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How to Describe Caregiving in a Resume


A resume highlights your skills, work experience, and achievements in relation to a particular job. Most jobs will ask to see your resume before they set an interview.  When applying for a caregiving role, take note of the guidelines below on what to include on your resume:

 

Professional Experience

This is probably the most important part to include in your resume.  It is the part of a resume where you need to add the name of your workplace, its location, and the length of your employment.  Double check your resume to be sure all the information is accurate. The location could be expressed using the “city and state” format if applying within the same country. If applying in a different country, then follow the “city and country” format.  Meanwhile, the length of employment can be expressed in years. If your employment was as short as two months, it is better not to indicate it.

Below each experience, insert what roles you did as a caregiver.  If you were assigned in a home care, include the number of home care residents you assisted.  Also add the exact duties you completed. These duties may include personal hygiene duties, dressing, transferring the patient from chair to bed, and turning positions.  Another duty that you may state is managing the elderly’s schedule. This may include exercise routines, intake of medication, doctor appointments, and family visits. You may also include housekeeping duties such as cleaning and preparation of meals as part of your caregiving experience.  If you do not have any professional caregiving experience yet, you can list your work experience and highlight skills that would be helpful as a caregiver.

 

Certification and Skills

If you do not have any professional experience, you may want to consider completing certifications. Certifications are documents that serve as proof that you are competent in doing a specific job role. Certifications related to caregiving will show that you are determined to enhance your skills in this field.   Many employers or agencies evaluate potential new hires by looking at the certifications they acquired. Examples of certifications that you would want to have as a caregiver are CPR certification, IV certification, Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Home Health Aide. Having a high formal education is not necessary in caregiving, but enhancing your caregiving skills by taking certifications will set you apart from the other applicants.

Skills that you need to acquire in caregiving are not only limited to health-related skills.  Your role as a caregiver may require you to prepare meals for your patient. If you cook well, then that is another skill you can list on your resume. Another skill that you may include in your resume is organizing.  As a caregiver, you will manage the schedule of your patient. Be sure to think about other skills you may have that will be useful to your employer.

 

Achievements

Being recognized for doing a job well done not only motivates the individual but also gives a good impression to your resume.  Create a section for awards and achievements you received from your previous jobs. Were you given an employee of the month award?  Did you get a high remark in your certifications? Were you given an all-expense paid trip by your previous employer for doing an excellent job?  Specify what makes you special in the caregiving industry through your achievements. Show your advantage to whoever reads your resume.

Be sure not to be too wordy when writing your resume.  Keep it short but include as much key information as possible.  Remember that a resume is just a summary of your work experience, educational background, and skills.  The details of your resume can be further explained in the interview.


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