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How To Avoid Red Flags On Your Resume

With all the posts on creating resumes, it’s important to make sure that your resume highlights you in the right way.


What are considered red flags and how to avoid them?


Gaps – employment gaps can be a big red flag as an employer is reviewing your resume. I knew one hiring manager who used a red marker and circle gaps and if there too many, the person was toast. Sometimes the gap can be explained, you took care of sick parent or went back to school, etc. Cover letters can be helpful to explain some gaps but be careful not to be too wordy. For an interview; it’s important to be prepared to explain gaps with a short detailed answer (no rambling please).


Sloppy resume – resumes with formatting errors, typos, spelling and grammar errors, different fonts show a lack of attention to detail and is a big red flag.  Not taking the time to prepare a good resume makes an employer wonder what else you might not prepare for.


Lack of focus – You career might have taken in you various directions with a variety of job titles. It’s important that you take the time focus your resume for the particular job you’re applying for.  Just a few extra details on your background and experience can make all the difference. Recruiters and hiring managers should not have to guess if you can do the job – take the time to target your resume and show them that you have the skills needed.


Words but no substance – I recently spoke to a candidate who had great experience but you’d never know it from his resume. The words he used were vague and said nothing. Hiring managers care about substance – What have you done? How have you impacted the company/practice? Numbers, specifics are what they are looking for. Saw patients vs. Saw 15 patients daily. Performed surgery vs. performed  ‘x’ number of ‘type’ of surgery. Flowery words are a red flag that might not have the experience they need, so be specific.


No achievements – it’s important to note your accomplishments. Potential employers like results, so show them. Be specific.


Next Step to rid your resume of red flags

Take a few minutes and review your resume, look for the red flags mentioned. Rewrite and revise. It’s worth the time to have a resume that stands out.




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Resume Tips For Healthcare Providers

healthcare resume tips
In the healthcare industry where jobs continue to rise, it’s important for job seekers to keep their resumes current and completed in way that will get them noticed. Whether you are connected to this industry, looking for better opportunities and job roles, or have newly joined the health care industry, the competition and high standards sought, require a greater set of skills and experience. Portraying your skills and experience in an effective way on your resume, leaves you with smart job options. Here are a few tips you can follow to help sell your skill set to potential employers and recruiters!

Use your full title and licenses with your name
Whether you are a DR, RN or PT, you must be specific in your name title when writing a resume to leave healthier impression on the recruiters. Always list your licenses along with the states you are eligible to work within. This will allow employers and recruiters immediately identify if your licenses are a fit for the current position.

Go for a profession Email address
Professional email address means that it should start with your first name and end at your last name when able. It definitely does not resonate well with a potential employer or recruiter when an email address has a weird name such as “coldbreeze@”. These are the initial things to notice when presenting your resume, your email must be professional and simple.

Objective statements are outdated
It was a trend in previous decades to present an elaborated objective to will help you to impress the interviewer. It’s already understood when you present your resume that you are searching for better opportunities that will enhance your expertise and skill set. Therefore, an objective statement should only be added in your cover letter when you are switching to a different field or industry.

Use bullets to list your skills
Bullet points makes it much easier to go through entire resume and avoid distraction for those who review hundreds of resumes in a day. These points help to summarize your past experience. Try keeping your points to 10 or 15 lines. Use bold and italic point style only to differentiate between companies and job titles.

Identify each and every certification
Whether it is ACLS, D.A, D.C or any other certification it must be included in your resume to save time for everyone involved. If this is not done, the employer or recruiter might skip you while reviewing the resume simply thinking that you don’t have the required qualifications.

References mean a lot
It is not mandatory to add your current references in to your resume because the space should be used to describe your expertise and education history. Instead you should make it available to provide whenever it is asked for. References should not include friends or co-workers rather it should include your former supervisor and management staff.

Personalize / customize everything for each job
You must customize everything whether it is you resume or cover letter. By this – we mean that you should make sure your resume is customized for every position you are applying for. Using keywords from the job description you are applying for can be a great help!

Be descriptive with your employment dates
Always insert the month and year from where you started and ended each position you held, so that the interviewer can easily see your work history at a glance.

Be precise
Your resume is the only thing which comes to a recruiter before you reach to them in person. So, make it as elaborated as you can whether you were a physician, worked as midwife, have intern / resident experience, it should specifically describe the departments where you worked such as ICU, PACU, and Surgical ward to further showcase your skills and experience.

Last but not the least, you should present your resume in a professional manner. When submitting resumes through email the .pdf formats work best when sending resumes along with the cover letter.

When your resume is completed – be sure to check out our national healthcare positions here: Healthcare Open Positions Nationally