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Crafting Your Resume Exactly How an Employer Demands

Resume

Crafting Your Resume Exactly How an Employer Demands

Fortunately, or unfortunately, prospective employers do judge candidates by their resume, and frequently make hiring decisions based solely on this document. Here at TAG, we present resumes accompanied by a personal questionnaire, so employers have an opportunity to get to know a great deal more about our candidates in addition to their career history.

That said, we have learned a few things over the years about required content, style and format that we thought would be worthwhile sharing.

Overview

The first thing to remember is that although your resume should be as succinct and informative as possible, it does not have to be crunched onto one page. The second thing to remember is that hiring programs HR Departments utilize are geared to pick up on specific words and phrases and automatically match them with open jobs. Do not put extra borders, colors, lines or drawings on your resume. We have seen all these things.

Objectives

Important – but keep it brief, and let them know the position(s) you are interested in.

Summary

You should neatly encapsulate your skills and experience. Bullet points are good, but not necessary. Again, keep it short and to the point.

Contact Information

You must put in your full address, personal email and cell phone. Your resume is automatically logged in to ever-increasingly sophisticated data mining programs. Failure to complete this section will render your resume worthless.

Accomplishments

Do not list your accomplishments separately. Employers need to see them in context. !

Work History

List your work history from your current job going back at least 10 years. State the name and city and state of your work place then the dates you worked there. If you worked at one company for a long time but at different jobs, please list that as one continuous job and your title at each position you held at the company. This will ensure you are not seen as a “job hopper”. The most important thing to list in your work experience is what you actually accomplished at your job. Everyone knows what your job entails. What you want to convey is:

• What were the circumstances when you were hired

• What did you do to effect change, what did you accomplish, and how – this is your opportunity !to present metrics and results, depending on your individual responsibilities

• What did you do to make/save the company money, and what you did to make the company better

References

Always include at least 3 – 5 references on your resume. Include their name, current title, email and best phone number. Also include how long you worked with them and your professional relationship with the person, as in what your interaction was with them when you worked together. Do not write “References Upon Request.” You should assume that references are always acted on.

Qualifications

Please list your education and degrees, licenses and affiliations together and make them short and sweet

In summary, do not over-complicate matters with anything other than the above. You will expand and embellish during your interview. But if you follow these simple guidelines, we are confident that we can advance you through the initial stages of the process.

Christopher MacIntyre is Managing General Partner at Talent Achievement Group, a Healthcare Recruiting Consultancy.  Contact Christopher @ christopher@tagachieve.com.  Follow us on Twitter @TAGachieve. 

What Our Healthcare Recruiting Firm Looks for In Our Candidates

What Our Healthcare Recruiting Firm Looks for In Our Candidates

By: Christopher M. MacIntyre

August, 2016

If you’ve read our last blog on here, you’ll have a pretty good idea of the values and ethos we have as a firm. 

We’re proud of the fact that we approach the healthcare recruiting process in a way that marks us out.  We are a close-knit group that has a very clear vision of how we want our firm to be perceived in the market place.  It’s a work in progress, but every single day we make choices and decisions that are based on simple guiding principles.  And it’s how we search out our candidates as well.  We are very much aware that the people we represent are a reflection of our firm, and the most important component of our reputation.

So when you, the candidate, come to us, we look for a number of qualities in you.

Integrity

We firmly believe that this is the single most important quality you will possess.  As we will be honest with you, we expect you to behave in a similar fashion with us.  You will likely have a strong understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses, and be able to admit to past failures or things you could have done better, as well as talk about the triumphs.  You will have a keen sense of loyalty that will encompass both past and present employers, refusing to denigrate those you have worked with.

Ability

Although this goes without saying, we want to know that you possess the ability to set goals, see tasks through and generally demonstrate competence at all times in the work you do and have done.  We want to know that you have real confidence in your abilities to not only perform mandated tasks, but also persuade an employer that you can go above and beyond.  Adding real value to an organization is a very compelling personal selling point.

