The experience and knowledge you acquire in medical assisting classes at American Institute should be added to your resume while you are still in the program. It is important to understand that throughout your career you will be building upon new skill sets and keeping your resume current. Many new graduates worry their resume will come up short. By following this format, your resume will be scannable and informative to potential employers, which may help you get your foot in the door.
Contact information – Make sure to include your name, address, cell phone and home phone numbers, and email address.
Profile – Brief synopsis of your experience and what type of position you’re looking for. This can be an overview, objectives, or profile section.
Skills – Use a bullet list to include the skills you’ve acquired in classes and during an internship. You can also include soft skills (attention to detail, interpersonal skills, and organizational skills, etc.) here.
Education and Certifications – Include the name of the program, school, and date of completion of your American Institute training as well as any additional certifications you have earned in the field, like CMA, CCMA, or RMA.
Experience – In reverse chronological order (starting with the most recent first), outline your professional and work experience. The medical assistant program includes a clinical externship which is completed in an outside medical facility; you will want to include this to show you’ve already been working with patients directly.
Volunteer Experience – If you’ve volunteered with a professional association or for any health-related organization, include it to show potential employers you are passionate about health care and the wellness of others.
Memberships – Membership in a professional association shows employers you are committed to your career.
Some final tips
- Make sure to use action words to illustrate the difference you have made in previous positions. Avoid using the phrase “responsible for,” and instead try to use strong verbs, such as “executed, organized, and coordinated.”
- Bullet lines are easier to read and scan. You can use full sentences or abbreviated sentence fragments, as long as the style is consistent.
- Proofread your resume and have someone proofread it for you. It must be error-free!
- Keep your resume up-to-date. Never send one with old information on it.
- Go for concise and try to limit your resume to one page; however, if you’ve had work and leadership experience outside of medical assisting, make sure to include it.
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