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Guest Post By: Heather Eager

You may think of a resume as a minor introductory document that shows an employer who you are and why you’re the right applicant for a certain job. However, simple, bare-bones resumes are rarely effective in displaying a prospective employee’s full potential.

Job seekers in various professions have found this out when using standard resume templates and basic information. If you are getting ready to prepare your resume for a health, IT, federal/military or executive position, take a look at some tips that could help you place your focus on your professions the right way.

Health Care

Anyone working in the health industry knows just how rewarding it is. Whether you’re a medical assistant, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, clinic manager, technologist, physical therapist or physician, you do plenty on your job every day. This should definitely not be taken for granted when writing your resume.

Your job is to show the scope of experience you’ve gained by not selling yourself short when describing previous positions. If you’ve been a charge nurse in various units, it’s important to list those units and showcase the different duties you held. Also, don’t be afraid to use terminology that showcases your expertise, as long as it’s not too abstract for the hiring manager who doesn’t speak “health-ese.”


One standout quality of the information technology industry is the depth of which employees know the latest technology. This is why it’s always important to showcase what you know when writing an IT resume. In addition to proclaiming your levels of proficiency in various programming languages, applications, software and hardware, it’s important to list any certifications you’ve received – these are almost as good as degrees.

Federal / Military

If you’re writing a federal or military resume, details are the most important features to take into consideration. This means, you are supposed to read the job posting thoroughly and list what experience and qualifications you have that exactly match what the position is looking for. Anything that shows that you’re not exactly qualified for the position you’re applying for could result in your resume being discarded.

Another tip to remember with the federal or military resume is that you’ll want to include a KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities), which is a series of statements written in a narrative format. This is an essential part of a resume for federal jobs. You should also be sure to include your title, grade, and announcement number on the resume.


When applying for an executive-level position, you want to keep in mind that the expectations for candidates are extremely high. It’s every executive’s job to show a great ability to lead his or her employees. Having a strong professional brand both on the Internet and non-virtual world are also important. Overall, you want the company to know that you will be a great ROI (return on investment), which can be communicated through a results-driven, accomplishment-heavy resume with tons of numbers (money made, employees managed, etc.).

Regardless of the field of work or industry, there’s always a few ways to grab the attention of hiring managers within your resume. So before getting started on yours, see if any of the above tips apply to you then use them to create a resume employers can’t resist.

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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast

Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!

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