Beefing up Your Resume to Land the Perfect Travel Assignment

by Howard Gerber on March 13, 2014

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Resume-for-travel-assignmentOne of the first steps for landing a great healthcare travel assignment  is submitting a resume. Often your resume makes the first impression on an employer. It may be what gets you noticed and sets you apart from other applicants. Whether you need to update your resume or write your first one, it is not that difficult if you follow some of the tips below.

Avoid getting cutesy. Unless you are applying for a job in the entertainment industry, getting too cutesy is not a good idea. You need to project a professional image for a healthcare travel job, such as a nurse or therapist. Avoid colored paper, gimmicks, and odd fonts.

Be truthful. A resume needs to highlight your abilities and achievements and should grab someone’s attention. But you never want to lie or overly embellish your accomplishments. Not only is this wrong ethically, you can easily be caught in the deception. Background checks are often done on employees and can be completed with a few clicks of the mouse. 

Think skills, certifications, and accomplishments. Instead of writing about your duties or responsibilities, list your achievements and skills. Remember transferable skills from other jobs if applicable, such as supervisory skills, teaching, and management.

Include specifics and be concise. Include information, such as the name and location of past employers. When summarizing your achievements, be concise.  Most potential employers will scan your resume, especially at first.

Use bullet points. It is helpful to make your resume as reader friendly as possible. Use bullet points to highlight important information, such as certifications and awards. Bullet points make it easier for the reader to quickly find your skills. 

Remember to update. You always want to submit the most up to date resume. Don’t forget to add any additional certifications you earned or volunteer work you did.

Skip irrelevant information. Unless a hobby specifically pertains to the job, don’t mention it. Your birthday, marital status, and interests are not needed on a resume. Professional memberships and volunteer work may be helpful if they are relevant to the job. 

Keep it to a page or two. Most employers will get several resumes for one open position. They don’t want it to read the length of a book. It’s too time-consuming to read a resume that is several pages long. If you are concise and leave out irrelevant info, a page or two will be enough. Keep in mind that some employers will discard any resume that doesn’t fit onto a single page.

Check your grammar and proofread. Nothing ruins a great worded resume faster than spelling errors and poor grammar. If grammar is not your thing, consider using an online grammar checker or get someone else to review your resume.

If all else fails, consider hiring a professional. You might be a great healthcare worker, but writing may not be your cup of tea. Although most people can learn to write a good resume, if you’re too busy or just can’t get the hang of it, consider hiring someone to write your resume.

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