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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