How health and medicine job seekers can use keywords to enhance their chances

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It’s important to realise how important it is to use relevant keywords on your online CV’s, resumes and profiles such as LinkedIn to increase your chances of being spotted by the right employers. This applies no matter what your sector is.

For example you should mention programs/ equipment/methods you use like a psychotherapist:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy
  • Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy
  • Hypno-psychotherapy

This will help recruiters who are looking for candidates with those specific attributes to fish you out from the crowd.

Don’t forget your previous roles such as for general practitioner:

  • Holding consultations in the surgery
  • Listening to patients and diagnosing and treating symptoms
  • Administrative and management duties
  • Keeping detailed records of all patients and treatments

While a physiotherapist would:

  • Developing treatment programmes
  • Rehabilitating ill patients
  • Writing case notes and reports
  • And more

Or a paramedic:

  • Resuscitating and stabilising patients
  • Administering drips, drugs and oxygen
  • Applying spinal and traction splints

You can look at job descriptions for guidelines, as those specific requirements would be what they are looking for.

Listing your qualifications is a must. For example a medical secretary could include:

  • Level 2 diploma in medical administration
  • Level 3 diploma for medical secretaries
  • Level 3 certificate in medical administration
  • Level 3 certificate in medical terminology

Similarly a nurse would write about any:

  • Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Degree or diploma in nursing
  • Specialist practitioner training in children’s nursing/ neonatal nursing/ district nursing/ mental health nursing

Use nouns not verbs where you can avoid them. Employers are looking for skills, degrees, job titles and names of products and software rather than searching directly for ‘assisted or contributed’.

Ceren Kardelen Sagir | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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