For new caregivers or caregivers looking for a different career opportunity, creating a resume that showcases your experience and strengths is vital. But it can be a daunting process, especially if you don’t have much experience in the field of caregiving. People often aren’t sure how to get started or what caregiver skills to include on a resume.
If you are struggling to put together a caregiver resume, this information is for you.
How to Make a Resume for a Caregiver Position
A good quality caregiver resume should, at minimum, contain these four sections:
- Full name with contact information (phone numbers and email address)
- Summary of your experience and strengths
- Work history including employer names and dates of employment
- Education, special certifications, and professional coursework
It also helps to include a section that highlights what are known as “soft skills.” For a caregiver resume, these skills could include a variety of valuable talents:
- Strong attention to detail
- Empathetic and compassionate
- Good listener
- Interest in healthy cooking
- Good judgement
- Ability to juggle multiple client needs
- Good time management skills
- Commitment to serving seniors
Also consider what the resume’s objectives are for different caregiver positions you are applying to. Be sure to tailor the contents of your resume to meet the objectives of each position.
For example, if you are applying for a caregiver position with a hospice agency, think about the skills you have that would benefit a patient with a life-limiting illness. The same is true if you are applying for a home care agency caregiver position. What skills do you have that could improve the life of a homebound senior or a person with a disability? Work those strengths into your resume.
Caregiver Resume: No Experience
What happens if you don’t have any professional caregiving experience? How can you convey your dedication to and interest in working with older adults on your caregiver resume? We have a few tips that might help you capture the attention of a hiring manager.
- Include all work experience: Even if you lack paid caregiver experience, a history that demonstrates a strong work ethic is good to include. Even jobs such as babysitting or providing lawn care as a young person shows your resourcefulness and reliability. These are all traits of a good caregiver.
- Well-written summary section: Use the summary section to highlight how you became interested in caregiving and what caregiver duties you have performed in an unofficial capacity. For example, if you helped care for a grandparent who had Alzheimer’s, include that in your summary. Understanding what it’s like to witness a senior loved one’s decline can create a level of empathy that makes for a great caregiver.
Think about the interactions in your life that led you to consider a career in caregiving and find a way to incorporate those into your resume and cover letter.
Resources for Professional Caregivers
At Griswold Home Care, we value the important work of caregivers. We strive to help team members connect with the information and resources they need to be the best possible caregiver.
In the Caregiver Resources section of our website you will find tips, tools, and links to resources on a variety of topics. From learning more about what a caregiver does in a typical day to how to find your state’s certifications and regulations for caregivers, you’ll want to bookmark this section and stop back often.