Your resume will probably be your first line of contact between you and a perspective employer. Formatting your resume requires organization and attention to detail while typing out your career objective, education, certification and work experience.
Whether you are seeking your first job as A Patient Care Technician or your fortieth highlighting your experience (even if this experience was obtained during your clinical) is a key factor for your perspective employer and will give you broader job opportunities in the medical field.
You can hire a resume service to create your resume, but who is better equipped to write about your experience than you. Here are some suggestion to help you get started with your resume.
- It doesn’t matter if you create your resume in a Word Document, a Note Pad Document or resume software program on your personal computer. A chronological resume is the best format to use and the basics are all the same. Below gives you a guideline to follow.
- Type your full name (with middle name if you have one) at the top of the page, bold the letters and center it on the page. Use an easy font to read, employers report that they like Times New Roman. Employers also report that they like 14 point font for headers and 12 point font for the body.
- Under your name centered at the top type in your street address, city, state and zip.
- On the next line type in your home and/or cell number below including area code.
- Under this type in your email address.
- At this point you should make sure that you are working from a normal page layout. Make sure that your top, bottom, right and left margins are set to 1 inch. This will work well with most printers and look very professional. As you proceed to the content in the body, don’t forget to justify the left side of your page for a more neat appearance.
- Drop down 4 to 5 spaces and type in the words Career Objective: and write a clear precise sentence. (For example: Utilize my training and experience as A Patient Care Technician to work with a medial team to provide excellent patient care in a variety of medical settings).
- Below the career objective type Education: Use a bulleted list in chronological order from the most recent education listed first. List your medical schools, college or technical school, place of internships, place of residency down to your high school. Beside each education listing include your class rank or GPA if high enough to boost about and follow this up with the full location address.
- Next Type Work History: Use a bulleted list in chronological order from the most recent relevant work experience first. Make sure that you list your experience that is most
- relevant to the job that you are applying for. Make sure to tie your experience into the known requirements of the job that you are applying. (Do your homework and research on the employer and the job position that is available). It is important to include work, internships, or clinical experience at all clinics, retirement or nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, hospice or emergency medical response teams, hospitals, etc.
- The next section will include certifications, degrees, awards, and special skills relevant to the job that you are apply for. Create a bullet list including such certifications for electrocardiogram (EKG), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Phlebotomy (draw blood) and EMT, etc.
- Medical terminology is crucial to use when creating a medical related resume. Spell check for misspelled words and double check each medical term for proper usage. Enlist two friends or family members to proof read your resume. Try to choose proofreaders who might have medical terminology knowledge and resume writing skills.
- When preparing for an interview be sure that you have several copies of your resume with you.
- If you are providing your resume on line, in a fax or email be sure to include a professional cover letter which will introduce you and highlight some of your skills.
- Never use an outdated resume.