Creating a resume can be stressful, but there's no need to worry! In this blog post, we'll take a look at who health educators are and what they do, as well as provide you with resume-building tips, like:
- Highlight your education
- Promote your experience
- Earn a health education credential
- Create an engaging cover letter
- Customize your job application
- List your liability insurance
Who are Health Educators and What Do They Do?
Health Educators, also known as Health Education Specialists, are defined as professionals who provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Additionally, these educators collect and analyze data to identify community needs before planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy ways of life, policies, and environments. Some of the settings that Health Education Specialists work in are:
- Outpatient care centers
- Family services
Tips for an Exceptional Health Education Resume
According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the field of Health Education is projected to grow 13% by 2029, which is considered much faster than the average for all occupations. With this being said, your resume needs to stand out — but, how can you set yourself apart?
Highlight Your Education
First, make sure that you have completed the proper education courses and have received your diploma(s). This tip may be a given, but it is very important. When creating your resume, certain information should be listed near the top, such as:
- Name of your college or university
- City and state that the college or university is located in
- Years of attendance
- Type of degree (bachelor’s or graduate)
- If you have a graduate degree, make sure that this degree is written before your bachelor’s degree
It's also a good idea to list any honors or awards that you have received, as well as any relevant coursework. This information will be helpful to companies when weeding out the candidates that do not have the proper education.
Promote Your Experience
This section is one of the most important and is where you should really sell yourself. You'll want to feature all of your work experiences, internships, and any volunteer experiences that are related to health education. Be as specific and detail-oriented as you can about each experience, job, or project you completed and relate it back to the particular requirements that the organization is looking for.
Also, it's a good idea to highlight both your hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills will be more focused on knowledge of technology and systems, like the Electronic Health Record System (EHR). Soft skills are more personality-based, like:
- Works well under pressure
- Can communicate well
- Is a team player
Earn the Certified Health Education Specialist Credential (CHES®)
Another key tip to making your resume stand out is to complete the CHES® exam and receive the national-level certification. The CHES® exam is offered two times a year (April and October) consists of 165 total questions — 150 of these questions are scored, while the other 15 items are used as pilot items and are not contributed to your final score. There is a time limit of 180 minutes to complete this exam. Also, the test is divided into 7 different sections, which reflect the 7 Areas of Responsibility of Health Education Specialists:
- Assess Needs, Resources, and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion
- Plan Health Education/Promotion
- Implement Health Education/Promotion
- Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion
- Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion
- Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person
- Communicate, Promote, & Advocate for Health & the Professional of Health Education/Promotion
This certification is important as it will prove you possess the versatility and skillsets to practice in many different career settings, across the country and even overseas. So, once you pass the CHES® exam, make sure to include this information on your resume.
Create an Engaging Cover Letter
To make your application stand out from the competition, it is essential that you create an engaging and creative cover letter to send along with your resume. According to Kyle Elliott (MPA, CHES-certified), the most effective ways for your cover letter to stand out are:
- Begin your letter with what drew you to the company and position
- Keep this information short and sweet
- Highlight what sets you apart from other job applicants
- Use stories and examples from your career to back up these statements
- End with a clear call-to-action statement
- Make sure this statement is written as an active statement and not passive
- Consider a testimonial to set you apart from other job seekers
- This testimonial should be a real testimony from a current or former colleague or a previous client
Furthermore, if you are applying for the job through a recruiter, make sure to include your recruiter’s contact information at the top of your cover letter.
Customize Your Resume
When applying for jobs, especially in the health education industry, it is important to customize your resume to the job posting. You'll want to make sure to integrate the specific job requirements and keywords into your career summary. Also, when possible, include your accomplishments on your resume that pertain to this certain role.
List Your Liability Insurance
Lastly, depending on what setting you are planning to work in, liability insurance could be an additional asset. Liability insurance is defined as a type of insurance that financially protects doctors and other medical field workers (including Health Education Specialists) when courts award patients’ financial damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Specifically, if you are looking to work in private practice, liability insurance will be needed. This is another important piece of information to include on your resume if applicable.
Looking to Further Your Health Education Career?
NCHEC, also known as the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc., is known for promoting, improving, and protecting the health of people through upholding the highest quality standards in health education certifications. This organization offers two certification programs, the CHES® (Certified Health Education Specialist) & MCHES® (Master Certified Health Education Specialist). Additionally, NCHEC promotes professional development and helps individuals strengthen their skills in professional preparation and practice.
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