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How to Write a Caregiver Resume

How to Write a Caregiver Resume
This article explains you the details of writing an effective caregiver resume. If you have the motherly instinct and are really passionate about serving people, then this is the right job for you.
CareerStint Staff
The job of a caregiver is indeed very noble but hardly gets the due respect. However, slowly the situation is changing and people are realizing the importance of the services provided by caregivers. Generally, they work in a home setting. Their primary duty is to assist elderly, infants, or people with disabilities, which cannot have friends or family members to take care of them, and in such situations caregivers become the second family. They virtually do everything for their clients or patients. Their job varies as per the patients they are dealing with, be it infants, children, specially abled, unwell, or elderly. Their job timing is also not fixed and it depends on the patient's needs and requirements. Sometimes they may have to live in with a patient. Their salary is subject to working hours and responsibilities handled. So, it is a challenging job but if you are passionate about serving people, then you can easily manage all the responsibilities.

Resume Format

Personal Information: You must provide the employer with personal information including your full name, address, and contact details.

Objective: You must also mention your objective with respect to the job profile.

Work Experience: If you are an experienced candidate, you should also write about your previous jobs, including years of experience, name of the previous company or employer, etc. If you are a fresher, then mention any relevant activities you have done in the past.

Key Competencies: You need to mention relevant skills you possess that make you an ideal candidate for this job. You may also mention about the skills that are not directly related to the job but would help you fulfill all the job responsibilities efficiently.

Educational Qualification: It is important for an employer to know your educational qualification so he/she can judge your potential. You must mention the details of academic record along with diplomas or degrees you hold, including the year of passing and the name of the school, university, or institute you attended.

Extra Curricular Activities: Freshers can write about their extracurricular activities in this section. You can also write about hobbies and passions that make you a well accomplished person.

Enclosures: You must provide an employer with all the relevant certificates and documents.

This is the general format of resume writing. But you need to make it unique by presenting it in a different way and by personalizing it with your own skills and qualifications. To get a definite idea, you can refer to an example provided below:

Sample Resume

David Campbell
39, Wellington Mews,
East Street, New York.

davidc@gmail.com
982-203-5940

Date March 7, 2014.

Objective
  • After working for three years providing mentally challenged persons with utmost care, I am looking forward to a position of a caregiver, where my expertise in dealing with differently abled persons will be well utilized.
Work Experience
  • Worked for one year with a social service organization (Helpage America, California)
  • Worked for elderly people suffering from Alzheimer's disorder
  • Worked with mentally retarded child care department of St. Mary Hospital, California for one year
  • Working as an independent caregiver for mentally challenged persons from last one year
Key Skills
  • Good knowledge about psychological and mental disorders
  • Knowledge about dealing with people with disabilities
  • Specialized communication skills to suit the needs of mentally challenged people
  • Experience in maintaining medicine logbooks
  • Can easily identify the vital signs
  • Tactful handling of critical and emergency situations
Educational Qualification
  • Bachelors in Humanities from California University, 2005
  • Diploma in Mental Health Development, California University, 2007
Extra Curricular Activities
  • Have worked as a volunteer with many social organizations dealing with mentally challenged people
Hobbies and Interests
  • Reading books on mental health
  • Interested in music therapy
  • Passion for music
Enclosures

From this example, you will be able to draft a comprehensive and effective resume. You can also write a cover letter. Maintain a professional tone throughout the resume and draft it in such a way that you seem like the perfect deserving candidate for the job.