Healthcare Resume Examples of 2022

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It is expected that healthcare jobs will grow by 16 percent (or 2.6 million) this decade, which is much faster than the average for all professions in the United States.

The healthcare sector encompasses many different work settings and roles. But these roles share certain qualities that stand out and call for a modified approach to your resume. You’ll need to consider and incorporate these differences into your resume. Otherwise, it may limit your ability to find new career opportunities.

As a healthcare professional, you can avoid a lackluster resume and make your experience shine by centering it on patients. How do you observe, engage with, and support patients’ increased health? Answering that fundamental question will help you write a great resume for your job search.

Downloadable Resume Examples

Example #1
Healthcare_Example-1.pdf

Example #1

Example #2
Healthcare_Example-2.pdf

Example #2

Example #3
Healthcare_Example-3.pdf

Example #3

Healthcare Text-Only Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • Example #1 #1
  • Example #2 #2
  • Example #3 #3

Madeline Wentworth
(289) 384-2944
[email protected]
342 Walnut Street, Bismarck, ND 58503

Profile

Reliable licensed dental hygiene professional with 6+ years of experience in innovative, modern dental practice. Expertise working with diverse populations, including adolescents, medically compromised, and geriatrics. Experience in soft tissue management, whitening procedures, periodontal charting, sonic and ultrasonic instrumentation. Certified in Basic Life Support and Nitrous Oxide Monitoring. Able to work independently and collaboratively with dentist and office staff and provide mentoring and training to new staff members. Competent in dental laboratory skills and familiar with electronic health recording systems.

Professional Experience

Dental Hygienist, Bismarck Dental Services, Bismarck, ND
May 2014 — Present

  • Review patients’ health and oral health history prior to dental hygiene procedures
  • Manage patient anxiety using pleasant demeanor, education, and empathy
  • Examine patients’ teeth, removing plaque and calculus, performing debridement and root planing as needed
  • Operate digital X-ray machine to provide intraoral radiographs
  • Counsel patients on the importance of proper oral hygiene
  • Introduced innovative cleaning approach to reduce patient discomfort and anxiety

Digital Orthodontic Lab Tech, ACME Orthodontics, Lincoln, ND
January 2011 — April 2013

  • Prepared digital models for 3D printing
  • Scanned existing plaster models into digital files
  • Prepared models and aligners for moving teeth
  • Cleaned and prepped printed models for appliance fabrication
  • Operated lab equipment
  • Followed lab operations policies and procedures

Education

Dental Hygiene Program
North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, ND, September 2011 — May 2013

Key Skills

  • Provide diagnostic, preventive, therapeutic, and minimally invasive restorative services
  • Help patients develop and maintain good oral health
  • Educate patients on the relationship between diet and oral health
  • Guide patients’ selection of oral care devices
  • Document patient care and treatment plans

Certifications

  • Basic Life Support
  • Nitrous Oxide Monitoring

Prisha Ali
[email protected]
(111) 121-2121
3031 Brannon Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Profile

Board-certified physician with 10+ years of experience in both hospital and private practice settings. Specialize in internal and family medicine, with a focus on treating non-life-threatening conditions and illnesses. Maintained an 85% patient success rate over the course of a 10-year career based on patient surveys. Dedicated to providing quality care services with utmost confidentiality.

Professional Experience

Physician, Hope Health, Los Angeles, CA
November 2015 – Present

  • Counsel patients on specialist referrals
  • Train teams of 6 residents for internal medicine program, reviewing the quality of their care and compliance with healthcare regulations
  • Analyze data X-rays and other laboratory tests for patient diagnosis, treatment, and referral

Physician, Johnson Family Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
July 2011 – February 2015

  • Managed healthcare records for 50+ patients using Microsoft Excel
  • Prescribed medications and set treatment plans for patients with non-life-threatening conditions
  • Consulted with medical sales reps to discuss cost-effective treatments and medical products

Internal Medicine Resident, UCLA Health, Los Angeles, CA
July 2011 – February 2015

  • Provided healthcare to internal medicine patients under supervision of senior physicians
  • Helped examine and diagnose patients upon intake
  • Conducted patient interviews and thoroughly documented information to maintain accurate health records

Education

Doctor of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles, CA, June 2004

Bachelor of Science in Biology
University of California, Los Angeles, CA, June 2000

Key Skills

  • Family Practice
  • Intake Processing
  • Leadership
  • Patient Care
  • Patient Confidentiality

Certifications

  • Board Certified, Medical Board of California, 2010

James Corbin
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Your Street, Nashville, TN 12345

Profile

A certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with entry-level experience, specializing in patient transport, pre-hospital care, communication, and ambulance operation. Adept at coordinating with medical teams to deliver emergency treatment to patients in crisis situations.

