If you have been in a role for some time, your resume might be a little out of date. But even if you are not actively searching for work, we recommend a regular resume refresh - and spring is as good a time as any.
A month into spring, it appears most Australian states have a handle on COVID-19, so as things slowly pivot back to normal (or COVID-normal), for many healthcare professionals looking for a change this could be the time to start thinking about your next role.
Whether you are currently looking for a healthcare role, or want to experience the peace of mind that comes after a spring clean, keeping your resume up to date will help you to get a grip on deciding what and when is the right move for you.
It’s not the most fun task, and even strikes a little fear into some (or boredom!), so wanting to make it easier for you, here are Gorilla Job's tips to help you put your best resume forward!
5 Tips to Clean Your Resume
Keep it on-point = clear, concise, relevant
Consider this - even though we regularly keep in touch with and recruit from our large database of healthcare professionals, we also sometimes get 100’s of resumes for new jobs when they are posted.
Even though finding talent is our job, and we love it, going through resumes is time-consuming. This means that the more short and direct your resume is, the quicker we can get a grasp of you as a potential candidate. It also gives us an initial indication of one of the important soft skills we are always looking for - how clearly a candidate can communicate.
We recommend keeping your resume to 1-2 pages, which even with a long and varied employment history is easy to do because each time you apply for a role you should be tailoring your resume to the role anyway.
So, prune your resume down to the more recent and relevant roles and hit us with your best resume shot!
Get rid of the clichés and SOME of the jargon
Resumes need to show your best professional self to the world. But for those who don’t do a lot of writing in the normal course of their professional lives, cliched language can slip in, as can too much jargon.
“Passionate”, “Driven”, “Results-oriented” may all be honest descriptions of how you approach your professional life but are also overused and generic descriptions of qualities that most applicants would and should already have regardless. And while using the most important abbreviations or jargon occasionally throughout your resume might indicate you know what you are talking about in your role, overusing them might make your resume less interesting to read and more confusing to understand.
We recommend removing the bulk of these from your resume and instead providing examples of tasks or achievements in your roles on the resume that illustrate these kinds of descriptive qualities. This also helps paint a much better picture of you to both recruiters and potential employers.
Target the Keywords
When you pour over a job ad or position description, keywords are going to jump out at you.
They are there for a reason: to help you as the candidate ascertain whether the role fits your skillset but they are also a bit like bait from the recruiter or hiring manager. Often, the job ad you see is for a specific role but the recruiter or organisation may have other very similar roles too and if you target your resume keywords the right way, you could get a phone call for the role you applied for or a similar one that creates an opportunity to explore more.
So, if you have taken time to really digest the position description and pulled out the keywords that are most important for the role, reflecting them back in your resume acts as an alert to us - these keywords catch our eye and show that you see yourself as having the skills to fill the role.
We don’t mean go overboard by stuffing your resume with every possible relevant keyword! But finding the strategic points in your resume to place them is a big tick in the candidate assessment process.
Think beyond your job duties
While it’s important that healthcare recruiters understand what you can do from a pure skills perspective, often the title of the roles you’ve held gives us some idea of the more general skillset associated with that role.
Rather than listing your duties for a particular role, as with resume tip 1, provide something more “human” or personal that reflects an achievement in a role and that specifically sets you apart from other candidates. Describing your specific personal merits rather than experiences or tasks is the way to go, and can also implicitly help us further understand some of your soft skills in the bigger scope of the role.
Before you submit your resume, proofread it... and then put it through a free online editor like Grammarly... and then proofread it again to hear what it sounds like... and then give it to your partner, friend or parent to read it one more time!
The cleaner and more flawless your resume is, the better impression it will give. Hiring managers at companies might not give you a call at all if they spot sloppy writing mistakes. And while a recruiter might still give you a call if you have the right skills for the job, they will still tell you to fix the resume mistakes before they can represent you to their client.
Gorilla Jobs Can Help You
We love what we do at Gorilla Jobs, and while there are challenges, we are always ready to help you as a candidate or recruiting organisation to ensure the best talent ends up in the best jobs. Reach out to us today if you have any questions!
If you need help looking for your next healthcare role, reach out to us today.