Keeping your resume updated can be tricky when you're a traveler. Use these tips to showcase your talent and get the most out of your experience. Don't work for that resume; make that resume work for you!
Tips to Maintain Your Resume
Clean it up.
Start at the bottom of your job list. Get rid of any position older than 15 years. No one is really interested in your internships or entry-level positions, unless you’re still starting out fresh, so get rid of old internships, college awards, scholarships, memberships, licenses and outdated skills. If you think there are still valuable things to keep from your older experiences, keep it and list it as additional experience.
Summarize your header.
Your header is the first thing a recruiter sees. And since your space is limited, this is the place to tie it all up and make everything clear. Stick to your name, email, phone number and credential initials.
Punch up your objectives.
This is where you sell yourself. Create an objectives section that really points out your skills. Try including things like years of healthcare experience, years of travel experience and flex shift consideration.
...But don’t get wordy.
Stand out, but don’t elaborate too much. Showcase your skills with delving into a speech. It’s a lot to accomplish in one setting! If you stick to bullet points and key phrases that get your point across concisely, you can nail it. Getting too wordy on your resume makes it seem daunting for someone to look over.
Include state licenses and certifications.
Save your recruiter (and yourself) time by listing your state licenses and certifications. You never know if there will be changes to state license requirements, and having them on hand will help clarify where you can work now, and where you’re open to traveling to.
Write it down.
We mean, right away. As your accomplishments happen, it can be hard to remember certain wins. Some victories may seem too small for your resume, but jot them down anyway, at least as notes for your next assignment or interview. Each company is looking for their own specific candidates and you never know what could be your niche or set you apart.
Include both agencies and hospitals.
When you’re a traveler, you could be working for an agency, but at a healthcare facility or hospital. Include both for clarity on each contract.
Don’t say: “references upon request.”
References are a part of any travelers resume musts. Putting “references upon request” will only create more work for recruiters; they’ll want to contact your references anyway. So, save the time and list them. Also be sure to give your references a heads up about any calls that may be coming to them.
Keep online accounts updated.
When it’s all said and done, you’re not keeping current until all forms of your resume are updated. Don’t forget about your online profiles. LinkedIn accounts or websites with your posted resume will need to reflect any changes you’ve made. An outdated online resume means you aren’t getting recognized for your awesome accomplishments.
Start some self-evaluation.
Spend time reflecting on your job performance, either quarterly or monthly. Jot down accomplishments and projects, and note any changes in responsibilities.
Use your resume for more.
Resumes aren’t just for job interviews. If you’re staying on an assignment for longer term, you can use this info in performance reviews to negotiate promotions or a raise.
Remember that if you're transitioning from travel to something a little more permanent, these tips can apply to that job as well. And if you want to know more about how traveling can help your career, check out our free eBook. Wherever you are and whatever step you want to take next, an updated resume is a good tool to have in your corner.