Caregiver Career Outlook
The demand for caregivers continues to grow as the american population ages. The number of Americans over the age of 80 is projected to increase by 79% from 2010 to 2030. As a result the employment of caregivers is projected to grow 26% from 2014 to 2024. To read more about the aging trends in the United States check out the Caregiver Blog.
Caregiver Resume Sections
When writing a resume or cover letter it is always important to stay focused on what qualities, traits or experience hiring managers in the industry value. Caregiver candidates should ensure that they are highlighting the most marketable areas of their resume.
Below is a list of specific sections that we feel help highlight the candidate's qualifications:
Summary or Profile Statement
Caregiver Education and Certifications
CAREGIVING RESUME OVERVIEW
We love the resume templates above because they are simple (nothing to busy), organized and included all the sections that we think are most important.
Several of the sections we highlighted earlier are pretty standard and should be included in resumes regardless of industry. But the sections that we want to ensure that candidates include in a caregiver resume are the Summary or Profile Statement, Experience and Skills sections.
The reason that we feel so strongly that a caregiver resume should include a Summary or Profile Statement is because trust, compassion and reliability are commonly identified as they most important factors for caregivers. The Summary or Profile statement are great ways to highlight these traits. The reasons why these characteristics are valued in this field are outlined below.
In most cases caregivers will be providing care for clients that can not be left alone for extended period of time. It is absolutely critical that caregivers are reliable and show up on time to their shifts. It is important to emphasize a candidate’s reliability on a resume and in an interview. If a candidate can describe previous care provided in terms of reliability and time associated with the duty it will go a long way in demonstrating their reliability.
Candidates need to be sure to highlight any long term patients they may have had. Long term patients imply that the client found the caregiver reliable throughout the time of care. If a candidate has not had any long term clients they can note the amount of hours or time per week they cared for the patients. If a hiring manager asks the candidate about that time they can emphasize their reliability when showing up for their shifts.
When a caregiver is sent to the home or facility to provided one-on-one care the agency, the family and the client are all placing the trust in the caregiver to provide the type of care that they expect. The number one concern of elderly clients is the fear of being taken advantage of. Caregivers should attempt to demonstrate they are trustworthy in their resume. Candidates can use the summary statement to serve this purpose.
Outside the personality traits that candidates must posses experience and skills are critical.
Most home care agencies are looking for caregiver candidates with 1 - 2 years of in home caregiver experience, completed a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) program or are currently enrolled in Nursing or LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) program . The candidate can highlight these areas by ensuring they include ‘Experience’ and ‘Certification’ Sections of their resume.
In the experience section of their resume they need to be very specific about the ADL's (Activities of Daily Living) and medical conditions they have experience in handling. For example if the candidate has provided care for a patient with Parkinson’s they should note that on their resume, explain what type of symptoms they were experiencing and list the ADL’s the candidate was providing as a caregiver. This will not only communicate the caregiver’s experience but also the full awareness of the type of care they were providing.
If you are someone without direct or significant experience with providing care for the elderly you can do two things to overcome that lack of experience.
Highlight personal traits that make a good caregiver. Most hiring managers view a caring person with a heart for service and the elderly as the number one quality in a good caregiver. If you can communicate that you are a candidate with those traits in your resume in either the “Objective” or “Resume Summary” hiring managers will take note. With the demand for caregivers being so high, hiring managers may have an internal training program that they can use to develop candidates that they feel are the type of person they are looking for, but lack specific experience.
Candidate’s can relate past non-elderly care work experience to ADL’s. For example, formal or informal work in child care or customer service. Learning how to talk with clients, being polite, respectful and most of all addressing the needs of the clients are all attributed hiring managers may be looking for.
Understanding what traits and characteristics are important to employers is critical when preparing your resume. But once you know these characteristics it is important to take action on the information and allow yourself to stand out in those areas.