Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager, and imagine hiring someone who has zero skills. Where would that leave you? Unfortunately, in a bad way! Employers look for individuals who are skilled enough so that an intense training program does not have to be created for them. The ability to do something, and the skill to do it right is what a hiring manager looks for in a job seeker.
The good news is that skills and abilities can easily be placed into resumes and cover letters so that they can be communicated to a hiring manager. Job seekers who do not take advantage of this are always at a loss. These two documents (resume and cover letter) are built around skills and competencies, and provide a great opportunity to job seekers, to highlight what they can do best.
A hiring manager will look kindly towards a job application document that is written around these qualities, and is more likely to pick you out of the lot. But if you do not place emphasis on your skills, you have a great chance of losing out on big opportunities.
Some job seekers believe that they will prove their skills once hired – the bad news is that you will not be hired if you don’t prove your skills beforehand. How does one write skills? Here are some examples of skills and abilities that you can put on your resume – and even your cover letter:
• Demonstrated ability to handle patient scheduling systems to hand out appointments, and provide appropriate follow-up.
• Effectively able to provide patients with information on what to expect during an ophthalmology test or exam.
• Highly experienced in setting up and calibrating ophthalmology equipment, and ensuring that it remains in perfect working order.
• Competent in conducting vision screening tests, such as visual acuity, color vision, tonometry, and pupil exams.
• Exceptionally talented in assisting ophthalmologists with clinical procedures and surgeries, by providing required intervention and input.
• Qualified to assist providers in cleaning contact lenses, and dispensing medication according to prescriptions.
• Proven ability to assist ophthalmologists with fitting special optometric devices, and instructing patients in the correct use and care of them.
• Adept at creating and maintaining effective liaison with suppliers and vendors to ensure timely and accurate delivery of ophthalmology supplies and equipment.
• Proficient in performing preventative and regular maintenance on ophthalmology equipment.
• Track record of efficiently creating and maintaining patients’ records, and ensuring that they are kept updated.