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Resume tips for allied health professionals

Healthcare employers are seeking qualified professionals. And although there’s an increase in demand, it remains a competitive industry due to the importance of the work.

If you’re looking for a job as a medical assistant, phlebotomy technician, pharmacy technician, billing and coding specialist or other allied health profession, these resume-boosting tips will help you stand out.


Hype up your specializations

If you work especially well with a specific subset of patients or patient challenges, share that strength. Allied health employers like to see what sets you apart from other candidates.

Let them know you’re up-to-date

The healthcare industry is always changing. Give employers confidence that you stay up-to-date by sharing that your certification is current and that you’re aware of any changes in regulations, treatments and equipment. NHA offers a variety of continuing education credits that can prove your commitment to employers.

Add hard facts

Quantifiable facts give your resume substance. Share the number of patients you helped in your last job. If you just completed your training, share how many clinicals you attended. This assures employers that you aren’t blowing smoke. 

No experience? No problem

If you are new to the industry, focus on your skills and qualified credentials rather than your job experience.

Give it a thorough proofreading

Nothing turns off employers like a glaring spelling error. Make sure you and at least one other person give your resume a good proofread before sending.

Be mindful of your online presence

One of the first places employers research your background is online. Make sure your social accounts don’t include any photos or content you wouldn’t want a future employer to see.

(Bonus: Consider creating or updating a profile on LinkedIn —the social network for professionals.)

If you’re looking to begin or advance your allied health career, check out our career resources to get help finding the right path for you. Best of luck on your job search!

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Topics: Job Search Tips, Resume Tips