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Resumes 101

Kevin McMullanHealth Professional Recruiter New Mexico Health Resourceskevin.mcmullan@nmhr.org505-260-0993/

1New Mexico Health Resources, Inc.501 (c)3 non-profit private New Mexico corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors from throughout New Mexicoprimary focus is recruitment and retention of health care professionals to New Mexico, especially rural and underserved areasemphasis on primary care physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, and physicians assistants

2What New Mexico Health Resources Doescandidate describes to NMHR what you are looking for in a practice (specialty, community based, locations eligible for loan repayment, community size and geographic preference, etc.) so that a profile is developed NMHR matches via computer database what you are looking for with practices and clinics across the state looking for what you can offer themrequires a resume or CV provided to NMHR

3What New Mexico Health Resources Doesreferral of your resume to a matched employers hiring contacthelp with what employers are looking forresume preparation and assistanceinterview and employment contract supportstate/federal loan programs and tax credits informationanything else that may be of aid to you4Todays PresentationTell you about the difference between resumes and CVs and why most of you may be writing resumesCover what needs and what does not need to be in a resumeGive you some rules, red flags and tips in writing themAn example of a well written resumeAn offer to you about your resume

5DefinitionsResume Used for everything ,but academic positionsLength rule- two pages is preferred.Number of readers may be limited so focus on content for those readers.Emphasis on clinical skills, activities, and flexibility.Curriculum Vitae (CV)Used for academic positions and grantsLength rule-the more the better, but any length is acceptable.Focused on a wide audience of potential readers.Emphasis is publications research activities, and awards.

6Curriculum VitaeCV stands for "curriculum vitae." Curriculum vitae is a Latin expression which can be loosely translated as [the] course of [my] life.

7Cover letter for a resumeThe cover letter should be three paragraphs max and should be personalized for a particular job. A simple and more concise letter is preferred.You need an introductory paragraph tailored for the position that says who you are and what you are looking for. The second paragraph should state why you are interested in that particular position and what you know about it. Show some passion in this paragraph . This is the "I love medicine" statement. The third paragraph is the ask for an interview paragraph.

8Rule #1-Resumes are sales documentsNo rule that says you cannot have more than one version of your resume.Write different resumes for different organizations. Their needs differ. RESEARCH THE ORGANIZATION.Resumes are sales documents (selling you and what you can bring to an organization or practice ).Resumes are infomercials or a personal branding document about you.Resumes tells the employer why you would make the organization or practice that much better(whats in it for them).

9Resume(s) Q. -Why do you write resume(s)?


This is the first impression contact with the employer so it has to be perfect in every respect.

Assembling a resume is an exercise in precision with very imprecise boundaries and rules.10Resume(s)There is no set formula, no absolute guide, no strict set of rules to tell you what the structure and content of a resume. However, adhering to what employers generally want to know within the presented guidelines that follow will likely draw positive attention to your resume.11Answer These Resume(s) Questions What is going to be different with your two pages that is going to separate you from all of the others who may be applying for a position?What stands out from all of the other vanilla resumes that a hiring authority may see that will make that authority want more information about you ? How can you package your education, experience, and credentials in two pages?12Resume(s) TypesChronological-a listing of education and work history with the most recent experience listed first. Employers typically prefer this type of resume with most current accomplishments listed first.Functional- a focus on skills and experience, rather than on chronological work history. Often used by people who are changing careers or who have gaps in their employment history.

13Resume(s) TypesCombination- a combination resume lists your skills and experience first. Your employment history is listed next. With this type of resume, highlight the skills that are relevant to the job and also provide the chronological work history that employers prefer.Targeted-a targeted resume is a resume that is customized so that it specifically highlights the experience and skills relevant to the job.

14What Do Employers Do with Resumes?Resumes are used by employers to eliminate candidates.There are usually three stacks of resumes for any job-the for sure interview stack, the maybe stack and the no stack. Often a reader will give your resume a thirty second look over. You will have to make that thirty second cut. Dont give them a reason to eliminate you and get into the maybe and no stacks. The resume needs to be perfect.15Chronological Resume SectionsContact informationProfessional objective (semi-optional)Education (if finishing residency or fellowship)Previous or current employment(if already working , then comes before education)Licensure/certificationsResearch experiencePublications/PresentationsVolunteer experience (optional)Awards/honorsProfessional memberships (optional)Languages Personal (if there is space to do so)References (semi-optional)

16Rule #2-there are no rulesThere is no rule that says every previous job, every work experience, every rotation, every whatever has to be included in your resume . BUT a resume should not have time gaps.Cover letter is the place to explain time gaps.

17Resume Sections-Contact Information Jane Doe, M.D. (MAKE SURE M.D. or D.O. IS NOTED)123 Anywhere Street (SPELL OUT) Roswell, New Mexico (NO ABBREVIATIONS)575.444.1234 (CELL,HOME ,OR OFFICE)

(information to recruiters (not on the resume)of when, where , and how you prefer to be contacted-pagers, cell, home numbers, e-mail etc.). Sometimes your search is confidential and that needs to be made known in the cover letter or with the recruiter). Dont write phone in front of the phone number, or e-mail in front of an e-mail address.

18Resume Sections-Professional Objective

Optional section two to four short sentences about career goals, and what professional experience and abilities you have.If you are certain (or partially certain) of what you are looking for, then do add this section. (May eliminate some employers).MUST have some key performance/action words in the text.Brevity, personalization and passion in two to four sentences is the desired content.Give the reader a reason to read further.

19Professional Objective Example

Graduating family medicine resident with extensive experience working with underserved and minority populations. Special interests in preventive care and obstetrics. Clinical acumen and leadership skills developed in a rigorous community-based residency. Seeking a position to provide innovative, team-based, comprehensive care. 20Resume Sections-EducationStart with fellowship and work backwards to undergraduate school. List the program, affiliation(if any), location and year of completion.Residents should have the year the program began and the anticipated date of completion.Avoid to present in any date segment.2122

What is good and not so good in these examples? GoodGreat format /good fontEasy to read with lots of spaceCombines honors with education (saves space)

Not So GoodReverses the desired chronologyAbbreviationsMaybe too much detail- Completed full year internshipMaybe not enough -> cover letter2001 - present.

23Rule #3- PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS No spelling errors or grammatical errors. Have two people proof before it goes anywhere. Go beyond spell check software. Read it backwards.Summa cum laude is not Summa cumme laude.In most cases, abbreviations are to not be found anywhere in a resume except in the first line of the contact information after your name and in the publications section. RESUMES ARE FORMAL DOCUMENTS.Spell out everything else.

24Resume Sections-EmploymentIn chronological order, communicate to the reader information about work that you may have done in the recent past (locums/moonlighting maybe?) or any work that is relevant to the practice of medicine or to the job you want. Briefly write what you did.If possible, communicate results within the context of responsibilities or duties if space allows. Employment gaps are acceptable, but be prepared to answer what they were and why.25Resume Sections-Employment Examples26

Senior Research Technician University of New Mexico Department of Pathology, February 2001 June 2005Used various molecular biology techniques in the study of hantavirus. Supervised and managed student workers.United States Army National Guard, OklahomaMedical Section LeaderResponsible for the inventory, organization, ordering and maintenance of medical equipment and devised statewide recognized innovative training programs for medical personnel.Licensure/CertificationsDo add any state licenses (even pending applications) and your DEA approved certification.DO NOT put your license or DEA number in the resume.Spell out and list any ATLS,