Dissecting the Elements of Your Medical Assistant Resume

As always, I think there is a huge and increasing demand for medical assistants in every corner of the world. This is to keep the health care and wellness industry alive and moving, and to help many people feel better.

Medical assistants are front liners in medical offices and clinics. They perform various administrative and clinical duties, which may include, but not limited to, greeting patients, answering phone calls, filing and updating patients’ medical records, assisting patients for medical examinations, and handling billing.

Since they will be carrying heavy workloads, employers are looking for candidates who are educated and trained for the job.

I myself applied for this job but failed miserably. And from that experience, I learned my mistakes. Back then, I had no idea where to begin.

So, if you think you’ve got what it takes to enter and succeed in this industry or field, then what are you waiting for?

Jumpstart your plan by seriously preparing and developing yourmedical assistant resume and cover letter. At the same time, you need to search for job postings and carefully review their job application procedures.

Using what I have learned in recent years, allow me to show you the basics that can help you get started.

First of all, you need to include your contact information. This should be placed on the top of your application document’s first page (assuming there is a second). The format is basically the same as that of other resume types: the job seeker’s full name first, then the mailing address below it, followed by phone number and/or cellphone number, fax number, and e-mail address.

Just below the contact information, it is best to place your “Job Objective” section. A medical assistant resume should not look like a generic one, with common phrases like “to perform my duties and responsibilities well” or “to gain experience.”

Is there a better way to describe how professional you are and how you can be an asset to the employer without using these phrases? Of course, there is! You just need to rediscover yourself.

Are you a job seeker who can learn fast? Do you have a well-organized lifestyle? Can you relate well with patients and/or clients?

To give you background information on the demand for this post, the medical assistant job is considered by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics as one of the fastest-growing occupations through 2016. The primary factors that contributed to its growth are the increasing elderly population that needs additional health care support, as well as recent developments in the field of medicine.

To be very competitive, job seekers need not only have earned the necessary courses and degrees, but also obtained certification as a Certified Medical Assistant CMA or a Registered Medical Assistant RMA. In addition to this, experience matters a lot when writing your medical assistant resume. Employers are actually looking for job seekers who have previous work experiences in a health care or wellness facility, including internships you applied for, or volunteer work you have participated in.



Nelly Marshall is a seasoned career author with more than a decade producing career development materials for a large base of recruitment agencies in the U.S.  Most of his leisure time is spent on sports and photography.

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