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CVS / NOV. 03, 2014
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How to Write a Resume for a Medical Assistant Job

Are you interested in working as a medical assistant? Have you thought about how you are going to present yourself on your resume? Medical assistance is currently one of the most promising fields in healthcare which means that is very competitive to get into. Creating a strong resume will definitely give you an advantage within the market and help you demonstrate that you are a good fit for the job.

So, before you start writing your resume, make sure that you review your professional experience and skills. Evaluate yourself and the relevance of your previous employment to the job focusing on your key strengths. In order to be more effective, list both generic and job-specific skills down on paper and provide examples on how you have developed these in the past. This way you will have a log of your achievements which you will update regularly so that every time you are applying for a medical assistant job, you can make the appropriate changes on your resume quicker and easier. 

Let’s see how you can write a resume for a medical assistant more analytically:

Professional summary

Firstly, it is important to create a strong professional summary in which you briefly state your years of experience, qualities, any specialisations in the field and career objectives clearly. If you are unsure of what you can write in terms of career goals simply ask yourself the following questions:

  • What specialised field am I likely to get into?
  • What do I enjoy doing and why I am interested in healthcare?
  • How would I help physicians meet their goals?

These questions will encourage you to consider short and long-term goals and refine your preferences in regards to your career direction in the field of healthcare.  

Generic requirements

As far as skills are concerned, employers will be interested to know how you deal with people in your work environment and how efficient you are. As a medical assistant you will be dealing with patients on a daily basis and managing a big workload. Thus it is essential that you refer to your excellent communication skills, time management and ability to work under pressure.  As a medical assistant you are a valuable member of a team that provides patient care, so the ability to multi-task and prioritise responsibilities is a must.

Job specific skills:

While job-specific duties depend on the type of medical assistance you choose to offer, day-to-day job activities are rather similar.  This means that you will have to do a bit of both; administrative and clinical duties. Perhaps you could refer to the following skills when writing your resume: 

Administrative Skills

  • Updating and filling patients’ medical records.
  • Completing insurance forms.
  • Scheduling medical appointments.
  • Handling billing and bookkeeping.

Clinical Skills

  • Taking medical histories and recording vital signs.
  • Explaining treatment procedures.
  • Cleaning and sterilising medical instruments.
  • Preparing consultation room and patients for examination.
  • Assisting physician during the examination.

Show awareness of industry trends

Physicians are likely to hire more assistants to carry out administrative and clinical duties so they are able to see more patients.  Showing awareness of industry trends will definitely influence the employer to spend additional time looking at your resume. Since physicians’ practices have switched to electronic health records, lots of new job responsibilities will emerge, so you need to become familiar with analysing electronic data for healthcare purposes.  

As you can see, creating a strong resume for a medical assistant job is not as difficult as it seems. Plan ahead and make sure you list all relevant information on draft paper for quick reference. Then update your resume focusing on your work experience, generic and job-specific skills and creating a strong professional summary.

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