Team Player

If you can impart the sense that you are a team player to us, then this again will go a long way to positioning yourself well with any future employer.  In general, people want to feel at ease with others they will be working closely with, and if they get a sense of your personality as cooperative and willing to do the hard yards, this again is a very attractive characteristic to potential employers.

Confidence

As referenced above, a strong sense of inner-confidence in your approach to the work you do is important.  Sometimes there will be adverse moments in highly-demanding jobs.  Your ability to approach a crisis with a calm, “can-do” demeanor breeds a sense of belief in people that you are someone that can be relied upon in any situation.

If we can determine that you possess positive qualities that overall make up a strong, likable character, we will have total confidence in putting you forward and promoting you for high-level positions.  Because we will feel safe in the knowledge that a prospective employer will also discern these qualities in you during the interview process.

Choose Your Healthcare Recruiting Firm Wisely

Healthcare Recruiting

Choose Your Healthcare Recruiting Firm Wisely

When I formed Talent Achievement Group, a healthcare recruiting firm, back in 2014, I had a very clear vision of how I wanted to try and bring change to the recruitment industry. Recruiters have earned a bad name through many practices that are, shall we say, less than honorable, such as falsifying resumes and misrepresenting relationships. I know. I’ve worked for companies that believed this was typical, and accepted, behavior!

But like any industry, there are good and bad. I decided I wanted to build a healthcare recruiting practice that from day one held to rigorous ethical standards, with a total absence of these widespread deceptive practices, while turning the whole process into a real partnership between you, the candidate, TAG and your prospective employer.

By and large, recruiters aren’t doing you a favor, nor are you doing the recruiter a favor. The bottom line is that if you have an impressive background, you get to pick your recruiter. As recruiters, we are fully aware that we are not the only option. If we think we can place you, then there will be others that will think the same.

Therefore, the onus is on us at TAG to do all we can to help, advise and honestly promote your talents to whom we consider the right organizations for your particular skill-set. We see little point in trying to force round pegs in to square holes. It is a waste of your valuable time and ours. We are meticulous in attempting to put our candidates in a work environment that is the right professional and cultural fit for them.

The relationship you have with your healthcare recruiting firm is of paramount importance. It should be a relationship that is first and foremost based on trust, mutual respect, but also a liberal dose of gut instinct. If you “click” with someone and feel there is a real connection there, don’t ignore it.

What candidates often forget is that there is actually a myriad of services that good recruiters effectively provide for free. By our reckoning, close to 90% of our work is effectively “pro bono” – everything from resume writing and re-writing, personal branding, social marketing advice, interview practice, career and personal guidance, and of course a ready shoulder to cry on. The list is pretty endless. The flip side of this is that we also spend a lot of our time on getting to know our client organizations. For us to help them and place good people with them, it is imperative that we understand the ethos and culture of their company.

One of the more rewarding things we’re now experiencing at TAG is receiving new client and candidate calls coming to us on personal recommendations from our existing clients and candidates. As a recruiter, this is the ultimate validation and says to us that we must be doing something right!

I want to return briefly to the subject of trust. It is the single most important aspect in the recruiter/candidate relationship. We will spend time getting to know you by asking a lot of questions. We will expect you to ask us a lot of questions in return! One of the guiding principles that my company was founded on is that we wanted to establish long-term relationships with our candidates and clients. In effect, to provide you with elements of career counseling, should you need that advice.   We’re not here just for a “one and done” placement, we are genuinely interested in your long-term career path, your vision for where you want to be, not just in the near-term, but well in to the future.

Finally, I want to emphasize that there is a reason I named my company Talent Achievement Group; we rely on your talent. Without that, we have nothing to work with. But we wholeheartedly believe that with our years of experience, we can help you maximize that talent, placing you in better positions with better organizations and help you find not just a rewarding job but build a fulfilling career.