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What You Should and Should Not Include in Your Resume

What You Should and Should Not Include in Your Resume

by Feliz Kemp, Senior Healthcare IT Recruiter

If you are a consultant who works for multiple employers each year, you may be asking yourself what you should and should not include in your resume. Most importantly, how do you highlight 20 years of experience in one – two pages and still stand out to recruiters?

Recruiters review hundreds of resumes a week. In fact, the average time a recruiter will spend on each resume is six seconds! Here are some tips from a recruiter on what you should and should not include on your resume to get noticed.

Do Include:
Contact information – Make it easy for them to contact you
Summary of experience – Four to six sentences to grab the reader’s attention and showcase your experience
Bullet points – List consulting experience as resume bullets, this works well if you have a long list of jobs to include in your resume
Time worked – Provide the month and year you worked at each job
All relevant experience – Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for
All credentials, certifications and skills
Education

Do Not Include:
Redundancy – If you have done the same job for multiple companies, you should list each job as a bullet point and explain your job duties in one summary
Experience you do not have or jobs you have not worked
Stylized fonts
Misspellings and typos-especially company names, or industry specific jargon
Copy/paste straight from the internet or from another person’s resume
Unprofessional email addresses
Hobbies

Sample Resume

Betty Smith, RN
betty.smith@gmail.com Contact Information
123.456.7891

Summary
4-6 Sentences that are well written, summarize your experience, and can grab the attention of a recruiter.
Include experience that supports job descriptions provided in the next section!

Professional Experience
You can add bullet points to your consulting experience but be sure you do not have redundant bullet points. Tip: Long term projects should include bullet points describing job duties (no more than 4). Short term projects (lasting one month) can include a comprehensive summary of experience for all short contract positions instead of bullet points.
Title, Name of Facility, Month, Year (example: Epic ATE Cadence/Prelude, General Hospital, April 2019)



Title, Name of Facility, Month, Year



Additional Consulting Experience:
• Title, Name of Facility, Month, Year Title, Name of Facility, Month, Year
• Title, Name of Facility, Month, Year Title, Name of Facility, Month, Year
• Title, Name of Facility, Month, Year Title, Name of Facility, Month, Year

Credentials/Certifications (list all applicable credentials and certifications)
Skills
Education (if you are adding your high school you may not want to list the year of graduation

Best of luck to you on creating your resume masterpiece! Did you find this blog helpful? Send me a copy of your resume at feliz.kemp@divurgent.com.

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