If you’re a C-Suite healthcare executive who is having a hard time writing your executive resume or simply are not feeling confident about the current condition of your resume, here are three quick tips that you can use right now to freshen it so that it’s ready for the 2017 job market.
Culture Fit Is Important
Healthcare recruiters say that culture fit is a top factor in their hiring decision. You don’t hear much about culture fit when it comes to healthcare resumes, but it is the first place to start addressing culture fit. Start by researching the company culture of the healthcare organizations that you want to lead. Network with colleagues to discuss the beliefs and values that drive their company and if these align with yours, be sure to include that information within your healthcare resume.
Remove Useless Words
Meaningless words that take up space and add no value to your healthcare executive resume do not support your personal brand. These words include; results, success, professional, accomplished. These words are not inherently bad—it’s just that they will not tell the board of directors how the value you create offsets the cost of having you on board. Instead, replace these generic phrases with specific terms.
Instead of saying you are results-driven share how you drove physician engagement to 97% to rank as a “Best Place to Practice Medicine”.
Replace the generic term success with the actual successes you’ve had; for example: Oversaw $32M in capital expansions. Launched Texas Neurosurgical Specialists for exclusive ER coverage and loyalist referral alignment.
The word professional can be switched with the actual position title that you’re pursuing. Instead of saying sales professional, say President and CEO.
Accomplished is an overused phrase that’s hard to quantify. So instead of saying you’re accomplished, share the accomplishments with metrics. For example: Elevated Texas Medical Center to level-3 trauma accreditation. Grew billable trauma activation >120% within 2 years.
Renovate Your Resume
If you haven’t modernized your resume in the last two years it’s time for an overhaul. We’re a visually mediated society - just Google some basic information about the performance statistics around videos, visuals, and infographics over plain text. Content-heavy resumes that lack visually engaging elements, design, and color are outdated. It’s time to revamp the design of it to include charts, graphs, visuals, color, boxes, shading, borders, and other visual design elements that will engage the reader and make content easily digestible and quicker to consume. If you’re getting an average of only six seconds for an initial scan, use visuals to communicate large chunks of information more quickly. For examples of visuals in C-level healthcare executive resumes here are several resume samples that include color, borders, shading and graphs.
If you’re not confident in your current healthcare resume, take time to make changes in these three key areas. If you’re still struggling, need help, or are in a time crunch you can get more help here.
About Jessica Holbrook Hernandez
Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President and CEO of Great Resumes Fast, a top-rated, award-winning executive resume writing service for executives. A Certified Social Branding Analyst, executive resume writer, and former recruiter for Fortune 500 companies, Jessica and her team create expertly-targeted executive resumes and LinkedIn profiles for busy executives.
By staying at the forefront of current trends in personal branding, executive resume writing, and LinkedIn profile development, Jessica offers a true competitive advantage—more than 99% of her clients land job interviews within 60 days.
Jessica has been cited hundreds of times in major media outlets: The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Fast Company, and many others. Great Resumes Fast has received nearly a dozen awards for excellence, including five consecutive honors for Best Executive Resume Writing Service.