1.Include relevant medical work and volunteering
This seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how often MA’s just forgo putting previous medical work on their résumés. When hiring a worker, the two biggest factors in an employer’s decision are “how much do we need to train this person?” and “can they handle the work?” Posting your experience is the best way to answer those questions for an employer. Be sure to include key skills, to create a better picture of your work experience. Some things employers like to see in Medical Assistant applicants are: taking heart rate and blood pressure, reading EKGs, accessing Electronic Medical Records programs, assisting doctors with patient exams, and performing common lab tests.
2.Include relevant clerical or administrative work
This tip may be a little less obvious, but it is still a very attractive entry to have on your résumé. A large part of your responsibilities as a Medical Assistant are going to be things like filing, billing and working busy phone lines, all while managing the office and making sure patients are taken care of. If you can show your employer that you have experience and training in those fields, it can give you the edge up on some other candidates. An employer will always appreciate a person with a strong résumé geared towards Medical Assisting. However demonstrating that you can perform those Medical Assisting responsibilities, along with the other day to day tasks of the office or clinic, makes the employer’s decision a lot easier.
3.Highlight the personality traits employers like to see
Consider the organization you are applying to, and try to gear your résumé towards them. For example, if you are applying to a small doctor’s clinic, mention that you can work well without a lot of supervision, and are consistently on time and organized. If you are applying to a medium sized clinic or hospital, let them know that you work well with any kind of team, and that you thrive in a chaotic environment. Simply try to showcase the best aspects of your personality that apply to the job at hand. Whether or not the employer trusts your self-assessment, it at least shows that you are positive and optimistic about yourself. But more importantly, it shows that you’ve done your research, and you understand what this job will expect of you.
4.Explain the reason you want to work there
What do you like about the organization you are applying to? Tell them! People love getting compliments. I promise. Explaining your motivation for applying also shows that you are willing to work harder and treat your job well, since it is something that you will appreciate. And finally, it shows that you’ve done your homework, and that you’ve taken the time to learn a bit about them. That little bit of information demonstrates your initiative and makes your résumé more personal, which will bring you to the top of the stack.
5.Get the right school
This is probably the most important part of your Medical Assistant resume. Recruiters reportedly spent an average of six seconds looking at one resume. While the hospital or clinic you’re applying to may spend more time than that, they aren’t likely to spend a lot of time doing research about the quality of any one school. Getting your certificate from an accredited school is a reliable indicator of quality that is recognized by employers and schools nationwide. Before you enroll in a Medical Assisting program, make sure it is accredited.
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* Programs vary by location
** Bakersfield campus is currently not accredited