Keys to Writing Your Healthcare IT Resume

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when writing your resume for that job in the healthcare IT field that you’ve always wanted. Be prepared. Update it now, don’t wait until you need your resume THAT DAY.

1. WRITE TOWARD YOUR CAREER GOAL.

–      Write in terms of getting the job you want, not the job you had.

–      Place the emphasis on what you want to do (i.e. transferable skills)

–      Decide what it is you want to do at this point in your career and highlight your relevant skills, experiences, qualifications, training, volunteer activities, community service, etc.

2. KNOW WHAT YOUR OBJECTIVE IS.

–      Figure out what it is that you want to do. If you are uncertain, take an online skills/career/behavior assessment. Some are free!

–      Be clear on what it is you want to do.

3. STRATEGY IS EVERYTHING.

–      Your goal position will dictate the strategy.

–      What type of company is it? Edgy? Conservative? Steady? Write for that audience.

–      Should you use a chronological or functional style résumé? Perhaps a hybrid? Figure out which format suits your career and go with it. Don’t try to veer away from one of these paths (personally, I’d stick with chronological and hybrid… from my experience, functional styles don’t go over very well with recruiters and hiring people).

4. YOU ARE THE PRODUCT. SELL YOURSELF.

–      What did you contribute?

–      What were your accomplishments?

–      How did you achieve them?

–      How can you do the same for the next company?

–      Why are you the perfect choice?

5. KEYWORDS. WHY WE LOVE THEM.

–      They identify skills, knowledge and expertise distinguishing you in your field.

–      Scanning machines or Internet postings pick them up.

6. JUST A FEW RULES IN RÉSUMÉ WRITING.

–      Always include a work experience (even if it has gaps).

–      Include education on the résumé (even if you don’t have your degree).

–      Highlight any technical skills (only if relevant to the job you are pursuing).

–      Begin with a career summary (only if you want to grab the employers attention/get an interview).

–      Write in the first person (although leave off first person pronouns like I, me, we and mine).

–      Start with a verb or verb action phrase (get the reader excited about you!).

Note: Professional Résumé Services and Healthcare IT Central (HITC) have teamed up to provide powerful resumes for powerful Healthcare IT executives, at exclusive prices only available to HITC members.  If you are not getting calls, it’s most likely your résumé.

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Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy, CPRW, CERW, BS/HR, is a Certified Professional Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of nine best-selling career books.

2 Comments

  • Erin,

    As always, thanks for your professional insight! Personally, I think writing your own resume is one of the toughest challenges that a job seeker faces! It’s very hard to be objective and paint an accurate picture of ourselves. For this reason, I strongly recommend hiring a certified professional resume writer to help make the strongest first impression.

    G.

  • Many thanks for sharing such an informative article with all of us. I think knowing your objective is very important in making your resume, through your objective they will know how eager you are to have the job.

    God Bless :))

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