resume will set you apart from the competition.
Below is a breakdown of the hard, technical and soft skills you may have mastered as a non-essential healthcare professional that you should consider adding to your next resume:
Hard skills: Taking vital signs, administering injections and medications, inserting IVs and catheters, reading electrocardiograms (EKGs), problem-solving, troubleshooting.
Technical skills: Computers, Human Resources Information Software, record keeping software, information technology, medical equipment and tools, database management
Soft skills: Communication, empathy, decision making, customer service, ethical judgement, collaboration, conflict management, leadership, adaptability, relationship building, interpersonal, multitasking
Certifications and training: You should list and certifications or licenses that you have, such as: Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Ophthalmic Technician, Radiologic technologists, or Dental Hygienist License in a separate section on your resume.
These industries are hiring people with your skills
If you are a a dental assistant, physician's assistant, dental hygienist, dental laboratory technician, medical appliance technician, orthodontic assistant, licensed practical nurse, certified nurse's assistant, ophthalmic technician, medical aesthetician, aesthetic nurse specialist, radiology technologist:
- Many essential healthcare facilities like hospitals, veterinary offices, nursing homes, hospices, in-home elder care, emergency medical and dental providers, and research and laboratory services continue to ramp up staffing and need skilled workers.
- Check medical job boards like Health Jobs Nationwide, Career Vitals, Health Careers and Hospital Jobs Online as well as sites like Indeed and LinkedIn for opportunities.
If you are administrative staff, such as office manager, patient coordinator, receptionist, recruiter, administrative assistant, operations specialist, human resources coordinator or training specialist, billing clerk or payroll specialist, you might be qualified for one of these roles:
- Administrative assistant (for example, at a residential facility)
- Virtual executive assistant (for example, for a private client)
- Receptionist (for example at a hospital)
- Sales associate (for example, at an essential retailer such as Target)
- Sales representative (for example, at a medical device manufacturer such as Baxter International)
- Stocker (for example, at a grocery store like Publix)
- Warehouse supervisor (for example, for a manufacturer like 3M)
- Driver (for example, at a courier company like OnTrac)
- Meal delivery person (for example, for a meal delivery company such as DoorDash)
- Grocery delivery person (for example, for a large chain such as Costco)
- Bank teller (for example at a bank such as Wells Fargo)
- Caregiver (for example, at a health facility such as a nursing home)
- Cashier (for example, at a drug store such as Walgreens)
How to apply for these roles and what you'll need
- A current email address and phone number
- A resume
- Identification, such as a driver's license or passport
- A current email address and phone number
- A resume
- A brief cover letter
How to find these jobs in your community
- Health Jobs Nationwide
- Career Vitals
- Health Careers
- Hospital Jobs Online
- Health Career Center
Do I need a resume during the COVID crisis?
While it's true that some businesses are no longer requiring current resumes during the coronavirus outbreak, others prefer candidates who have them, so we advise giving yourself the best chance by crafting an updated resume before you begin applying for a job.
Some businesses might also require a cover letter, so again, it's best to be prepared. Even if it's not required, a well-written cover letter could certainly help you stand out from the competition. All you'll need are two or three short paragraphs to introduce yourself and describe what you bring to the table.
Below, we've provided a sample resume to help you as you update yours for your new position.
Text resume example: An aesthetic nurse assistant applying for a nurse role at a hospital
Name: Lily Stafford
Address: Phoenix, AZ 85005
Phone: (555) 555-5555
Compassionate and caring Registered Nurse with more than a decade of experience in doctors offices, nursing home care, and home care services seeks a position at a busy hospital. Agile and responsive healthcare provider with extensive practical knowledge of medical equipment, tools and medications; emergency care and procedures, and hygiene. Capable of keeping calm and intervening during crisis situations.
Summary of Skills:
- Outstanding clinical judgement
- Adept at chronic disease management and care
- Skillful in intensive care procedures
- Trained in case management, patient and family advocacy
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Proficient at trauma care and recovery
- Strong clinical judgement
- Capable with administrative functions such as data entry
- Expert at monitoring and assessing vitals to optimize patient care and services.
Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
Phoenix Plastic Surgery Center
- Provided pre-and-post operative care to patients
- Assisted staff surgeons during minimally invasive procedure
- Assisted with assessments of patients' physical and mental health
- Sanitized patient procedure areas
- Sterilized equipment
- Performed Botox and Juvederm injections
- Educated patients on post operative at-home care, procedures, and answered questions
- Maintained records for 150+ patients
Marilyn Betts, MD
- Assisted physicians in taking blood pressure, measuring heartbeat and recording vitals
- Collaborated with 3 other nursing staff to establish calm, caring environment in busy doctor's office
- Attended to up to 40 patients per day
- Commended by supervisor for excellent handling of difficult situations involving patients and their families
- Educated patients in preventive care
- Administered immunizations
- Drew blood,collected urine and prepared samples for lab
- Performed routine administrative duties
Home Health Care Provider
- Cared for terminally ill person suffering from AIDS
- Monitored and assessed vital signs
- Provided daily assistance with bathing, feeding and dressing.
- Inserted catheters, IVs and administered medications
- Provided comfort and companionship
- Performed wound care and cleaning
- Worked with hospital staff and other medical teams to ensure best interdisciplinary care
Senior Living Services
- Monitored, evaluated and recorded medical conditions for 30 residents per 10 hour shift
- Developed and directed a rotational system of patient management and care
- Trained new nurses on department processes, interdepartmental systems and general practices
- Administered daily medications
- Performed direct care and management of 12 patients with chronic life-threatening conditions
- Inserted catheters, IVs and feeding tubes
- Provided mental health assistance
- Cleaned wounds and assisted patients with bathing and dressing
- Assisted patients and their families with end of life issues
- Performed conflict management between hospital staff and families
- Received Distinguished Best Patient Care Award from American Nurse Association
Education & Certification
Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Scottsdale Community College
RN License, Arizona
Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist License, Arizona