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Tips to Writing a Great Resume During Residency

4/26/2018
This article originally appeared in MD Magazine.

Whether you’re halfway through your journey of academia or graduated and now looking for a job in the world of medicine, like all job-hunting processes, it all starts with writing the perfect resume.

Back in 2014, the job market in the medical industry soared by 3.1 percent in the U.S. alone, and that number has only increased since. This means the job market is more competitive than ever before, solidifying the need for a captivating and enticing resume that’s going to get you the job that you want and deserve. With this in mind, here are 10 essential tips you need to know, helping you to masterfully craft this perfect resume and enabling you to secure an interview for the job of your dreams.

Highlight Your Educational Achievements
Since you’re around the time of your life where you’re still in or near the end of your term in education, you’ll have very little, if any, career experience to state on your resume. This means you’ll need emphasis and draw focus onto the achievements that you’ve made during your time in medical school.

“This could be your grades, a reference or quote from your professor, your GPA as well as any awards you may have received during your career so far. Be sure to put your most astounding achievement at the top of your resume since this will be the first thing some recruiters see,” explains Terry Arnold, a resume writer for Paper Fellows.

Showcase Your Extracurricular Activities
In addition to your educational experiences, it’s imperative to include information on any extracurricular activities. In this case, you may have been part of a club, joined in a competition or sports team, or shown leadership skills in a certain project. This is all extra experience that will help secure a job.

Note Your Scholarships
The grants and scholarships you may have received before and during your time in education is always a great note to mention in your resume. This is a great way for a recruiter to see what kind of person you were before and during your time in education and is a great way to boost your chances of securing an interview.

Share Your Research Skills
Recruiters will already be aware of the fact that medicine, in any form, is research and study-intensive and any extra opportunities you have taken will only strengthen your case for employment.

“Stating that you have the ability to research and look into the right places for information, an essential skill in the field of medicine, is something your employer will be on the lookout for,” shares Dillan Francis, a resume writer for Essayroo.

Include Information on Qualifications
During your time as a student, or even after you’ve qualified, you may have partaken on certain courses or training programs in your own time. This could include things like health and safety courses, local volunteer projects, or the sorts. Be sure to mention these in your resume to boost your chances of securing an interview.

Volunteer During Your Free Time
Now that you’re in the limbo between education and a career in the medical world, it’s important to maximize your chances of securing a job — consider volunteering, which gives you more experience to showcase in your resume.

One of the more exhilarating positions you could try is a volunteer project abroad, such as Africa or India. Here, the projects aim to use medical expertise to minimize the risk of spreading disease while addressing other healthcare issues. This is a great opportunity for yourself and to put on your resume.

Perfecting Your Medical Resume
Not everybody is born to be a professional writer, but that doesn’t mean it should hold you back when it comes to crafting an excellent resume. Thankfully, there are numerous services and resources you can use to help you to reach perfection in your content.

Write a New Resume for Each Job
Each vacancy that you apply for will have different requirements and expectations that you’ll need to address. Instead of sending out a generic resume to all vacancies, make sure to read about the job you’re applying for and edit, at the very least, your resume to suit what they’re looking for.

Keep Your Resume Updated
If you’re partaking in abroad volunteer projects or working in other roles until you find a job in a medical career, it’s important to remember to keep updating your resume with current projects and activities. This stops gaps appearing on your resume that can reduce your chances of securing an interview. Be sure to make your experience relevant to the job that you’re applying for.

Don’t Forget the Resume Basics
Perhaps one of the most important points to remember when writing your resume is not to forget the basics. This means formatting your resume with subheadings and breaking it up into easy to read paragraphs. Also, put your correct contact information at the top for easy identification and try not to allow your resume to spread over a single page.

   
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