Personal Care Assistant Resume Examples of 2023

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Example #1
Personal-Care-Assistant_Example-1.pdf

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Example #2
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Example #3
Personal-Care-Assistant_Example-3.pdf

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Personal Care Assistant Text-Only Resume Examples

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  • Example #3 #3

Kevin Morrison
123 Windermere Rd., Seattle, WA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Service-oriented Personal Care Assistant with 5+ years of experience. Foster positive relationships with diverse clients, caregivers, and family members. Calm, professional, and focused on finding viable solutions for each patient. Naturally curious and committed to gaining new medical knowledge.

Key Skills

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • Allergy & Infection Prevention
  • Client Transport
  • Cross-Discipline Collaboration
  • Daily Meal Preparation
  • Patient & Family Relations
  • Patient Bathing & Personal Hygiene
  • Patient Care & Support
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Reporting & Documentation
  • Task Prioritization

Professional Experience

Personal Care Assistant, GZZ Care Partners, Seattle, WA | December 2017 to Present

  • Help care for and support patients with various chronic illnesses
  • Maintain proactive communications with patients and their families, giving clear explanations of various health topics
  • Take precautions to help patients avoid infections or allergic reactions in their home
  • Assist patients with bathing, oral care, and other daily personal hygiene
  • Balance multiple tasks and priorities to deliver top-quality support to each client

Technical Support Associate, HJX Tech Services, Seattle, WA | October 2016 to November 2017

  • Gained strong foundation in customer relations and support as member of a 10-person IT team

Education & Credential

Graduate, Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA

Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

Technical Skills

Microsoft Office Suite (advanced Word, Excel)

Raheem Richardson
123 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Collaborative Personal Care Assistant with 5+ years of experience. Committed to helping people manage and mitigate the effects of disabilities on their daily health and well-being. Work with supervisors to find new ways of honing internal communications and systems. Bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish.

Key Skills

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • Allergy & Infection Prevention
  • Client Transport
  • Cross-Discipline Collaboration
  • Daily Meal Preparation
  • Patient & Family Relations
  • Patient Bathing & Personal Hygiene
  • Patient Care & Support
  • Process Improvement
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Reporting & Documentation
  • Task Prioritization

Professional Experience

Personal Care Assistant, WBV Home Health, Nashville, TN | December 2017 to Present

  • Coordinate home care efforts with physicians, nurses, and physical and occupational therapists
  • Organize and prepare meals incorporating healthy seasonal produce
  • Transport clients to and from pharmacy and doctor appointments as needed
  • Maintain detailed EMR documentation per company policies and health regulations

Highlight:

  • Helped streamline several key procedures at main office, leading to 20% faster weekly reporting and client communications

Prior Experience

  • Gained strong foundation in teamwork and customer relations as a Server at Pizza Hut (Nashville, TN).

Education

Associate Degree, Nashville State Community College, Nashville, TN

Languages 

Fluency in Spanish | Proficiency in Italian

Melissa Anderson
123 Pine Brook Dr, Miami, FL 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Personal Care Assistant with 5+ years of experience. Passionate about helping senior citizens engage with their community and maintain an active lifestyle. Courteous, patient, and adaptable to each client’s pace of progress toward personal health goals. Recently demonstrated success in a mentor role for new hires.

Key Skills

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • Allergy & Infection Prevention
  • Client Transport
  • Cross-Discipline Collaboration
  • Daily Meal Preparation
  • New Hire Training & Support
  • Patient & Family Relations
  • Patient Bathing & Personal Hygiene
  • Patient Care & Support
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Reporting & Documentation
  • Task Prioritization

Professional Experience

Personal Care Assistant, BVG Home Care Services, Miami, FL | December 2017 to Present

  • Help clients engage in daily living activities and outings suited to their mobility level
  • Facilitate weekly laundry, cleaning, and other household chores
  • Carefully document work activities to reinforce overall case management and legal compliance
  • Consult with nurse to maintain up-to-date understanding of each client’s broader plan of care
  • Recently took on additional role training and coaching four new hires

Education & Credential

Bachelor’s Degree, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
3.8 GPA | magna cum laude

Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

Tips for Writing a Better Personal Care Assistant Resume

1. Brainstorm your best healthcare experiences

The foundation of a great resume is your enthusiasm for the things that interest you. To start building that foundation, take 10 minutes to quickly brainstorm and write down your answer to this question: What are you most proud of in your last year’s healthcare experience?

As you jot down your answers, don’t worry about organizing them to fit any resume conventions yet. Your goal at this early stage isn’t to write a polished document. It’s to gain momentum in the overall writing process and start generating the raw material from which you can make your best resume.

Once you’re done brainstorming highlights from the past year, you’ll want to repeat this process going back as many years as your job search requires. Date each group of notes (e.g., “December 2021 to December 2022,” “December 2020 to December 2021” … ), and save and name the document something like “Resume Brainstorming.”

