Resume Tips for Medical Assistants and Nursing Assistants:

Scannable Resumes

Today’s employers often require resumes that can be “scanned” into a computer database for tracking purposes. Creating a computer-friendly resume is a necessity as growing numbers of employment services or recruiting firms are turning to computers to process the high volume of resumes they receive. Through the scanning of resumes, organizations are able to process, track, identify, sort and store applicant’s credentials and recognize those most qualified for available positions.

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Tips for Maximizing Scannability and “Hits”:

  • Keep the format simple; do not use fancy graphics.
  • Use font sizes 10-14 points.
  • Always use white or light colored 8.5 x 11 paper printed on one side.
  • Avoid italics or underlined passages’ bold face and capitals are fine.
  • If your resume is more than one page, place your name at the top of each page, on its own line.
  • List each phone number on its own line.
  • Use common headings such as Objective, Summary of Qualifications, Education, Employment, Experience, Skills, Accomplishments, Professional Affiliations, Publications, Computer Skills, and Language Skills.
  • Include specific computer skills such as Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, and Excel etc.
  • Use concrete terms such as “administered PPD and Flu Vaccinations” rather than, “gave shots.”
  • Use buzzwords of the industry and vary them with synonyms so that the scanner will pick them up. Computers may search the resume for KEY WORDS they have been programmed to find. Focus on marketable key words common to your area of study or work.
  • List accomplishments and results rather than duties and responsibilities.

Resumes by Email

Your resume should be carefully written, edited and proofread. Make sure you have your resume saved on a USB/Flash Drive or disc. Sometimes modifying your resume is necessary due to limited space.

Graphics: Avoid Graphic techniques like boxes which can be problematic for email.

Send a cover-letter at all times.

Cover-letters via the Internet

A well-written and well-produced cover letter should accompany every resume that is being emailed to a prospective employer. Cover letters are one-page statements of your career objectives. They market your knowledge, skills, and work experiences. The purpose of the cover letter is to establish you as a high value potential employee. You want to generate the employer’s interest in meeting you for an interview. This is your chance to introduce yourself and sell your combination of qualifications. Your letter should communicate how you are a good match for an employer and a good fit for the desired position you are applying for.