Whether you’re an experienced medical assistant or you recently received your certification, having a good resume is a must for your job search. There are many resume formats and layouts that you can use to show prospective employers your training and experience.
Unfortunately, when it comes to actually writing a resume, many people just don’t know what to do. They don’t know how to write an objective, if they should even include an objective, what they should put in their summary or even how to write out their skills and work experience.
Thank God there is no shortage of resume templates and examples on the internet. With these resume samples, you can either download a template to customize with your own information or you can simply create one based on the sample structure.
Let’s talk about the different sections or areas of a medical assistant resume.
This section will include your name, your mailing address, your phone number and your email address. Use a slightly larger font for your name so it will stand out amongst other resumes on an employer’s desk. Your mailing address is self explanatory.
For your phone number, use the best number to contact you. For crying out loud, DO NOT use your current employer’s phone number. DO NOT use your home number if you’re never at home or if you’re at work during the day. Why? Because you want to get the call and/or message from a perspective employer right away, so you can respond in a timely fashion.
If your email address is “firstname.lastname@example.org”, then you first need to get a grip, then create a new, more professional email address for your resume. If you were a recruiter and you received a resume with that email address, what would you think of the candidate? Would you give that person a chance? Or would you move on to the hundreds of other resumes that have a practical and professional email address?
Below your personal information, should be your objective or profile. What’s the difference? An objective will state what you’re looking for and a profile will be more of a representation of you as a candidate and what you bring to the table. Here are two examples.
Energetic and dedicated Certified Medical Assistant seeks challenging opportunity with a medical group to make use of my medical training, education and overall interpersonal skills.
Certified Medical Assistant with over seven years of successful experience. Background includes back office support and supervision; preparing patients to see physicians, taking vital signs and all aspects of medical records management. Strong knowledge of medical terminology and medical office practices.
Based on the examples provided above, you can see that the objective is best used for someone without years of hands on experience. The profile example would best suit someone with more extensive experience. It’s worth noting that some profiles include a bullet or checked list of an MA’s skills.
If you are a recent graduate of a Medical Assistant training program and you do not yet have actual full time work experience, then you can place your education below the objective or profile. If you don’t have any formal education and your education/training was on the job, then leave this section out.
For those who have formal education but it is not related to the medical industry, place your education at the bottom of the resume below work experience. Here is an example of how to format your education.
Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) / MA Training Program School Name (2019)
A.A., Business Administration/ College Name, 2010 Berkeley, CA
Your professional skills can either be placed below your education or below your work experience. For someone with very little hands on medical experience, I suggest you place the skills below education, above your experience.
For a candidate with extensive medical work experience, you can place your education below the work history. It’s best to use bullets for your skills. You can however, also write them out in 2-3 lines using commas to separate each skill. Here are two examples of how to format your skills.
- Data Entry (75 WPM)
- Book Keeping & Filing
- Taking Patient Vitals
- Blood Draws
Data entry (75WPM), Book Keeping & Filing, Taking Patient Vitals, Blood Draws and Injections
Your professional experience can include volunteer experience and clinical experience to show that you have spent time in a medical environment. You should include the organization for which you volunteered, did your clinical or actually worked. Tab over to the end of that link and include the city and state in which the organization is located.
On the next line include your official title and the time (months and/or years) that you spent in that position. The next few lines should include your responsibilities, achievements or any growth while at that facility. Remember to use past tense for former jobs and present tense for your current position.
Here are two examples of Medical Assistant job descriptions that can be used as bullet points or in sentences.
- Provide back office support and supervision. Answer multi-line phone in a professional and courteous manner. Assist patients in filling out paperwork.
- Prepare patients for meeting with the doctor by obtaining vital signs and documenting/updating pertinent health information (chief complaint, allergies, etc.)
- Ensure the cleanliness, sanitation and maintenance of facility, exam rooms and equipment.
Responsible for all clerical duties, phone triage, supply management, forms management, and completion of Patient Admission and Discharge Function. Ensured correct coding was used to designate the diagnoses and procedures performed.
Entry Level Bullets:
- Administer drugs and medication under the supervision of a Physician.
- Interview patients, taking their details and measuring their vital signs like, height and weight
- Lay out medical equipment like syringes and dressings
- Welcome patients and then preparing them to see the doctor or other healthcare professionals
If your resume doesn’t fill up a full page, you can include non-essential information like “References will furnished upon request” or “Hobbies include exercise, reading, stamp collecting” (or whatever hobbies you practice).
Writing your own resume doesn’t have to be difficult or messy. Take your time and check out sample medical assistant resumes. Most importantly, spell check your completed resume and have some else check it before you start using it to apply for new jobs.
Learn how to make a resume by using any of our free resume and cover letter templates.