2. Filter info based on your target personal care assistant job

Once you’re done with the brainstorming process above, save a copy of your document and then filter your information based on your target job. You can do so by taking it one detail at a time. With each detail, answer the same yes-or-no question: Does this overlap with the types of things you’d be doing as a personal care assistant? If your answer is no, delete that detail. If yes, plan on including that detail in your final resume.

This filtering process reflects the most important thing to know about your resume: It shouldn’t be an overview of your experience but a summary of your relevant experience. Your resume should take whatever shape necessary to give the hiring manager a clear view of your background as related to their job opening. (For a more detailed overview of this method, see the “How to write a successful resume” section of our Resume vs. Curriculum Vitae (CV) article.)

Example:

Server at Pizza Hut (Nashville, TN)

I provided menus and answered any questions about the day’s food and drink specials.

I facilitated the launch of a new POS system that improved restaurant efficiency.

I gained strong early experience in customer service and relations.

3. Drop the phrase “strong communication skills”

Communication skills are key to success as a personal care assistant. But when you put a phrase like “strong verbal and written communications skills” on your resume, it fails to impress hiring managers. That’s because (a) countless other applicants say this on their resumes, and (b) the phrase is pretty vague.

Try to get more specific. How have you applied your communication skills? What form have they taken as duties or focus areas in your previous roles? By answering these questions, you can generate more tangible keywords and phrases that help your resume stand out.

Examples:

  • Maintain proactive communications with patients and their families, giving clear explanations of various health topics
  • Carefully document work activities to reinforce overall case management and legal compliance

 

Key Skills Hiring Managers Look for on Personal Care Assistant Resumes

One of the best ways to improve your resume is to add keywords.

Most employers now use an applicant tracking system (ATS), which scans each submitted resume for keywords relevant to the job opening. When the ATS finds a resume with many relevant keywords, it flags the document for the hiring manager.

To make your resume ATS-friendly, add a keyword-rich “Skills” or “Expertise” section (as in the resume examples above). Here are some common keywords for a personal care assistant:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) Allergy & Infection Prevention
Client Transport Cross-Discipline Collaboration
Daily Meal Preparation New Hire Training & Support
Patient & Family Relations Patient Bathing & Personal Hygiene
Patient Care & Support Process Improvement
Regulatory Compliance Reporting & Documentation
Task Prioritization  

Note: As the above list indicates, you should only use short noun phrases in this section. Reserve personal attributes and adjectives (like “highly collaborative” or “strong work ethic”) for your Profile summary. Any time you’re unsure whether a term fits this section, plug it into the phrase “I’m skilled in [term].” If the term makes a correct sentence (“I’m skilled in team collaboration”), it’s an OK addition. But if it makes nonsense (“I’m skilled in highly collaborative”), that’s your cue to leave it out.

Common Action Verbs for Personal Care Assistant Resumes

One of the most frequent resume mistakes is using too few verbs. You may fall into repeating the same generic verb (say, “Manage”) many times. This repetition can distract the hiring manager and fail to show the varied nature of your experience. The following list will help you mix up the verbs on your personal care assistant resume:

Action Verbs
Adapt Collaborate
Coordinate Decrease
Document Educate
Enhance Facilitate
Help Improve
Increase Instruct
Motivate Organize
Prepare Prioritize
Provide Reinforce
Retrieve Strengthen
Support Transport

NOTE: The above verbs are all in the present tense. Use the present tense to describe your current job duties. But use the past tense (e.g., “Generated,” “Improved”) to describe any projects you’ve completed or achievements you’ve had in your current job. Also, use the past tense to describe both duties and achievements in all your previous jobs.

How to Align Your Personal Care Assistant Resume With a Job Posting

One thing unique to most job postings is the description of the employer or facility. You can enhance your resume by tailoring it based on these details as they resonate with you. Follow these four steps:

Step 1: Jot down a few notes on the type of work environment you like best. For instance, you may prefer an environment that’s one or more of the following:

  • Collaborative
  • Customer-Focused
  • Inclusive
  • Innovative
  • Quality-Focused
  • Systematic, Process-Oriented

Step 2: When you find a personal care assistant job posting that intrigues you, look for details about the hiring organization or its work culture.

Step 3: Compare those details against your preferred work environment and highlight any overlap.

Step 4: Add a line or two to your Profile emphasizing that similarity. For example, say you prefer a customer-focused work environment. You find a posting saying, “We are a team that places customer satisfaction at the center of everything we do.” You can then add a Profile line such as:

  • “Thrive in customer-focused work environments.”
  • “Committed to building positive long-term relationships with customers.”

This simple exercise can make your resume more accurately show why you’re a fit for the role and why the hiring manager should call you for an interview.

More Resume & Cover Letter Resources

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that jobs for home health and personal care aides will increase by about 25 percent between 2021 and 2031.

For more on finding opportunities in this field and related fields, check out the links below:

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