You’re staring at your computer and have no idea how to start writing your home health aide resume. Don’t worry! This article will walk you through how to write the perfect home health aide resume. You can start from scratch or use a resume template. However, using a resume template from the internet or from your word processing program is recommended. Finding a sharp looking template will put your mind at ease; you’ll already have the layout, so you’ll just need to fill in the details! A good template for your home health aide resume should include: a heading, an objective, experience, education/training, and references (optional).
Before you start writing your home health aide resume, take a moment to digest this piece of advice: You must customize your home health aide resume to your potential employer. If an employer receives what looks like a generic resume, they won’t even look twice. So before you begin to add your details, consider how you will customize your information to match the employers’ specific requests in their home health aide advertisement.
If you have worked as a home health aide before or have just completed home health aide training, then you are aware of what skills are needed to be a great HHA. Write down all the home health aide related skills you have and rank them, starting with the strongest. Then, comb through the employer’s job posting and the company website. Focus your research on pages about the company, the services they provide and their mission statement. Make sure that it comes across in your resume that you have all the qualities they are looking for in an HHA. Your home health aide resume should also give potential employers the strong impression that you will fit in well with their company, their mission, and their services. Think about how your strongest abilities, training, and work experience will benefit the company and highlight all of these as you write your resume.
Now, let’s examine each section of an outstanding home health aide resume.
The Heading. This will include your name, address, phone number(s) and email address. Make it clear how employers can get in touch with you. Make sure your email address is professional. (Employers won’t be impressed if your email is firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Objective. Your home health aide resume must begin with a clearly stated objective. Please don’t write: “I need a home health aide job.” This is your first chance to show the employer how much you know about being a great home health aide. A great objective will say something like, “To obtain a Home Health Aide position in order to effectively utilize my homecare service skills and my compassionate nature; to help maximize the comfort and wellness of clients under my care.”
Experience. List all work experience related to home health care, starting with your most recent job. Each job listing should include the name of your employer, your job title, how long you worked at that job, and what your primary duties were. If you don’t have a lot of relevant experience, that’s okay. You can list jobs that aren’t related to home health care. Just be sure to list job responsibilities in a way that make them somewhat relevant. For example, if you were a waiter before you were a home health aide, you might focus on how your abilities to multi-task and provide service to others made you an excellent waiter.
Education and Training. Like work experience, you could list your education and training in reversechronological order. However, it is better to put any home health aide training or education at the top of the list, as this is most relevant. Include when and where you received the education or training and what certifications or diplomas you were awarded.
References. Many choose not to put references on their resume, as it means listing the contact information of third parties. If the home health aide job posting specifically requests references, you can at least list names and job titles. Refrain from giving out your references’ contact information until the potential employer asks to contact them. This protects your references’ privacy and gives you time to contact them before the potential employer does.