1) Always keep your resume short, never more than 2 pages. The purpose of a resume is like bait you use to catch a fish. It is not to tell your life story. You can do that when you interview face to face.
2) Write an objective for the job for which you are interviewing and skip the personal agenda i.e. how loyal, hard working, smart you are.
3) A summary is fine if very short and to the point. An example would be – Experienced Cerner Millennium System Analyst with hands on experience implementing PharmNet and RadNet clinical applications.
4) Keep your format basic. Boxes, lines, shading, unusual borders etc are fluff and confuse. Always keep your resume simple and easy to read.
5) Include your cell phone number and email address. You must make it as easy as possible for an employer to get in touch with you.
6) Highlight clinical designations after your name such as RN, MSN, ASCP, RPh, MD etc. Employers love clinical people.
7) Include the complete name and spell it correctly for each vendor system you have worked with such as Cerner Millennium, McKesson Horizon, Meditech Client Server, Eclipsys Sunrise etc.
8) Include the complete name of every financial or clinical application you have implemented or supported such as PharmNet, CareNet, EpicCare, Resolute etc.
9) Mentioning the number of systems you have installed and the facilities you installed them at is a plus. Often potential employers have their systems at some of those sites and this may provide some common ground.
10) Come up with at least one accomplishment at every HIS job you’ve had but try to limit the accomplishments to 5 or less.
11) Review what you have written and cut out any unnecessary fluff such as high school, girls or boys soccer coach, member of your condo association, Garden Club member etc.
12) Always keep your resume simple and remember to concentrate on what you bring to the table from a HIS, clinical, or supervisory perspective. Your goal is to catch the employer’s attention with the intention of securing a face to face interview.
13) Always ‘Spell check’ what you’ve written!
1) Always dress for success! Even if you do not normally dress up at your current job or even if you know the company you will interview with dresses casually, dress for success. Men should wear a dark suit, white or blue plain shirt and a tie. Women should wear a pantsuit or dress and never dress provocatively.
2) Practice a strong handshake and an enthusiastic greeting such as “Pleased to meet you ______. I’ve been looking forward to telling you about myself and finding out more about the opportunity at your company”.
3) Answer questions completely and not with yes or no. Elaborate on which vendor systems and applications you have “hands on” implementation and training experience.
4) Try not to be negative about past employers or anything else.
5) Be positive about the skills and experiences you bring to the table. Try to show the people you are interviewing with why hiring you will benefit their company.
6) Ask good questions to show your interest. Find out about the job, growth potential and the company. Never leave an interview without getting a gut feeling about whether this is a job you want, these are the kind of people you’d enjoy being around as part of a team, and this is an organization that matches your ethics and growth potential.
7) Often different people will interview you. Never take it for granted that one person told another about you. Sell yourself to each person by letting him or her know what you bring to the table.
8) Always leave an interview knowing you have presented a strong picture of what you have done, what you can bring to the job, and how you can benefit the organization.
9) Thank the interviewer before leaving. If this is the job you want, show your interest and ask for it. An example would be “ Thank you _____ for speaking with me today. I really want this job. I think I’m highly qualified and would be a real asset to your organization. Is there anything else that I can provide to help you make your decision?”
10) Immediately email a thank you note to each interviewer. Again reiterate your desire for the job and why you would be a good fit.