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Resume Tips

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UnityPoint Health - Meriter Careers

Your application, resume and cover letter are the first impression we will have of your abilities so use this opportunity to wow us. This article provides tips, tricks and best practices for creating your resume.

Resumes are used to provide employers a summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments and how they relate to the position you are applying for. Your resume will be reviewed by the Recruitment Team as well as Hiring Managers to determine how your skills align with the position and may contribute to the organization.  

Below are items to consider when creating your resume:   

Identify yourself – we want to know who the resume belongs to and how we can contact you. Include at the top of your resume: full name, current address, current phone number and current email address.

Easy to read – create sections within your resume such as education, work/professional experience, and if applicable volunteer experience and professional associations. Within each section, list applicable information in chronological order. Use bullets to list job responsibilities/accomplishments.    

Optional information – objective, activities and references are not required for your resume. If including an objective, it should be specific to the position you are applying to and will need to be updated for each position applied to. Include activities and associations related to the position you are applying to. References do not need to be included on your resume, unless specifically stated in the job posting.

Resume format – a resume should be one page in length, one at most. White space is OK. All margins should be one inch and no more than one different fonts throughout the resume. In addition, a resume should never be handwritten or include personal information (ex: photo, political or religious affiliations).

Proofread – this is a critical step in the application process! Be sure to proofread your resume to ensure accuracy; use proper grammar, punctuation and capitalization. You DO NOT want to submit a resume that has errors. Once you have completed proofreading, share with other individuals to review. Others may be able to spot errors or provide helpful recommendations.    

Final thoughts – use action words to describe your responsibilities; include enough detail for the reader to completely understand the skills and experience you have to offer. Use past tense when referring to previous position responsibilities (ex: conducted, assisted) and present tense for current employment (ex: conduct, assist). Never use "I" or "me" on your resume.  

Frequently Asked Questions  

Q: Do I need to include a resume if I have completed the required application document? 

A: A resume is a way to include more detailed information than a job application may allow. Including a resume with the application could mean the difference between you and another candidate moving forward. Verify information matches between your resume and application.    

Q: Do I need to include all my work/professional experience on my resume or only the experience relevant to the position I am applying for?    

A: Including all work/professional experience will prevent those reviewing your resume from questioning why there are gaps in your employment. It will also show the length of time you stay with an employer.


Consider your contact information when submitting your application – have you recently moved, changed phone numbers or email addresses? Moving forward in the interview process means we will need to connect with you; if we do not have accurate contact information, we cannot contact you.    

Check your voicemail and email often – hiring is a time-sensitive process. We want to be respectful of your time and the Recruitment Teams' time. If we are trying to connect with you and are unable to leave a message because your voicemail box is full, it will delay the process. If you don't respond to messages, it will delay the process and you may lose the opportunity to interview.     

Read the job posting and job description – consider the work schedule, pay scale, education and skill requirements. If the information posted on the job posting does not match what you are looking for, perhaps there is another position you want to consider. Frustration with work schedule and wages can lead to repeating the job hunt sooner than you'd like because you are dissatisfied with your job. Similarly, if the job description notes a primary responsibility is venipuncture and you hate needles, perhaps there is another position that is a better fit.   

Resume and cover letter templates – an internet search will result in a variety of templates for these documents. Review and determine which template is the best for your experience and style.  

Remember, you got this you know. Your background and experience better than anyone!

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