With the holidays almost here, it’s time to make your list of recent career accomplishments. Be sure to check it twice because that’s one way for the healthcare recruiter to tell if you’ve been naughty or nice! Unlike Santa, who bestows gifts on everyone, a healthcare recruiter will schedule interviews with only a few of the most promising job candidates.
To be sure you make that “short list,” you need to have a strong cover letter and resume that clearly indicates what you can bring to the table. Therefore you should be able to highlight your recent personal and professional accomplishments in a way that “connects the dots” between you and the open position. So, the first thing you should do is brainstorm, writing down as many accomplishments as you can. For example, “I provided quality nursing care to more than 200 patients a month on my floor,” or “Met or exceeded all productivity standards in my laboratory department.” And don’t forget to include your off-the-job achievements, such as earning a new certification or being named to a leadership role in a volunteer organization.
Once you have compiled your list, see if any of these achievements can be measured. After all, it’s better to say, “I reduced operational expenses in my program by 20 percent last year,” than “I saved the organization a lot of money.” Next, go over your list again, perhaps with a family member or friend who can provide another viewpoint. Pick out the two, three or four most significant accomplishments, and then see how you can frame those accomplishments so they match the criteria for the available position.
If the position is for a “project manager,” you could emphasize your track record for building project teams and achieving desired objectives. If “deliver high quality care” is a key requirement, then you would highlight your achievements relating to quality. So, take a few minutes to prepare your list before sending out that application letter. It can make a big difference in gaining that desired position!