what to include in your resume?

Pre-Health: What content should your resume have

One would ask, how can my resume reflect my attributes the best? How can I explain my experiences and show my competence without being too self-absorbed? Resumes create your professional image, and therefore should be carefully constructed to present only the most important and helpful information to the employers who would potentially hire you. Your resume should contain the right information, and here is what you should include:

Heading:

Your heading should contain your first and last name, your phone number, email, address, and any other pertinent contact information. In other words, the heading answers the who question: who wrote this resume? In what way can an employer contact you?

Education:

it is typical to start with the Education section at the top of a resume. Usually, candidates start with an overview of their education that relates to the job they applied for. Ex: it sounds intuitive but it is certainly helpful if your major is in Micro biology when applying to biotech companies.

Typically, education sections are first under the heading. When listing Merritt as your education, write out the whole thing as Merritt College. Under it, list your (intended) major (for example: Nursing, Biology, etc), GPA, be sure to add dates that clarify when you intend to graduate, as this is highly relevant to employers.

You can totally list course work that you believe relates to job if you judge that it is appropriate. However, you should avoid listing introductory and general courses.

Experience:

You can divide this section into multiple subsections: professional paid positions, volunteer positions, leadership experiences. It is also optimal if you organize your experiences in a chronological order where the reader can follow the timeline in which you acquired these experiences.

Speaking of the individual experiences, one should label each experience with a title first, the position, date and place at which the experience was obtained.

It is wise to use bullet points (2 to 4) to speak about the most meaningful parts of your experience. For example: If talking about your volunteering experience at Highland Hospital, one can mention:

Acquired stellar communication skills in receiving & giving reports from/to health providers.

Assisted patients in filling documents, preserving medical information and obtaining medical records while abiding by HIPAA.

Use interesting action verbs, and avoid intensifiers (e.g. really, very) and over-used descriptors (e.g. detail-oriented, team player)

As tempting as it is, don’t include everything you’ve ever done. The point is to include meaningful experiences that relate to the job you are interested in.

Awards

An awards section can be a useful way to highlight your achievements. If you choose to include an awards section in your resume, make sure each achievement is bulleted, and has a date.

Skills

List specific languages and skills in which you are proficient and relate to what you are applying for.

For example, if you are applying for a bio research position, skills in Gel electrophoresis, tissue culture, PCR, western blots, and ELISA can be very helpful.

If you are applying for medical interpretation job, mentioning other languages that you speak is a no brainer really.

Finally, no matter how great your experiences are, grammar mistakes can ruin any interest in you as a candidate. So we would suggest having another set of eyes to check your resume and review it before you finalize it.

Good luck!

UHA