One of the best ways to stand out in an interview is to have a resume ready for your potential client. Because of the type of work that caregiving is, many professional senior caregivers do not have a resume which is a distinct advantage for you. That means when you show up to an interview with a polished resume of your experience in your hand you will stand out in to your interviewer.
The 5 Essential Parts of Your Resume
1. Resume Header
The header of your resume is where you write all your contact information including your name, address, telephone number, and email. It is important that your information is spelled correctly and up to date.
Tip: If you have resumes with your telephone number on them be sure to clear your voicemail box so that potential clients can always leave a message.
2. Professional Summary
This is where you get to tell the potential client about yourself. It is common to write this, as well as the rest of your resume, in the third person. The typical length of this short bio is between 2 – 3 sentences.
Tip: Be concise and strategic here. Use keywords such as compassionate, dedicated, motivated, punctual, reliable, etc.
Now you get the opportunity to brag about your job history. You can include job history whether it was from a legitimate employer, such as a senior care agency, or a private client of yours. Make sure that you include dates of employment, your job title, and a summary of your duties.
Tip: Only list relevant work here. If you can avoid it do not add retail or restaurant experience, as it will just clutter your resume.
4. Certifications & Training
If you have any certifications or senior care specific training, be sure to list it here. Your certifications can be anything from a C.N.A license to your C.P.R. certification. This information will be incredibly important to a potential client so that they can see what training you have relative to their loved one’s needs.
Tip: Don’t have any senior care training? Sign up through our educational portal to get certified in some of the most requested senior care topics.
This is where you would list any college degrees that you have obtained. Don’t have a college degree? Don’t worry about it. Putting your high school diploma in this section is perfectly acceptable.
Tip: Make sure to specify your major, minor, and any relevant coursework that you completed. If you are putting your high school diploma here, simply elaborate on relevant coursework like home economics or anatomy.
Use our template as a guide.
If you are uncertain about what to put on your resume, simply download our template. Replace the information with your own and you will be all set with a perfectly formatted resume!
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