Providing an overview of your competencies at the beginning of your resume is important for two reasons:
• To let the reader know about your personality
• To provide information on your skills and experiences
Both these can be made obvious in two or three lines. Do not confuse your summary or profile with a cover letter. While cover letters serve more or less the same purpose, they are more detailed and are always written as a separate document – one that is not part of a resume.
If you enjoy writing concisely, using descriptive words, writing a professional profile or summary should not be a big deal. Many times, applicants end up using the same words they use in the rest of the resume as well. While it is not forbidden to do so, it is a good idea to keep the profile unique and to refrain from writing words or phrases that you intend to use in other parts of your resume.
Career objectives are essentially “word heavy” since they need to describe the candidate fully, so make use of as many possible, relevant words and phrases that you can think of to describe yourself. To see what career profile typically look like, have a look at the following examples for a paramedic resume:
• Hands-on, alert individual with 5+ years’ experience in handling emergency situations by providing immediate course of treatment. Proven skills in resuscitating and stabilizing patients and providing emotional support to families.
• Reliable and resilient paramedic professional with a strong will to come on top of emergency state of affairs by quickly and accurately assessing patients and providing them immediate first aid and CPR.
• Self-motivated and positive individual, capable of employing quick and accurate judgement to gauge patients’ conditions and employ relevant medical services. Exceptionally quick-witted with solid knowledge of onsite patient care and transportation.
• A proactive and reliable paramedic with excellent ability to respond to emergency calls in a calm, efficient and prompt manner. Able to administer basic and advanced life support to patients, onsite and in a pre-hospital setting.
• Energetic, quick paramedic with a track record of providing medical assistance during emergency situations. Special skills include administering CPR, inhibiting shock, controlling severe bleeding and preventing spinal damage.
• Dependable individual with strong awareness and experience in taking clinical responsibility of patients in accident and emergency situations. Able to provide patient-focused delivery of care, treatment and safe transport of patients.