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Crafting the Perfect Medical Resume

While completing medical school or a health care career-training program is in itself a noteworthy accomplishment, it is only one of many milestones that one must surpass in order to find success in his or her desired specialty. For example, graduating medical students are in no way entitled to the residency program of their choice, as there can be a great deal of competition. Health care professionals working in all areas of the medical industry oftentimes face similar competition for the best positions.

Numerous factors can shape the direction of an individual’s career.  One of the first hurdles one must overcome is landing an interview. As this infographic developed by Carrington College shows, a well-crafted and customized medical resume—or the lack of one—plays a significant role in whether or not one will obtain the interview that could serve as a gateway to a good job. In fact, 93 percent of all employers have noted that resume errors sometimes or always negatively impact management's decision to interview the candidate in question.

Curriculum Vitae versus Resume

First of all, recent graduates of medical programs are often not aware of the documents they need to submit to prospective employers. Those who are interested in working as a doctor or nurse or working in academia or research will need to submit a curriculum vitae (CV); individuals applying for work in administration, management, office staff or a clinical setting will need to submit a resume. However, some employers may require both documents, so it is wise to have both on hand. A cover letter is also a necessity, as 22% of potential employers say that failure to include such a letter looks like a mistake.

Resume Writing Tips 

  • Be honest.

  • Be job specific. Those who are applying for different positions should send a customized resume for each one.

  • Include non-medical experience that proves a skillset that could be relevant to the job, such as customer service.

  • Use relevant keywords.

  • Put thought and effort into a personal mission statement.

  • Bilingual students should list the languages they speak.

  • Use proper formatting. Chronological organization and bullet points can give one's resume an advantage over a competitor's.

Creating a winning resume can increase one’s chances of meeting prospective employers in person for an interview—and hopefully winning them over. While it takes time and effort to craft customized and detailed resumes, the return is oftentimes more than worth it.

Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about perfecting your medical resume.