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How to Write a Resume for a Home Health Aide Job
So, you have looked through our site (if you have, thanks!) and you have decided that you want to be a home health aide.
Congratulations! Great choice – really.
Jobs are expected to increase by up to 70% by the year 2020, which means you should have no trouble finding work (which can seem like a dream in the current economic climate).
Now you’ve got some things to do.
You should look around for some home health aide job postings – what do employers want? (Check our job board here)
It is possible that some employers require no experience and no training. They will provide you on the job training or send you for training that they might even pay for.
It’s impossible to say which jobs require no training or experience, so you’re going to have to do a bit of work and look around for job postings to determine.
Otherwise, you might want to start looking at training options and get trained in such a way that makes you certified to be a home health aide in your state.
So, whether you take training first, or apply for a job that will train you after you get hired, you’ll need to write a resume.
Many people have terrible resumes – it’s true! By putting together a decent resume, you can stand out from the crowd of people applying for the job.
RESUME TIPS: Before we get started on how to craft your resume, here is a very important tip.
- ALWAYS use a computer to make your resume
- NEVER try to make it look ‘cute’ or ‘fancy’ by choosing different fonts and colors. Your resume should be in black ink and be in Times New Roman, size 12, or another very basic font.
What we’ve laid out below is just a basic template and guide, but it is a great starting point!
1. Your Name, Address, and Contact Info
At the top of the page, put your name, address, and contact information. It should look something like this:
Resume of: Jane Doe
23 Steiner Street
Los Angeles, California 99999
This will make your resume easily and instantly identifiable to an employer when they are looking through the many resumes that come in. If it looks clean and professional right away, they’ll have a closer look.
2. Your Objective
The first line of your resume should contain a specific objective. In other words, why are you handing in your resume? This shows the employer that you have a goal and a vision.
It could be something like:
OBJECTIVE: To help people and obtain meaningful employment with Company XYZ as a Home Health Aide to put my training and experience to use in a rewarding way.
3. Skills and Abilities
You could put a brief list of skills and abilities that you have. Only choose things that are honest and that will show the employer why you are a good person for the job.
For example, if you are caring and great with people, always punctual, skilled at communicating, those are great things to put, because they show why you’d be good for the job. On the other hand, don’t talk about how you are a Microsoft Office expert, because you won’t be required to use the computer for many things as a HHA.
4. Work Experience
If you have any experience in the health care industry, you should mention it!
Even if you don’t, list your most recent 3-5 jobs, including Name of Company, Position, Date of Employment, and a short 3-5 point list of the things you did.
Try to tailor the brief explanation of the job in such a way that it helps show why you’d be good at the job you’re applying for. There are some general skills that you can apply from one job to another, because respect, organization and responsibility are transferable to all jobs!
If you have gaps in employment, it might be a good idea to put 1 or 2 lines in, explaining why you were out of work, if you have a good reason. This isn’t necessary, but if you went on maternity leave, were injured, got sick, or anything like that, it can help to show the company that you didn’t just take time off and not work. (It’s OK if you did – many people have been laid off recently, many people have children, and many people just make changes!)
Do you have any education? It’s good to list it, if you do.
Even if you just have a high school diploma, it could help. Some agencies do not require employees who have passed high school. Even so, if you can show that you completed it, it will help set you apart from the rest of your job competitors.
Additionally, if you have taken any other courses or if you went to college or university, write this down, too.
Finally, have you taken training? If you took training and are now writing your resume to get a HHA job, it’s very important that you mention that you have training! Most agencies require you to have a certain amount of training, and even if they don’t, again, you will show them how much more accomplished you are than your peers.
6. Other / Volunteer Experience
If there is anything else you think would help you get a job, you can put it at the end. Usually, you don’t have to worry about putting anything else, but it can be a great idea to list your volunteer experience, for example.
This shows that you are responsible, hard working, and caring and that you take time for others – all excellent qualities for home health aides!