Professional Experience

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Southwest Medical, Nashville, TN
June 2021 – Present

  • Deliver first aid, basic life support, and emergency medical treatment to 50+ patients per week in a wide range of emergency medical situations
  • Ensure the safe transport of patients and administer appropriate medical treatment on-scene and in route to hospitals, including CPR and pharmaceutical interventions
  • Conduct preventative maintenance on ambulatory vehicles and perform equipment inspections to identify potential defects
  • Communicate with patients and families on-site to obtain medical histories and identify appropriate treatments based on symptoms

Volunteer Experience

Volunteer, Southwest Medical, Nashville, TN
June 2020 – June 2021

  • Provided patient transport support to a 200-bed hospital as a volunteer, which included transporting patients in wheelchairs to and from appointments within the facility
  • Interfaced with a diverse patient population, communicated with empathy and professionalism, and ensured safe transport of patients

Education

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
University of Nashville, Nashville, TN, September 2012 – May 2016

Key Skills

  • Patient Care
  • Vital Sign Monitoring
  • Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
  • Communication
  • Patient Transport

Certifications

  • EMT-Basic Certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (Active), June 2021
  • Advanced Life Support (ALS), American Heart Association, June 2021

Tips for Writing a Better Healthcare Resume

1. Keep your format simple and consistent

Healthcare resumes or CVs can have many more sections than resumes in other fields (perhaps rivaled only by science or academia). Your relevant background may include not just education and work experience but also research, practicums, associations, certifications, and more. How do you gather and organize all those details on one document without losing your mind?

The trick is setting “global” format rules that govern the entire document, no matter how long or multifaceted it becomes. For example, virtually all the text on your resume should fall in one of just four categories:

•   Section headings

•   Organization names

•   Personal titles (like “Pediatric Nurse” or “Bachelor of Science”)

•   Main/body text

Leave the main/body text as is but choose one or more unique format settings for the other three categories, such as bold, italic, or UPPERCASE. You can then apply the settings to all text in that category across the document (to that end, try using Microsoft Word’s nifty Format Painter tool). Following this method allows you to set your career details off from each other in a clear and consistent way.

Example:

Professional Experience

 

Physician, Hope Health, Los Angeles, CA

November 2015 – Present

2. Use dynamic verb phrases

As a healthcare professional, you likely have great interpersonal skills (or “soft skills”) like collaboration and communication. But when you refer to these skills in your Profile or Experience sections using an adjective or noun phrase like “Strong communication skills,” they won’t stand out to hiring managers.

That’s because (a) they’re pretty vague by themselves, and (b) countless other jobseekers (both in and outside healthcare) use these phrases on their own resumes. To get around this problem, convert each soft skill into a verb phrase (such as “communicated with…”) when possible – this allows you to add details more specific to your driving positive health outcomes.

Example:

  • Interfaced with a diverse patient population, communicated with empathy and professionalism, and ensured safe transport of patients

 

3. Avoid jargon

Any time you use a long, unwieldy word when a short word would do, that’s jargon. A classic example: People use the words “utilize” or “utilization” when they should use “use.”

Jargon can be especially tempting if you’re in healthcare, where there are plenty of medical terms (like “inflammation”) that may not have a shorter, better option. These terms have a place on your resume, as long as they’re relevant to your goals. The problem is when you let words that should be short and simple become words (often ending in “tion”) that are long and clunky.

Grammar expert Patricia T. O’Conner defines jargon as “pseudotechnical terms that are supposed to lend the speaker an aura of expertise…. you can use it to discuss things you know little about, and without saying anything.” But you don’t need language to give you expertise. You already have it. You know plenty about your healthcare field and have plenty to say about your past work, so you don’t need to rely on jargon for your resume. Any time you find yourself using a long word, stop and ask: Is there a shorter synonym? This will help you keep your resume clear and concise.

Example:

  • Manage patient anxiety, using pleasant demeanor, education, and empathy

 

Key Skills Hiring Managers Look for on Healthcare Resumes

Include a “Key Skills” section on your resume to give the hiring manager a quick overview of the expertise and value you offer. Consider including any of the terms below:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Active Listening Methods Complex Problem-Solving
Cross-Discipline Collaboration Data Gathering & Analysis
Emotional Intelligence Health Evaluation
Healthcare Administration Patient & Family Relations
Patient Communications Patient Confidentiality
Patient-Centered Care Policy Development & Application
Regulatory Compliance Task Prioritization
Team Collaboration Vital Sign Monitoring

Common Action Verbs for Healthcare Resumes

Florence Nightingale once wrote, “…nothing but observation and experience will teach us the ways to maintain or to bring back the state of health.” Observing and responding in the moment is central to a healthcare professional’s work. However, there are countless further actions you take to support patients. To help you capture those actions on your resume, we put together this list of strong verbs for healthcare workers:

Action Verbs
Analyze Assist
Collaborate Communicate
Detect Determine
Discern Empathize
Identify Interpret
Isolate Listen
Monitor Observe
Provide Relay
Resolve Respond
Review Synthesize

How to Align Your Healthcare Resume With the Job Description

When you find a healthcare job posting that interests you, look closely at the required skills and qualifications. Are there any you possess but haven’t featured on your resume yet?

For instance, have you worked with the same types of medical procedures or patient groups? If so, consider mentioning that experience in your resume Profile or Key Skills section. (Often, you can simply add it to the end of your intro line, as in the above resume samples.) Taking this extra step will make your resume more relevant to the job at hand and more likely to attract the hiring manager’s notice.