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2 Résumé Tips that Require You to Go the Extra Mile

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Writing your résumé can almost be as difficult as going on the job interview itself. After all, the résumé is the first impression a potential employer will ever get of you.

Here are two more tips for writing an effective résumé, courtesy of Nicole Fallon, assistant editor over at Business News Daily, and in this case, these tips will require you to go the extra mile:

1. Create a QR Code

Welcome to résumé writing of the 21st century. A QR code, Fallon writes, is a Quick Response Code or a Matrix Barcode. This tip is especially important if you are seeking some kind of a tech job, she adds. Basically, it links “your résumé.. to relevant portfolio documents or social profiles” and “is a unique way to demonstrate your coding skills.”

This tip may not apply specifically to you as a medical professional and the job you’re seeking. Or does it? Consider what one expert told her: “Even if the QR code only contains a link to the person's LinkedIn profile or phone number, it shows a comfort level [with] and knowledge of technology.”

Proficiency with technology is vitally important in securing a healthcare job. Linking to your Facebook profile, LinkedIn profile, Twitter account, et al, shows that you can use modern technology, and it might catch the employer’s eyes.

2. Leverage Your Failures

For anyone, but especially for medical professionals, talking about failures is a touchy area, particularly if it involves “the things you did wrong at your last job,” Fallon writes.

But you may want to include these failures on a résumé, another expert told her: “Employers want to see that you've tried, failed and learned from your failure, all on a prior employer's dime. This demonstrates innovation, willingness to teach risks, [and] faster reaction and response time. It is also a learning experience, and failure teaches success.”

Besides, in the job interview, they’ll probably ask you about lessons you’ve learned, about your weaknesses, etc. This will give you good practice in answering those questions.

However, be careful what information you divulge. The guiding principle here seems to be: Make sure you only talk about failures and weaknesses that can easily be spun into positives.

As physicians and advanced practitioners who are looking for jobs, what are some failures that you could offer on your résumé? Would you be willing to go as far as listing failures on the résumé? Why or why not?

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