Skills are key to your success in the workplace. Employers usually have a tough time looking for skilled people to hire. And that is not because there aren’t any skilled people around – it is because skilled people fail to prove that they are skilled! It is a saga! If you do not tell an employer that you are skilled in something (or a number of areas), how is he supposed to know? Of course, he can gauge how competent you are once you are hired but that doesn’t work. Employers need to know that you are skilled before you are hired.
So what do you do? You write what skills you possess in your resume. And then let the employer judge how well you will fit in by interviewing you. If you can prove during the interview that you are as good as you claim to be, you will be hired. But the story begins with the resume. You have to be eloquent about your skills in a resume. There is always a dedicated skills section in a resume, so use it to your benefit.
How would you list your skills as a home care coordinator? This is where you have to be careful. Short sentences describing your skills do not work. Very long ones don’t either. You have to keep a balance. Make your skills obvious in carefully crafted sentences. Something like this:
• Solid track record of handling client assessments and determining appropriate care plans
• Skilled in orienting and educating patients and families by providing detailed information in conjunction with direct care providers’ treatments
• Committed to initiating dedicated care plans and assessing continuing care requirements for each patient
• Excellent skills in evaluating outcomes of care plans by measuring intervention effectiveness and tweaking plans accordingly
• Adept at identifying and linking patients with community resources to facilitate referrals and need for social services
• Focused on following up with designated patients on a regular basis to ensure continual health and wellbeing
• Proficient in providing self-management support for patients, particularly those with chronic illnesses
• Documented success in acting as system navigator and point of contact for patients and their families to help educate them about possible in-home care plans
• Hands-on experience in identifying and utilizing cultural and community resources to assist in rehabilitating patients
• Competent at assisting patients through diverse healthcare systems by acting as patient advocate
• Demonstrated ability to take up quality improvement initiatives to provide patients with continuously apt and well-placed in-home care plans