Story by Chad Dekort and Kristina Ellis
It is spring at last – a time for fresh starts. This is also the perfect time to refresh your resume and pursue new career possibilities. You’ve found a great job posting with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and want to get your application in! What’s next? We’ve compiled some helpful information to make this a smoother process for you
Use the job description as a guide to what your resume should reflect
The job description is your guide to the qualifications and experience the hiring manager is looking for. Try your best to speak to every qualification listed on the job description and capture the desired experience on your resume.
If you are able to quantify your experience on your resume, even better. It is one thing to state you did something, but if you add numbers and a better description to show the scope of your work, it comes across as more impressive. For instance, “cared for patients” vs. “cared for eight patients, each with different medical requirements, on a daily basis.”
Incorporate keywords where you can
Some organizations use the keyword search technique in their recruitment which are sets of pre-determined skill-related words used to scan resumes. At AHS, we read every resume, so although it is important to capture the keywords reflected on the job description in your resume, we do not rely solely on that when reviewing applications.
Spell it out
If you use acronyms on your resume, be sure to spell them out completely, for example; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, (BScN) or Basic Life Support – Health Care Provider (BLS-HCP).
Ensure your contact information is up-to-date
Although this point may seem like common sense, it can be something simple that’s overlooked. For instance, if you’ve recently moved to Alberta and just got a new phone number, you may forget to update this on your resume. If you double-check your contact information, you know for sure that hiring managers can contact you.
When you click to apply on a role on our AHS Careers website, we will ask that you create a profile if you have not yet done so. You only need to do this once as you are able to consistently update that profile as your career progresses.
You do not need to submit a new version of your resume every time you apply for a job
A common misconception is that when applicants apply to jobs, they think they need to submit a new version of their resume every time. This is not true. Update your resume as needed, and our Applicant Tracking System, or ATS, will use the latest version on file when you submit your application.
Make sure you do not click to ‘Remove yourself from consideration’
This will retract your application, and make it impossible for you to reapply for that position. If you need to make a slight tweak to your resume, simply update your profile in the Career Centre and you’re application automatically updates.
We suggest you copy and paste your resume into the resume text box when applying. However, when you copy and pasting your resume, it can appear as a block of text. Take an extra few minutes to re-format your resume as this makes it much easier for the hiring manager to read your qualifications.
You can also upload attachments through the Career Centre. Attachments will always be viewed, however, we suggest that you copy and paste what you want to be seen (Resume, Cover Letter) into your profile. This makes it more efficient for the hiring manager to look at your credentials.
Now that you’ve applied, you can manage your application and check on the status through your ‘My Submissions’ tab in your Career Centre.
Good luck and if you have any questions along the way, feel free to contact us, and we are happy to help.