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How to Get Your Allied Resume in Shape for 2019

Allied resume tips

How to Get Your Allied Resume in Shape for 2019

By Tiffany Aller

A well-maintained resume can mean the difference between catching a recruiter’s or hiring manager’s eye or sinking to the bottom of the resume pile. For practitioners in allied healthcare positions, resumes should be updated frequently to showcase any new experience or education that positions a candidate to successfully win their next professional assignment. Follow these resume tips to ensure your career collateral is properly composed to move to the next level in your career.


Showcase your experience with a solid career summary

The Society for Human Resource Management emphasizes the importance of a succinct career summary to help your resume stand out from the crowd. Career summaries replace the dated career objectives portion of a professional resume. This change represents the shift between what a job seeker is looking for and a summary that shows a candidate’s value to an organization.

You can craft your career summary in several ways, including a catchy headline that lists your most valuable attributes, a paragraph that sums up your career to date, a bulleted list of your areas of expertise and accomplishment and a listing of your credentials. While this space should only occupy a handful of lines in your overall resume, it’s the most effective way to catch the eye of a recruiter.

Include your technology expertise

As more apps and software packages enter the healthcare arena, your resume can be used to showcase your familiarity and expertise in technology. Dawn Boyer, Ph.D., a leading voice in career coaching and human resources, reminds us to “emphasize technology skills: productivity technical tools such as project management software, relational databases (Access), sales software, medical and health industry software, and customer/patient management systems.” This includes any software in which you have been proficiently trained as well as proprietary software you encounter on the job.

Highlight years of experience in fields specific to your career

Boyer states that highlighting the number of years you’ve dedicated to particular fields “is what encourages recruiters to keep reading.” This should include your overall years of experience as a physical therapist, occupational therapist or other allied fields, as well as any specialty areas in which you have worked previously. You could also break down this listing by adding information for the number of years you’ve practiced in a particular setting, such as a hospital, rehab center or school.

Modify your resume to target your ideal jobs

First, begin with a solid resume that includes all of your pertinent career information. Then follow some customized resume tips to craft specialized resumes tailored to a specific job. Read job descriptions for roles you're interested in pursuing and take note of keywords and specialty language that you can roll into your resume to show how clearly your experience parallels what a particular recruiter is seeking for an open position. SHRM writer Lars Schmidt also recommends that you use two versions of each resume you write: “One with static text throughout (for applying online or pasting), and a second version with hyperlinks that can be emailed." Finally, update your resume at least twice a year or whenever you have new experience or expertise to highlight.

Whether you’re interested in becoming a traveling healthcare professional or looking for a permanent job in your ideal location, follow these resume tips to give your career a boost through new and challenging positions.

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