As a recruiter for Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Brittany Aaronian looks at a lot of resumes.
While it’s important to have a CV that’s easy to read and well-organized, what really surprises Aaronian is what people fail to include sometimes.
“Contact information, like your email and a phone number that we can actually reach you at is a great must-have,” she said. “It’s very important to have that information and then it’s really nice to have a follow up. I think that’s important, if they’re very interested in a job, is to follow up when they apply.”
Another tip, she said, is to have a resume that focuses more on experience rather than an applicant’s career goals or aspirations.
“I don’t look for objectives,” she said. “I look for what have they done, where have they volunteered. What kind of experience do they have, have they been in this field before or are they just starting out? If you’re just starting out, that is absolutely OK, but we don’t look for goals or what you’re looking to do because we clearly know what you’re looking to do.”
Why should I work for Community Regional Medical Center?
We are the largest Level 1 trauma center in the Central Valley between Bakersfield and Sacramento. We have four different hospitals: Community Regional, Clovis Community, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital and then we also have our Community Behavioral Health Center as well. We are the largest employer in the Central Valley with more than 8,000 employees. Our benefits are amazing. We are affiliated with UCSF, so we’re known to be a teaching facility. Everybody’s very comfortable and open about asking questions and learning at our facility.
Do you help with relocation?
We do. We help relocate, so depending where you’re coming from we have relocation packages, sign-on bonuses. We’re expanding like crazy so we’re growing. We have new facilities to be at as well.
What are the most in-demand positions you are hiring for?
Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists for inpatient or outpatient. We’re also looking for pediatric focus as well, so we have per diem, part-time and full-time. We have a constant need for hiring because of the role of the facility. It’s a Level 1 trauma center so our volume is absolutely incredible. We’re always in need of PTs, OTs and SLPs.
What’s Fresno like? Is there a lack of applicants in the area?
Fresno is a great place to live. We’re just three hours north. The cost of living is very affordable over there so we are attracting the best talent possible to come to the Fresno area. It’s good to be on the proactive side versus reactive in recruiting, so getting our name out there and getting what we do as a facility out there is a good thing.
Do you have any advice for graduates heading into the job market?
It’s a competitive market. In rehab it’s hard to find PTs, OTs and SLPs, especially with a specialty of pediatrics. It’s competitive, but go where your heart leads you. Pay is going to attract you to go to certain areas but you have to think about it more as a whole. The pay — it’s going to be there, but then you’re also going to have the chance to learn at our hospital. You’re going to have benefits that are going to be better than at some different places. Relocating, lower cost-of-living, it all plays a factor into it.
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