How to Build an Outstanding Clinician ResuméMeri BrickOctober 07, 20216 minute read
As you probably know, being in the healthcare industry, the competition is tough when applying for jobs. Typically, for the traditional, on-site physician role, hundreds of applications will be submitted. For telehealth opportunities? That number is significantly higher. Removing geographic restrictions means the application pool spans the entire United States rather than just the area the hospital is located in.
So you may be wondering, how do I create a resumé that will stand out among the other applications? We’ve got you covered! We put together some tips and tricks for creating a killer resumé when applying for telehealth jobs.
Tips to Building a Stand-Out Telehealth Resumé
Tip 1: Start with a Resumé Summary
Begin your resumé with a summary of your professional experience in the healthcare industry. These typically are 2-3 sentences summarizing your background, skills, and achievements. This section gives employers an insight into your qualifications right away before they dive deeper into the details of your background.
A Good Resumé Summary Example:
[Applicant Name] is a highly skilled RN with over 7 years of experience. [He/She] has worked with both adults and pediatrics, as well as in both hospital, clinic, and telehealth settings. [His/Her] extensive success as a traveling nurse is proof of [his/her] adaptability, capacity to quickly acquire new skills, and [his/her] ability to easily connect with co-workers and patients, fitting in anywhere.
This summary covers exactly what an employer wants to see to make sure the candidate is qualified and their skills align with what they are looking for. When the employer or recruiter first looks at this application, they will get a good overview of the candidates background and skills before diving deeper into the details of their professional experience.
Tip 2: Keep the Formatting Simple
In the healthcare industry, there is no need to make your resumé fancy. Keeping it simple and straightforward is the way to go when applying for telemedicine jobs. Some important things to keep at top of mind when formatting your resumé include:
Use an easy-to-read font: Notice the word ‘font’. Only use one font across the entire resumé for easy readability. Using too many can make your resumé feel cluttered and disorganized. To separate sections and emphasize certain things, increase the font size and use bolding when appropriate. Some good easy-to-read fonts we suggest are ‘Arial’, ‘Calibri’, and the traditional ‘Times New Roman’.
Use a small font size: On the topic of fonts, use a 10-12 size font in the body paragraphs. This will allow you to fit more on a page and will look more professional than a larger-sized font. Remember to double-check that the body of your resumé is all the same size, it’s easy to mess up the font size the more information you add.
Don’t use ‘I’: When writing your resumé, it can be easy to fall into using first-person pronouns like ‘I’. Avoid using these throughout. Remember someone else is reading this so using third-person pronouns such as he/she, him/her, or just use your name.
Use single or 1.15 spacing: No employer wants to comb through pages and pages of resumés that are double-spaced. It isn’t productive for them and makes it hard to get through quickly. Use single or 1.15 spacing when formatting your resumé to fit more information on the page.
Tip 3: Organize your Resumé in an Optimal Fashion
The order of your resumé can be rearranged however you see fit. Different employers have different preferences, but it’s not something that can make or break your application. Our expert Clinician Advocates have some recommendations for how to lay out your resumé in an optimal format based on many of the telehealth companies we work with.
The order they recommend is as follows:
Publications (Research or Abstracts)
Tip 4: Keep your Resumé Current
This might be the most important thing to do when it comes to your resumé. We recommend looking at your resumé at least twice a year to make sure everything is current. This will save you a lot of time when applying for new jobs so you aren’t scrambling to make updates when you’re ready to apply.
It’s also important to fill in any gaps in the experience section of your resumé. You don’t want an employer or recruiter to assume that the gap in your resumé is for a negative reason. If you have some time gaps in your resumé due to personal reasons or time-off, we recommend noting that. For example, if you took personal time-off, insert that time in as follows: February 2021 - April 2021 | Personal Time Off.
This will ensure there are no assumptions being made about those gaps in your resumé. Taking personal time off is needed and employers won’t look at this in a negative light. Being transparent is key when applying for healthcare jobs.
Tip 5: Double-Check your Resumé
It can be easy to overlook typos or grammar mistakes when you’ve been staring at the same document for hours. That’s why it is so important to pay attention to detail and double-check your resumé for these errors after you’ve finished with updates. Sending it over to someone else to get eyes on is another good rule of thumb before submitting your application. Fresh eyes can catch many little mistakes that you may have overlooked.
Don’t let your resumé get tossed into the trash because of a tiny mistake that could have been caught by re-reading or getting another pair of eyes scanning through it!
The Wrap Up
If you’re still stuck on where to start, Google is your friend! There are tons of clinician resumés out there that you can use as examples or snag one of the many templates available to get the ball rolling. Make sure when you’re building your stand-out resumé, that you include your multi-state licensure and any other accomplishments that will make you a top candidate among the others. Apply these tips to your resumé and you’ll be one step closer to snagging that dream job in the telehealth world.
Since you’re here trying to build an unbeatable telehealth resumé, you must be searching for job opportunities in the telehealth space. OpenLoop can help! Join our leading clinician network for access to top paying telehealth opportunities with leading digital health companies across the US.
The OpenLoop network is comprised of top clinicians like you! From physicians to nurse practitioners to therapists and specialists, we personally match you with clinician advocates who will understand your passions, motivators, and skillets to pair you with telehealth companies who value the same. Our mission is to give you back control of your schedule, while allowing you to do work you’re proud of and excited about.
What perks do you get from joining the OpenLoop network?
Full job transparency: You get to see the job details and payment information before you accept the position so you know exactly what you are signing up for!
Control over your schedule: You have complete control over your schedule. You decide what days and hours you are available to work and we find shifts that match.
Knowledge growth: On top of finding top telehealth jobs, you will grow your knowledge and learn the ins and outs of the telehealth industry to further your career.
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Jess Greiner Director, Marketing