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How to Format Your Resumé for What the Interviewer is Looking for

Whether you are just entering the healthcare field, or you already have experience under your belt, you always need an excellent resumé to help you stand out from other applicants. 

Before building your resumé, list your education, certifications, experience, volunteer work, and skills so you don’t forget to include them. 

Gathering information for your resumé is only the first step, and you will need to format your resumé correctly if you want to make a great first impression. 

Often, resumés are your first impression. You don’t want to produce a sloppy or unprofessional looking one. 

Learn more about resumés, how to format yours correctly, and where to find a healthcare position that cares about your personal and professional goals and treats you like family.

Why you need a resumé that stands out

A resumé is a critical tool that jobseekers use to display their qualifications and experiences to potential employers.

Your resumé is your first introduction and provides a potential employer with a brief summary of your skills, experiences, and capabilities. 

A resumé will also allow you to highlight your most relevant experiences and accomplishments.  

This can provide employers with an overview of your background and how qualified you are for the position. 

Building a strong resumé can help you stand out by showcasing your unique skills and experiences while demonstrating why you are the best fit for the job. 

Recruiters and hiring managers typically receive numerous resumés for each job opening, and they may only spend a few seconds scanning each one before deciding whether to move forward with the candidate. 

How to format your resumé correctly 

To create a resumé that effectively communicates your skills and experiences to a potential employer, you’ll want to ensure that your resumé is formatted correctly. 

Below you can find tips that will make your resumé get noticed:

Use a clean and professional design 

Choose a simple and clean design for your resumé that is easy to read and navigate. Your information is what you want to stand out the most—not the design of the resumé. 

Use a professional font, such as Times New Roman or Calibri, and avoid too many colors or graphics.

Keep it concise

Limit your resumé to one or two pages maximum. Many employers prefer just one page. 

Focus on the most important and relevant information and avoid including unnecessary details. Limit your list of skills to the ones that are relevant to the job description. 

Use bullet points 

Use bullet points to highlight your skills, experiences, and accomplishments. 

This makes it easier for the employer to read and quickly identify your strengths. 

Use keywords

Use keywords from the job description in your resumé to help the employer quickly identify your qualifications and fit for the position. 

Use quantifiable results 

If possible, include specific numbers and statistics to quantify your accomplishments and results. For example: 

  • Was responsible for a floor of 20 residents 
  • 5 years of experience in senior living 
  • Managed a team of 13 staff members 
  • Decreased the turnover rate by 10% during my leadership

This helps the employer understand the impact you’ve made in your previous roles. 

Tailor your resumé for each job 

Customize your resumé for each job you apply for, highlighting the specific skills and experiences most relevant to that position.

Include a summary statement

Include a brief summary statement at the top of your resumé that highlights your key skills and experiences and demonstrates your fit for the position. Include a sentence about what you’re looking for in this role and how you can contribute to it. 

What to include on your healthcare resumé?

When creating a resumé for a senior living healthcare position, summarize your experiences and education related to healthcare.

Include your clinical skills, including medication administration, wound care, and patient assessment. Obviously, be sure to list all degrees and certifications to show how much education you’ve received. 

Other skills that will help your resumé stand out include: 

  • Communication skills 
  • Customer service skills
  • Computer skills 
  • Volunteer and community work 
  • Certifications 

Working with seniors and their families is rewarding but can be challenging, which is why experience showing how well you can adapt to changes and work well in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment will help you stand out. 

Apply to The Kensington White Plains 

The Kensington White Plains is a great place to gain experience for your next resumé or use the skills you have already obtained. 

We offer entry-level positions for those just beginning their healthcare career, as well as mid-level and high-level positions for qualified applicants.  

Available positions could include: 

  • Assistant Director of Nursing Services (RN)
  • CNA Care Partner
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Business Office Assistant
  • Concierge
  • Dining Servers

Our community is a great place to get your foot in the door of the healthcare field. Or to find a fulfilling career as an experienced healthcare professional. 

A community that feels like family 

The Kensington White Plains is an assisted living and memory care community that hires compassionate, educated, professional people. 

Our Promise is to love and care for our residents as we do our own family, and we extend this Promise to our team as well. 

Our healthcare team is important to us, and we want to see them grow personally and professionally, so we offer flexible scheduling, training, and some of the best benefits. 

Employee benefits include:

  • Competitive Salaries
  • Health, Life, 401K & Other Benefits starting at 30 hrs/wk
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Complimentary Lunches & Dinners
  • Annual Performance Review & Increases
  • Continuous Educational Paid Trainings 

Contact us or check out our blog to learn more about our senior living communities, founders, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and our full-time and part-time positions.

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