So you’ve finished training to be a medical administrative assistant—or perhaps you’ve just started—but eventually you know you’ll need to start applying for jobs. If you haven’t worked in the healthcare field before, you might be a little bit confused about how to represent yourself on paper.
Here are some tips that might help you write the best medical administrative assistant résumé—and hopefully earn the job.
Include your education.
If you’re new to the field, then your education will be the first thing you want to talk about—it has the best chance of convincing employers that you're qualified. Make sure you include your school, the diploma or degree program you completed, any extracurricular activities and the dates of attendance. If you received Dean’s List or Honors awards, include those as well. You should also add in any continuing education classes.
The goal is to represent yourself as a dedicated student who worked hard to learn your new skills.
List your certification.
You don’t need to be a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) to go into this career field, but it can give you an advantage over the competition. If you take the time to attain this certification, then definitely include it on your résumé. That type of initiative may be exactly what employers are looking for.
Include relevant experience.
If you have previous healthcare industry experience, then absolutely include that. But if you’re completely new to the field, then you can still find ways to tie in previous jobs so they line up with skills necessary for an MAA. If you’ve worked in an administrative capacity, this can easily be tied into medical office duties. Do research on valuable skills for medical administrative assistants and write your résumé to answer those needs.
Hopefully these tips help you begin to craft your medical administrative assistant résumé! If you’ve already written yours, how did you structure it? What tips do you have to share?