Writing an aged care resume, like many industry specific resumes, has certain must haves and things you would be better off leaving out. Employers know what they want and often set the standards high, looking for the perfect candidate. Odds are, this perfect candidate does not exist but you should learn how to make a resume that highlights your skills and makes you seem fantastic in a way the employer hasn’t thought of.
Start with the basics: education and your professional experience. List the relevant courses you have taken. Do you have a degree? A masters? Relevant training? List them along with the dates of completion. Then list the jobs you’ve had, but if you stocked shelves at IGA 30 years ago and you are applying to be a Facility Manager, you can leave that off. Its best to add all of the jobs relevant to your field and achievements that you’ve made. If you are thinking of a career change, add relevant, transferable skills, why would this positon make you ideal for the one you are applying for?
When applying for a more senior position, focus on your achievements in past roles. Your future employer will likely already understand what your previous role entailed simply by the title of your role so there is no need to write a paragraph detailing all the responsibilities that are assumed. You can always add a skills section at the bottom to highlight key skills such as knowledge of ACFI, clinical experience, accounting, etc. If you took on responsibilities beyond your role, you can add them. Listing your achievements shows initiative and problem solving abilities, it shows that hiring you makes a difference.
If you went through several positions in one work space, include the total period of time you spent at the institution, don’t break it up. Future employers will often scan a resume and at a first glance, it could appear as being uncommitted if they see multiple shorter-term roles. Employers like to see consistency.
Always include skills that make you unique. If you speak any other languages or have experience with specific cultures, include that. many facilities have a particular ethnic group they cater to and value cultural background and the ability to relate to residents. Experience in relevant computer systems is also an asset, teaching someone a new system takes time so if you already know how to use it, say so.
Other tips to consider:
- Don’t bother with the objective statement. We can gather your goals from the fact that you applied and it will probably come up in any interview.
- Don’t make it too long. People are busy, don’t make them sit down and read pages on pages about you because they probably won’t. Seeing too much text is off-putting and can cause you to be disregarded. Its best to stick to bullet points.
- Avoid using first person.
- List your most current position first.
If submitting to a recruitment agency such as ourselves, we need to know your visa status in order to place you into a position that you are legally entitled to work.