How to Build a Caregiver Resume That Will Stand Out to Employers
Since you must have a promise of employment from a New Jersey Home Care Agency before obtaining a certificate, I am going to teach you how to stand out in an interview. Many people enrolled in the New Jersey Caregiver Academy’s CHHHA program do not have any prior caregiving experience and fear that their resume may be lacking in content. Have no fear; you probably possess many of the skills that qualify you to be a great caregiver! Whether you’re experienced or not, here are a few key qualifications that you’ll want to highlight on your resume.
This is just a basic overview of what to include on your resume.
Basic Things to include on a resume:
Valid Drivers License
CPR Certification ( if you have it)
Any customer service roles
Family Caregiving Experience: if you’ve cared for an aging family member or friend, include it! It doesn’t matter if it wasn’t paid, experience is experience.
Volunteer work: I volunteer at Red Cross Blood Drives and make baked goods for the people donating blood and chat with them to keep them occupied while ensuring that their sugar levels remain stable.
If you’ve had any experience with the following, please make sure to include it in your resume. Individuals with these experiences and qualifications will stand out to future employers.
Experience with Alzheimer's or Dementia
Caring for someone with cancer or other life-threatening condition.
Any psychology courses or field experience.
NJ Caregiver Academy Requirements
You must have a promise of employment from a New Jersey Home Care Agency before obtaining a certificate.
Remember, a resume is only a snapshot of your achievements and qualifications. You’ll want to have examples to back up what you’ve included on your resume. For example, employers love to say, “So I see on your resume that you are a problem solver, tell me about a time you were faced with a challenge and how did you resolve it.” Don’t include anything on your resume that you are not prepared to backup and do not lie about qualification or other experience. It will only come back to hurt you in the long run and employers appreciate honesty. Even if you’ve never had any type of senior home health care experience, talk about a time you babysat or even a simple customer service role. Your hiring manager is looking for strong positive communication skills and how you interact with people, even how you interact with them. Chances are you may be having a phone interview while your resume is pulled up in front of them on a screen. Have a copy in front of you and just be yourself!
If you are interested in becoming a certified homemaker-home health aide but don’t know where to start, please visit the New Jersey Caregiver Academy’s website for information about the training programs we offer. Our personalized training courses are also offered in an online format as well for those busy individuals looking to get certified on their own time. You can also get your questions answered by calling us at 609-416-2442 or by visiting our FAQ page on our website. We look forward to hearing from you and getting you started on this wonderful program.