At NP PA Recruiters, we know how challenging it can be to find the ideal candidate for a job. There are dozens of factors that come into play and understanding these different elements is essential to discovering the right person.
One of the most important factors is going to be the candidate’s resume. While you won’t be able to gauge every single aspect of the individual, a resume can provide you enough insight to help you make an informed decision about pushing them through the hiring process.
At NP PA Recruiters, our medical recruitment agents look for a number of key aspects on a resume in order to identify an exceptional candidate. These key items include:
1. Proof of Results
Resumes should highlight specific results and the way in which these outcomes benefited the previous company/medical clinic they worked for. But aside from just making a claim, candidates need to be able to provide proof. This can include documentation, portfolios, or data points of the actual projects they helped to handle.
Hiring managers should be looking for quantifiable success and not just a bunch of false accomplishments that have no real basis.
2. Clear & Concise Relevancy
This is common sense but should factor in nonetheless; a candidate needs to have clear and relevant work experience for the position they are applying for. This should include skills, education, and general abilities that fit the job description and preferred qualifications. A resume should clearly state these points in a concise manner.
3. Length of Employment
This number can vary depending on the circumstances but the length of employment at the previous job should be at least 2+ years. Of course, the longer the amount spent in a particular job, the better. This shows dedication and willingness to help the company grow.
4. Generic Resumes Are a No-Go
A candidate’s resume should not look like they’ve sent the same one out to a dozen clinics. It should highlight skills and experiences that are relevant to the role and that also play into the requirements of the job post. A quality candidate will take the time to customize their resume; this shows attention to detail and an actual interest in the job.
5. References Matter
References play an important role in the recruitment and hiring process, so candidates need to include quality ones. This also means current references and not a collection of names from individuals who they worked with over a decade ago.
6. A Professional Touch
We live in the digital age of text lingo, and unfortunately, this doesn’t bode well for many candidates. Simple grammar and spelling mistakes can highlight a candidate’s inattention to detail and really damage their reputation with the hiring manager right off the back.
Formatting is also vital as important skills and accomplishments may be hidden in hard to find places. When you consider that a hiring manager could potentially be looking through hundreds of resumes, meaningful information needs to be front and center where it can be found exceptionally easy.
7. Evaluating for Growth
A resume should highlight a candidate’s growth in their current/most recent position. Did they move from a lower-rung position to becoming a supervisor or director of some sort? Information that shows growth can show that the candidate is willing and able to take on new challenges.
8. Find the Remarkable
Yes, experience, education, and skill are all vital points to include in a resume and can really showcase a candidate’s abilities. But a remarkable candidate will help paint a clearer picture of their abilities and personality. Did they include information about accomplishments that aren’t work-related but still shows their dedication to reaching their goals? An exceptional candidate may try to tie in general life accomplishments with their work – which isn’t always a bad thing.
Are you in need of the ideal nurse practitioner or physician assistant? NP PA Recruiters can help you to find the right candidate today!
Contact NP PA Recruiters at 956-772-1400 or 214-351-3880 to start your search for the medical professional that will provide exceptional care to your patients and help you to grow your clinic.