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Build Your Pathology or Histology Resume: Tips to Stand Out

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Are you considering pathologists’ assistant or histotech job opportunities? Creating your resume is an important first step. Hospitals and labs often have an influx of applications for every job they post, no matter what the current marketplace climate. 

Developing a compelling resume showcasing your experience and credentials can play a pivotal role in helping you stand out from other grossing professionals who may also be looking for an opportunity at the same lab or even same region of the country. Most importantly, an updated and cohesive account of your lab experience can help pathologists’ assistant recruiters better identify the right open job opportunities based on your work background, unique skill sets, and other position preferences. 

Stop Getting Lost in the Hospital’s HR Inbox: Develop a Well-Crafted Resume With Your Laboratory Staffing Recruiter 

Yes, right now, finding your next PA or HT/HTL opportunity can feel overwhelming with recent job market shifts and disruptions. However, even in a global pandemic, there are ways to develop a resume that commands attention, from both pathologists’ assistant staffing recruiters and the online tools they are using to source candidates. When putting together your pathologists’ assistant or histotech resume, consider these six tips:

List All Certifications and Credentials
Start by listing your certifications, memberships, and state licensing, if applicable, that are pertinent to the type of lab position you’re pursuing. Put the letters after your name at the top of the resume. If you are a new graduate, under your name write “ASCP test scheduled for month/day/year.”

Provide Education Information
Always include your degree, school name, location, and dates attended as part of your pathologists’ assistant or histotech resume. You should also consider including any noteworthy accomplishments, honors, and achievements you accrued while obtaining your degree.

Highlight Computer Skills
The healthcare industry as a whole is continuously evolving and implementing advanced technology in its practices, facilities, and labs. Highlighting your technical savvy can prove a major differentiator, giving you an advantage over other candidates. Include a Technology/Computer Skills section on your resume, listing industry-specific innovations, systems, platforms, and applications you’ve used as well as any system training you’ve received throughout your career. 

Outline All Professional (Relevant) Experience
Lab staffing recruiters and labs will always want a full and detailed representation of all relevant work experience, including lab name, location, and years of service. When outlining actual duties and responsibilities, use bullet points for easy reading and be as specific as possible, going beyond day-to-day grossing functions to also describe results, which may include phrases, such as “increased lab efficiencies,” “drove overall team productivity,” or “improved workflow standards.” Lab staffing recruiters are looking for well-rounded candidates, so never be afraid to (honestly and accurately) draw attention to your differentiators, and pinpoint ways you went above and beyond what was expected.  

Formatting Counts 
Formatting also plays a role when software programs are scanning your resume for key skill sets. Keep the formatting neat, streamlined, and professional. Separate blocks of text to make it easier to read and use bullets to highlight specific skills and experience differentiators. Bonus: Keeping the final format as simple as possible now makes it easy to add new information to your resume after each completed assignment in the future. 

Give it a Final Proof
Typos, misspelled words, and grammatical errors can instantly put even the most qualified candidates at the bottom of the applicant pile. Once you’ve put together your final document, review the piece yourself as well as run it through an online proofing site, such as Grammarly, for reassurance that you’re ready to submit your resume to your travel/permanent placement pathologists’ assistant and histotech recruiter. 

Are You Considering a Travel Pathologists’ Assistant or Histotech Assignment?

Nicklas Medical Staffing can help you find your next travel, local, temp, or permanent opportunity. Contact us today to learn more. Or, download our Travel Pathologists' Assistant & Histotech Salary Calculator to assess potential final compensation for your next job opportunity.


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