AFTER. Healthcare Consultant Story-based Resume.

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BEFORE. Healthcare Consultant Original Resume.


Resume Discussion.

Client H had eleven years of work experience under his belt when I began working with him. He’d spent the first part of his career as the Head of Business Development and Operations for Anco-Eaglin, an industrial equipment manufacturer. Four years ago he’d transitioned to an Engagement Manger role in the healthcare practice at Zebra, a RTLS (real-time-location technology) provider. Now Client H wanted to switch from healthcare consulting to an internal strategy role at a major healthcare provider.

He thought that the network he’d developed serving clients like New York Presbyterian and the Cleveland Clinic would help him get a foot in the door. Still, he needed a resume that would serve as an extension of the positive impression he’d make in interview. I agreed and added that a strong resume would be valuable to internal decision makers who might receive his resume from a colleague and ‘meet’ him for the first time on paper rather than in person.

The problem was that his resume was basically a long job description. It told the reader everything about what his job was but absolutely nothing about how he did it. Have a look at an example of Client H’s original bullet points. Slide to reveal his new story-based bullet points.

Client H’s story-based resume differs from his original resume in that:

  • The story-based resume fits on one page. That makes for a better reader experience (the original resume spans two pages).
  • Internal strategy roles often go to candidates who are persuasive (able to identify strategic initiatives and then convince others of his idea) and practical (able to implement those strategic initiatives). With that in mind, Client H’s story-based resume intentionally highlights stories around relationship management and project management.
  • The story-based resume better articulates Client H’s storyline by making it clear who his employers is (Zebra) and who his clients are (the Cleveland Clinic and New York Presbyterian). This was unclear in his original resume.
  • The story-based resume integrates an interesting period in Client H’s career making luxury wooden boats as well as his dedication to running duathlons and triathalons. Initially Client H didn’t realize that his boatmaking actually made for a more interesting and well-rounded narrative.

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