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Top 5 Tips for Graduate Health Professionals When Writing a Resume 

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Graduating as a health professional is an exciting milestone in your professional career. The first important step is to craft a compelling resume that showcases your skills, qualifications, and enthusiasm. Here are our top five tips to help you create a standout resume!

1. Detail your career objective at the top of your resume

Having a career objective at the top of your resume is a fantastic way to introduce yourself, your key skills and attributes, and your overarching professional goal. Pay close attention to the job description in the advert and the keywords used and include these in your career objective to ensure your resume is orientated to the specific position. A career objective is also a great way to self-assess if a role aligns with the next step in your career.  

2. Highlight all relevant education and qualifications 

Your educational background is crucial, especially as a recent graduate. Clearly list your degrees, certifications, and any relevant coursework. Include the institution names, dates of attendance, and any honors or distinctions received. If you have completed any specialised training, workshops, or relevant online courses, make sure to mention those as well. 

3. Showcase your clinical experience 

Clinical placements and internships are integral parts of your training and provide practical insights into your capabilities. Detail the various placements you’ve completed including the type of facility, your role, the length of the placement, and the key responsibilities and skills you acquired. List these in reverse chronological order, so your most recent placement is first.  

4. Demonstrate your transferable skills 

Skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and time management are highly valued in health professionals. These are all transferable skills that you will have developed through your education, placements and previous employment. When describing your skills, give examples as to how you have demonstrated them in previous job duties and responsibilities, even if they were not healthcare related.  This will encourage prospective employers to visualise how you may perform in the role. Volunteer work and extracurricular activities are also fantastic ways to highlight transferrable skills on your resume.  Whether you volunteered for a charity organisation, were involved in student organisations, or coached a sports team, these experiences reflect your commitment and proactive attitude.   

5. Ensure your resume format and presentation is professional 

A well-structured and neatly formatted resume makes a great first impression. Use a clean, professional layout with clear headings and bullet points to organize information. Keep your resume concise—ideally one to two pages—focusing on the most relevant and recent experiences. Use a professional font and maintain consistent formatting throughout. 

Your resume is your personal marketing tool—make it reflect your best self and open doors to exciting career opportunities in healthcare. If you would like to hear about our current graduate opportunities, MediRecruit offers free consultations! All communication remains in confidence and our resume is never sent to a third party without your permission. Please contact us for a confidential discussion today!

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