Blog

Personally Written Resumes Bring More “Thumbs Up” Results

Research has shown that a resume written by the jobseeker can significantly increase his or her chances of “standing out” in their search for a new position. The candidate can incorporate appropriate industry terminology and relevant information that will help potential employers differentiate them from other applicants.

Employers are increasingly using technological innovations (including search word optimization and interviewing by impersonal, “robo-interview” follow-ups via the internet) to weed out candidates.

That’s why it is so important that the jobseeker uses the right words with exact, relevant information in their resume to get past initial screenings and capture the reader’s attention which is why I encourage candidates to draft their own resumes and discourage them from working with professional resume services.

While these services are useful in certain instances, they often do not fully understand the industry lingo and nuances – I’ve found that to be especially true with the business, clinical and administrative terms used in healthcare and philanthropy.

Clearly articulating the jobseeker’s individual skill set, with input from a search professional who understands and has hands-on experience within an industry, is key to producing a resume that will elicit a “thumbs up” result.

One more tip for a resume that will generate a “thumbs up” – visually scan the resume for 15 seconds. Resume reviewers make clear decisions within the first 15-30 seconds if they have an interest in moving forward in assessing and learning more about a potential candidate.

Presentation counts – a lot. There’s only one chance to make a favorable first impression!




My Thoughts about Change

The last few months have been terrible affirmation that change is inevitable. We all need to deal with the new normal – where the only unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.

Either we adapt to change, or we get left behind. COVID-19 has forced us all to change the way we do things. Not much looks the same as it did pre-pandemic.

We socialize remotely. We educate our kids at home. We shop online. Doctor appointments are now telehealth visits.

Everything has changed. Changed utterly.

And, of course, we are working differently. Many of us have bid farewell to long commutes, replaced by a stroll down the hallway to our home office, if we are lucky enough to have one. Or hiding from our kids with a laptop in the basement. Whatever works.

Read MoreMy Thoughts about Change

“No Ask” – Not So Simple

I had the opportunity to talk with a Medical Center’s Director of Corporate Compliance about “No Ask”. Healthcare organizations have on-staff HR professionals who keep close track of “No Ask” developments – and what’s necessary to be in compliance.

I just want to share my thoughts, starting with some background information.

For many years, the federal government and most states have prohibited employers from discriminating on the basis of gender in the payment of wages. Those prohibitions are usually referred to as “Pay Equity” or “Equal Pay” laws.

Read more: “No Ask” – Not So Simple

Leadership Traits of Successful Healthcare Executives

I recently met with a Health System HR Director and we talked about effective leadership. We agreed that successful leaders in any industry strategize and plan ahead, motivate their people to accept and buy into needed change, and initiate the steps to achieve it.

We also discussed the unique combination of core competencies that healthcare industry leaders possess. Here’s what I came away with from our conversation.

Read more: Leadership Traits of Successful Healthcare Executives

Recent Articles

  • Leadership Traits of Successful Healthcare Executives +

    I recently met with a Health System HR Director and we talked about effective leadership. We agreed that successful leaders Read More
  • “No Ask” – Not So Simple +

    I had the opportunity to talk with a Medical Center’s Director of Corporate Compliance about “No Ask”. Healthcare organizations have Read More
  • My Thoughts about Change +

    The last few months have been terrible affirmation that change is inevitable. We all need to deal with the new Read More
  • Personally Written Resumes Bring More “Thumbs Up” Results +

    Research has shown that a resume written by the jobseeker can significantly increase his or her chances of “standing out” Read More
  • 1

Twitter Feed