CNA Duties for an Updated Resume
Whether you’re looking into a new CNA position or a new career path, you’ll want to go back to the drawing board. In this case: your resume! Job requirements and duties change over time. What looked good on paper last year or three years ago may need updating in 2022. Practices, services, and facilities have all changed in the wake of the pandemic. That means hiring facilities will have their eyes peeled for certain CNA duties in your resume. We have more information on how you can update your resume to reflect experience in these sought-after CNA job duties.
Highlight Hard and Soft Skills in CNA Job Duties
It’s not always enough to know what you’re doing, it’s important to know who you’re doing it for and how. Since CNAs are valued for their interpersonal work, these “soft skills” are important to highlight along with your “hard skills”. Understanding common disorders, record-keeping, and terminology knowledge are crucial, of course. Also, employers want to see your attention to detail, consistency, and empathy. Your medical expertise should reflect your emotional prowess and vice versa.
Rate Your CNA Duties Resume
By which we mean, practice the art of long and short tail keywords! Instead of saying “good with patients,” try “comfortable and attentive with patients and their needs”. Rating your skills on scales of “basic” to “advanced” gets to the point for employers looking for certain skill levels. Be honest with yourself and your abilities; this is your chance to showcase them. Give your future employer something more they will want to know further by interviewing you. Go through your resume and see where you can rank or flesh out your past CNA duties and current capabilities.
Highlight your awareness and attention to general practice and COVID hygiene protocols. Hygiene upkeep in medical facilities and long-term care has changed over the last two years. Find ways to emphasize how you have adapted to updated PPE and COVID requirements. More than ever, medical professionals value colleagues who consistently and mindfully observe these hygiene best practices.
Skills Top the Charts
Make sure skills are prioritized. Your future employer wants to know just what you can do! They will want to know that your skill set fits with what they are looking for. Flesh these varying skills out with respect to your experience. These skills will then be highlighted in your previous experience section. This is a great opportunity to further detail those skills within the environment of your experiences. For example, let’s say you listed empathetic, detail-oriented, and trained in dealing with infectious diseases in your skills list. You can display this in your experience at your last hospital. Those skills translate into:
- Aided patients with basic care and tasks, including personalized care to 10+ patients every day.
- Maintained proper records of patients’ medical histories.
- Followed health guidelines as directed by the hospital to ensure patient and coworker safety.
Just make sure you cap everything off with your education and certifications. This rounds out your skills and experiences and also shows your employers you are certified and ready to work. Mentors, charity work, and continued education can also boost the look and feel of your certifications. Employers see just how involved you are in your field, beyond and within the job you’re pursuing.
CynaMed places RNs, LPNs, CNAs, and Certified Med Techs in Western PA and is the first locally-owned staffing agency with Joint Commission Certification. Visit us today for more information or to get started on your new career path. You can call us to talk one-on-one with a member of our CynaMed team, or take advantage of our CNA resources for more tips and insight.