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Creating a Valuable Resume. Stephanie H. Drake, MBA Executive Director, ASHHRA. Objectives. How to create an well-organized resume Writing an professional cover letter Figuring out what you what next. The Resume. Is a snap shot of your career

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creating a valuable resume

Creating a Valuable Resume

Stephanie H. Drake, MBA

Executive Director, ASHHRA

  • How to create an well-organized resume
  • Writing an professional cover letter
  • Figuring out what you what next
the resume
The Resume
  • Is a snap shot of your career
  • One or two page summary of your education, skills, accomplishments, and experience
writing your resume
Writing YOUR Resume
  • 5 parts:
    • Objective
    • Executive Summary or Selected Achievements
    • Work Experience
    • Education
    • Skills and Accomplishments
the objective or summary
The Objective or Summary
  • An objective tells potential employers the sort of work you\'re hoping to do
executive summary
Executive Summary
  • Or sometimes called Selected Achievements
  • This is a opportunity to put together 4-6 bullets that taut your greatest accomplishments
be specific
Be Specific
  • In today’s market many healthcare organizations have applicant tracking systems that scan resumes looking for key words related to the position you are applying to
work experience
Work Experience
  • Briefly give an overview of work that has taught you skills
  • Include your work experience in reverse chronological
  • Include:
    • Title of position,
    • Name of organization
    • Location of work (town, state)
    • Dates of employment
action words
Action Words























  • Your most recent educational information is listed first
  • Include your degree (A.S., B.S., M.A., MBA, etc.), major, institution attended, minor/concentration
  • Mention academic honors
memberships certifications and awards
Memberships, Certifications and Awards

You may want to add:

  • Key or special skills or competencies
  • Experience in volunteer organizations
  • Certifications or awards received
resume checkup
Resume Checkup
  • Run a spell check on your computer before anyone sees your resume
  • Get a friend to do a grammar review
  • Ask a mentor to proofread and review
resume design
Resume Design
  • Use a font size of 10 to 12 points
  • Use non-decorative typefaces
  • Choose one typeface and stick to it
  • Do not use horizontal or vertical lines, graphics, or shading
common mistakes
Common Mistakes
  • Mis-spelled words
  • Not touting accomplishments
  • Vague information about your role
  • Ask people if they are willing to serve as references before you give their names to a potential employer
  • Do not include your reference information on your resume
the cover letter
The Cover Letter
  • This is your opportunity for the employer to see your writing skills and see a snap shot of you
what s in a cover letter
What’s in a Cover Letter?
  • Purpose
  • Audience
  • Content
  • Format
format of a cover letter
Format of a Cover Letter
  • 1st Paragraph (2 or 3 sentences)
    • job applying for
    • personal contacts with the company 
  • Body (2-3 paragraphs)
    • Qualifications relative to the position
  • Conclusion (1 paragraph)
    • State your earnest interest
    • Request an interview
  • Unexplained gaps in dates could indicate that the applicant is hiding something
  • Degrees listed from unfamiliar colleges or universities could mean no degree at all
  • Lack of preciseness or vagueness in past job responsibilities could indicate a false job listing
what to do next
What to do next?
  • Where should you look?
  • Should you post your resume externally
  • How to apply to the job?
  • Should you follow up?
  • Is networking important?
your next career move
Your Next Career Move
  • Talk with individuals in roles that interest you
  • Really try to do some soul searching about what would make you excited
key areas to post your resume
Key Areas to Post Your Resume
  • Linked In
  • Company Job Postings
  • Professional Society Job Boards
top 10 qualities employers seek
Top 10 Qualities Employers Seek
  • Communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Technical Skills
  • Honesty/integrity
  • Teamwork skills (works well with others)
  • Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)
  • Motivation/initiative
  • Strong work ethic
  • Analytical skills
  • Flexibility/adaptability