“A resume is a promotional piece. It is a calling card to introduce you, with your unique combination of skills and experience, to a potential employer. Accompanied by a cover letter, its purpose is to get you an interview.” – Central Ohio Technical College’s Office of Career Development & Experiential Learning Services.
A resume is not something to take for granted. Whether you have already formed a professional relationship with a prospective employer or are applying to a job posting you found online, it is important that you have a comprehensive resume that showcases that your skills and experiences makes you an ideal candidate for the ultrasound technician, radiology technologist or other position you are applying for.
Although there are a variety of resume styles, and there is not one single format that you should mirror, there are some general rules of thumb for writing your resume and cover letter.
At the top of your resume, include your name and contact information.
The objective or your profile/professional summary (a brief summation of why you are qualified) should not be generic. Instead it should point out your specific talents and skills and/or be customized to reflect the specific position you are applying for. ResumePower.com recommends writing a “value proposition” in this section that shows you meet the particular requirements listed in the job posting for the position you are applying for. A good example provided by ResumePower.com is “ARDMS-certified ultrasound technologist with five years of experience performing abdominal, OB/GYN, neonatal-head and small-parts sonography in a large hospital setting.”
Outline all of the post secondary degrees and certificates you have completed listing the school name, degree/certificate title, specialties and dates of graduation.
List all of your clinical experiences that you completed as part of your medical imaging degree. Provide the location, area of specialty, the dates and a brief list of duties.
List all valuable employment experiences and include your job title, employer, dates and a brief listing of duties. You do not want to fill pages and pages. Strike a balance between choosing what is relevant to the position you are applying for while also being aware that large gaps in time may be questioned.
Other sections you may wish to include are Volunteer Experiences, Professional and Personal Interests, Certifications (which could be crucial for medical imaging positions) and Awards.
At the bottom of your resume, you could write a statement to the effect of “References available upon request”. Alternatively, you could complete a separate page listing your references.
If you are applying for a sonographer, radiologic tech or another health professional position, you should include a cover letter with your resume. “Cover letters are a versatile means of communication that reinforces the qualifications presented in your resume and highlights how your skills and personality would be a good fit for the company,” states Champlain College’s Career Services.
Each cover letter should be crafted or modified to reflect the position you are applying for. It should generally not be any longer than a page. Generally speaking, a cover letter states the position you are applying for, your interest in that particular employer, why you are an ideal candidate and should make reference to your attached resume.
Imagine you are an HR representative at a hospital going through a pile of resumes for the latest cardiac sonographer opening. You come across a resume and at the top, the Objective states, “I really wants to work as a sonografer?” Would you proceed to look at the rest of the resume? Probably not!
Tone, as well as proper grammar, punctuation and spelling are crucially important for your resume. If they fall short, your valuable qualifications and skills will appear meaningless. Ask a friend, family member, mentor or colleague to proofread your resume.
In addition to responding to job ads (either in person or via e-mail), you may wish to put your name out there in as many ways as possible. Posting your resume online can be an effective means and it takes little time. Depending on the resume site you select, you may be able to upload your resume or you may be prompted to fill in a template.
There are plenty of ways to make your professional online presence known. For example, you can create a LinkedIn profile or post a resume on sites such as Indeed.com, CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com, US.Jobs and others.
Some sites specific to the medical imaging world where you can post your resume, include ultrasoundjobs.com and asrt.org/main/careers.
Other Resume Tips• Limit your resume to 1-2 pages and use concise and motivated language.
• Avoid using more than two fonts.
• Visit your school’s career center for resume and cover letter assistance. (These services are also often open to alumni.)
• Ask for resume and cover letter guidance from mentors, your college instructors and professionals already in the field.
• Search online for samples of resumes and cover letters specific to your field and use them as a guide.