You write a resume, you send out a resume; sounds simple, right? The truth is, there is much more to resume composition than just the dates of your employment. Organizing a resume correctly is as important as the content. But what does resume organization mean? Well, there are two most common resume formats: chronological and functional. In general, chronological is the type you may already be familiar with that lists the jobs in order and may include short bullets of information about what you did at each job. A functional resume is more focused on career accomplishments and skills. What should you do for your medical resume? Here are some dos and don’ts to help you out.



  • Emphasize achievements. Gone are the days where a laundry list of tasks is the preferred method of communication on a resume. Now, employers are more concerned about achievements. You need to show, not tell, the facility why you are the person they want to hire by showcasing what you’ve accomplished in your career so far.
  • Create a snapshot. But don’t get too long winded. Your resume is not intended to be a comprehensive look at your entire career but a snapshot of your experience. While you do want to be sure to include your experience, you don’t have to list everything you ever done. Keep it relevant.
  • Edit for spelling and grammar. It seems like common sense, but you may be surprised how many resumes are received with significant errors. Before you send, review your resume for spelling and grammar. You may even want to have someone else take a look at it to catch anything you might have missed.


  • Exaggerate information. Even though companies are looking at accomplishments rather than individual tasks, that doesn’t mean you have license to exaggerate. There will still be checks and balances employers use to determine if the information on a resume is accurate. Stick with the truth and you’ll be just fine.
  • Create a laundry list. Yes, you have a lot of certifications and skills that you want to be sure to communicate but there are ways to do this besides just creating a shopping list of things you know how to do. Try to incorporate your skills into your accomplishments to draw the readers in.
  • Choose the wrong format. Another challenge for a lot of healthcare professionals is choosing the right format. There are two that are most commonly used: chronological and functional. A chronological resume lists all of your jobs starting with the most recent. A functional resume will focus more on your skills summary and accomplishments. There is no right answer, but try to choose which one will draw the readers in and convince them to call you.

Are you looking for your next healthcare job? Contact the team at Fortus Healthcare Solutions today.

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