As a healthcare IT professional in an active job search, writing a resume to showcase your accomplishments is essential. It is even more so in today’s competitive environment when many people find themselves unemployed. If you are starting a resume from scratch, it can be overwhelming, especially if you are writing it yourself. We find it hard to look at ourselves objectively and see the tasks we have accomplished as something of value. Sometimes, you may think that you don’t even have enough accomplishments to fill an entire resume. If you have been working for more than a few years now, YOU DO. It’s all in the way you look at tasks you’ve done.
I work with clients every day who assume that the accomplishments must have numbers or metrics attached to them. Or, they’ll tell me, “Oh, well, that isn’t really a big deal. It’s just something I came up with to make that process easier.” They shrug off what would make a really good accomplishment. This is one reason it can be helpful to have a professional resume writer assist you in helping you in writing your resume. We just aren’t good at evaluating ourselves or promoting what we have done.
However, if you are writing your own resume, here are tips on how to gather valuable experience for crafting your resume.
☑️ Identify Strengths & Weaknesses
You may already know what your strengths and weaknesses are, but if not, talk to close, trusted colleagues or friends. You can also review past performance reviews and read what has been said about what you do well, and what areas you need to improve on. When you have identified them, you know what to highlight on your resume. If your strength is cultivating customer relationships, focus on that. (it may be another candidate’s weakness!).
☑️ Notice Daily Tasks
Start by reviewing your job description or making a list of tasks you do each day. These are usually the things that keep your department running smoothly. Just because you do them every day doesn’t mean they aren’t important. Review each of them and look for the strengths that you bring to them. Don’t discount them. What hole would there be if you didn’t do them.
☑️ What is Your Impact
Think back over the past months, even looking at your calendar for meetings you were a part of or conferences you may have attended. What have you contributed to or been a part of? What was the impact or result? Write down the specific results from the decisions made and include it.
☑️ Relationships & Teams
We all develop relationships at our jobs. Think through each of these relationships and how they may have impacted the company. Have you helped build new relationships? Did this create opportunities? Have you partnered with other teams to help lead an initiative? Your daily collaborations make a big difference.
Your resume is a marketing document, selling yourself to a potential employer. If you don’t write about the value you bring, how will they know.