What to Look for in a Job Description

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Searching for a new job can be frustrating if you are not getting any response from the jobs you apply for. Hiring teams must go through hundreds of resumes for a single position, and they will ignore any resume that does not match the requirements in the job description. In this article, we will go over what to look for in a job description to improve your chances of getting a call to interview.  

Behavioral Health Jobs is an online database of jobs and career advice for those interested in a career in the healthcare industry. Our job board is updated daily with new jobs at mental health facilities, government agencies, private practices, and other organizations for clinical and administrative jobs at all experience levels. We also include several resources to help improve your chances of finding an exciting and rewarding career.  

If you need help with your career search, turn to the Behavioral Health Jobs website for tips on improving your job-searching skills. 

What to Look for in a Job Description 

Reading a job description is more than just checking to see how much they pay and the type of benefits they include. It will give you an insight into the type of work you will be doing and the necessary skills you need to do the job adequately. This means studying the job description and making note of any of the skills listed that match your experience.  

The skills listed in the job description are the ones you need to include in the work experience section of your resume. Without them, your chances of making it to the first round of interviewing drop considerably.  

Here is a sample of the skills that you are likely to find for healthcare positions: 

  • First aid or CPR training 
  • Knowledge of HIPAA regulations 
  • Experience with checking and monitoring vital signs 
  • Assessing patients symptoms 
  • Administering medical treatments 
  • Interpreting lab results 
  • Developing treatment plans 
  • Educating patients and families on mental health disorders 
  • Working in a team environment 
  • Basic computer skills 
  • Knowledge of industry-specific software and hardware 

Behavioral Health Jobs can aid your career search with helpful advice on what to look for in a job description, how to conduct yourself in an interview, and other beneficial tips.  

Tailoring Your Resume to Job Descriptions 

Studies have shown that a recruiter will spend an average of 6-7 seconds reading a resume. They have hundreds of resumes to read for a single position and will quickly scan them to check for those skills listed in job descriptions. 

Let’s go over a few ways that you can add relatable skills and grab their attention within that short timeframe: 

Resume Summary/Objective 

The first section to include relatable skills is the summary or objective. In this section, you will briefly summarize your career and skills and how those skills make you the perfect candidate for the job.  

A summary is for experienced healthcare workers with 5+ years of experience, while an objective is for those just out of college or with less than two years of relatable experience.  

Work Experience 

This is the main section where you will include the hard and soft skills that you used at previous jobs. You will detail those skills in a bullet list that shows how you used those skills to improve patients’ health and develop better processes and care procedures.  

You should limit each job entry to 4-6 bullet points as you want to keep your resume to no more than two pages long.  

Hard and Soft Skills 

Healthcare professionals have a wide range of skills that aid them in succeeding in their career path. Those skills that are not listed in the job description but are necessary to perform well can be listed in additional sections.  

Here, you will list technical skills, spoken languages, and professional affiliations, along with interpersonal skills and other soft skills that make you an effective care provider.  

Start a New Job Search Today at Behavioral Health Jobs 

You will find hundreds of new jobs for administrators, medical technicians, and clinicians listed daily at Behavioral Health Jobs. Our job page allows you to search by job titles and keywords, experience level, job type, and type of industry so you can find a job that matches your career goals.   

To find more tips on what to look for when job searching, check out the career resources page on the Behavioral Health Jobs website today. 

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