How to Write a Resume for a Medical Receptionist

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How to Write a Resume for a Medical Receptionist
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Jobs in the medical field require skill and the proper training. Any medical position, and especially a medical receptionist, requires both education and experience. Although a medical receptionist may not have an extensive list of degrees and credentials to spruce up a resume, using specific wording and other techniques will help to grab a potential employer's eye. By changing a few key elements around such as format and font, a medical receptionist can land a job and a higher starting salary.

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Things you need

  • Antique white heavyweight bond paper greater than 50g
  • Computer word-processing software
  • Dark-coloured computer ink
  • Paper copy of prior employee history and job skills (optional)

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    How to Write a Resume for a Medical Receptionist

  1. 1

    Generate a list on paper or create a spreadsheet of all past employers. Choose employment in which skills performed on the job are related to being a medical receptionist. Highlight all employers that were satisfied with your job performance. Be sure to list dates you attended schools and universities as well as other relevant training.

  2. 2

    Create a list of assets and work skills. Include tasks that can be completed accurately and timely with minimal supervision. Some skills related to a medical receptionist are good communication skills, social skills and the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.

  3. 3

    Create bullet points of job duties performed, such as operating a multi-line switch board, medical software program experience, ability to type over 50 WPM, keystroke times, creating mailings and letters, familiarity with transcribing equipment, scheduling appointments, knowledge of medical terminology and ability to handle crisis situations.

  4. 4

    List both personal and professional accomplishments. Examples would include job promotions, title changes, volunteer work and awards or recognitions. List in detail what they are, why they were received and when they were received.

  5. 5

    Obtain detailed information regarding references. Be sure to copy down their contact information and relationship. Provide at least two personal and two professional references.

  6. 6

    Decide what type of format the resume should be created in: chronological, functional or combination. Chronological resumes list all information from past to current data and highlight job skills. Functional resumes place their focus on skills highlight accomplishments and special awards rather than details and dates. Combination resumes include aspets of both chronological and functional resumes while focusing on a specific career profile of the candidate geared toward being a medical receptionist.

  7. 7

    Type the information into Microsoft Word. Cross check and verify that all information is correct. Spell check for errors. Keep the resume tight and concise: no more than one full page. Adjust font size or fill in additional information to fill the entire page. Use an Arial or Calibri font between sizes 10 and 12. Print with black ink on heavy antique white bond paper.

Tips and warnings

  • Feel free to contact individuals first before listing them as references---this will avoid surprises.
  • Using heavy paper will set the resume apart from other resumes in a pile---it will also be less likely to fall on the floor or get lost with other papers on a desk.
  • Antique white is slightly different from pure white and differentiates itself from other resumes. The off-white colour should stand out without making too bold a statement.
  • Before mailing the resume or taking it to an interview, find out the name of the person in charge of handling resumes---this adds a personal touch.
  • Do not lie on a resume. Provide honest and truthful information.

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