While large corporations in other industries may rely on automated applicant tracking systems to sift through resumes and attempt to identify the best candidates for an open position through keywords and algorithms, most eye care practices employ a much simpler approach of reading through candidate resumes and CV’s manually. As the doctor or office manager, it can often be a challenge to identify the best candidate for your open position based off of a single document.

As a vision recruiting firm, we know all too well what it’s like to read through giant stacks of resumes and CV’s. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, filtering out the best candidates can quickly turn into a very daunting and frustrating task. Over the years we’ve come to recognize several key areas to pay attention to that will most often indicate very quickly whether a candidate is a good fit for your practice. So what should a doctor or manager look for on a candidate’s resume/CV?

Here are some items on a candidate’s resume/CV to pay particular attention to:

  1. Education (school and graduation date) – Knowing when and where a candidate received their degree is the first indicator of whether or not he or she is a good fit for your practice. How long ago did the candidate graduate? Did he or she graduate with honors? If a practice is looking to bring in a new grad as their next associate, this is the first place to look.
  2. Notable CE/Residency Programs – Continuing education courses can have a positive impact on a candidate’s ability to treat patients, grow the practice, and meet state licensure requirements. Making sure a candidate is licensed to work in your state before scheduling an interview can help avoid many unforeseen issues and prevent wasting time on unqualified candidates.
  3. Quantifiable Accomplishments – It’s likely that almost every candidate will put an objective statement on his or her resume claiming to be great with patients and staff, exceptionally team oriented, very willing to learn, and so on. But what can the candidate do to better the practice’s bottom line? Good chairside manner is essential, but a friendly candidate with a terrible production average isn’t going to help grow your practice. Let the numbers do the talking on the candidate’s resume. You’ll have a chance to observe the candidate’s personality during the interview. For now, focus on the numbers in front of you and the value he or she can add to your practice.
  4. Special Skills and Training – What special skills does the candidate have? Does he or she have special training in glaucoma, low vision, or pediatric treatment? Can the candidate perform an eye exam in Spanish? Hiring a candidate with additional skills means keeping more cases in-house, which directly affects your practice’s bottom line.
  5. References – Take a look at the references listed on the candidate’s resume/CV. If you’re in a smaller community, chances are you might already know the candidate or at least one of the references listed. If everything else on a candidate’s resume checks out, go ahead and reach out to their references. Sometimes doing so can provide incredibly valuable insight into a candidate’s character, professionalism, skillset, and personality before they ever sit down for an interview.

If you’re looking to hire a new associate or staff member for your eye care practice, consider reaching out to us at ETS Vision! We’re regularly in touch with hundreds of optometrist, ophthalmologists, and vision staff every day. Contact your local recruiter now and let us start searching for your next great team member.

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