If you are starting as a home health aide, you may find it overwhelming to figure out what should and should not be on your resume. This is the first representation potential employers “see” of you. Your resume is what will get you the interview, so having a polished document will go a long way toward getting your foot in the door.
What Is in a Resume?
The content of a resume today is slightly different than it was just ten years ago. If you are entering the job market after an extended hiatus, it will be essential to become familiar with the current formatting and sections as this will demonstrate to your future employer your ability to stay current.
As in the past, your resume should have your name and your contact information, including address and phone numbers. Your past education and any previous employers are also important to list. However, leave off a list of references since you can supply those when the employer requests them. A current resume will also have a list of soft skills, or those skills that are more difficult to define than skills associated with a specific job. Interpersonal skills and personal attributes fall into this category.
For instance, soft skills include your communication abilities, how you manage relationships, how well you “read” others as well as your critical thinking, teamwork, decision making, problem-solving, and flexibility. Each of these are crucial skills for those who want to enter the field of home health care. These are also skills you should stress if this is your first home care job. In many cases, hard skills can be taught more easily and readily than compassion, caring, and a willingness to serve others.
What to Leave Off Your Resume
There are specific items you should leave off your resume. An objective statement normally doesn’t contain anything new and takes up space on your resume. Instead, include a personal profile that explains who you are and what you will bring to the position and families you’ll serve.
Although most employers ask about hobbies during the interview, they don’t belong on your resume. When reading a resume, employers are interested only in if the candidate is qualified for the position. Unless you have a hobby that improves your skills as a home health care aide, it’s best to leave it off.
Although you might think a long list of work experiences improves your first impression with an employer, it may mean you aren’t committed to staying with one employer for too long. Instead, list the jobs that are most pertinent to the position you are applying for, which saves the hiring manager from having to search through a long list to find the details they need.
Embellishments, exaggerations, and falsehoods – in other words, lies – have no place on your resume. The lies are not challenging to find and give your hiring manager a good reason not to hire you. Keep your paragraphs short or use bullets and list skills that add value to the new job.
Anodyne’s Recruiters Can Help You Polish Your Resume
Your job depends on getting the interview – and getting the interview depends on a polished resume. Call the professional recruiters at Anodyne today, and let’s get started building a new career.