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5 EMT Resume Examples That Landed Jobs In 2021

Author: Stephen Greet, Co-founder
Published on: May 13, 2021

There’s no question that careers in EMS are some of the most rewarding. But EMT’s also hold one of the most stressful occupations, where the pre-hospital care you provide needs to be perfect under immense pressure and you’re forced to adapt to fast-changing conditions.

You spend your days saving lives. You should not need to divert any of your attention away from medicine to craft your perfect resume. 

That’s where we come in. At BeamJobs, we’ve studied 1,000+ EMT resumes to discover what does (and what does not) get EMT applicants interviews in 2021. 

We consolidated this information into 5 free resume examples and 10+ helpful tips to make sure your resume stands out from the crowd. 

If you’re just starting on the job hunt for your next EMT position, congratulations! As stressful as the job hunt can be, you’re already taking the first step by reading this guide.

EMT Resume

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EMT resume example

Why this resume works

  • Notice the numbers on this resume? 
    • We recommend including metrics for as many of your bullet points as possible, or at least 80% of them. 
    • Metrics efficiently demonstrate your capability in a small amount of space.
      • This is important because you want to pack as much potent information onto the page as you can without overwhelming the reader. Numbers are the best way to help make sure your resume shows your value quickly.
    • Anyone can say they “wrote down patient information”, but it’s more impactful to say “Retrieved patient data quickly and accurately, reducing the time to physician care by 8%”.
  • Fortunately, there are a lot of metrics to draw from and include on your resume.
    • For example, think about the number of patients you saw per shift, the amount of time saved by avoiding traffic, the amount of time it takes you to perform patient assessments, performance reviews, your compliance with laws and policies, the reduced instance of infectious disease due to hygiene standards, and areas where you boosted efficiency in co-worker communication, hospital communication, or treatment.

Emergency Medical Technician Resume

Emergency Medical Technician resume example

Why this resume works

  • One thing you need to make sure you include on your EMT resume is a resume skills section.
    • The resume skills section highlights the hard and soft skills you possess that are especially suited to the job. They make it easier for hiring managers to glean key information quickly. 
    • The skills section is critical because hiring managers often use resume reading software called ATS to throw out resumes that do not match at least 80% of the job skills they’re looking for.
      • That means your resume might be thrown out before it even reaches human eyes if you don’t include the right skills!
  • As an EMT it is absolutely essential that you have unique skills for the job. Not only do these skills help preserve the life of your patients, they help you and your co-workers stay safe on the job.
    • We recommend you include skills such as mental fortitude, adaptability, teamwork, the ability to work under pressure, creative problem solving, basic life support, communication, attention to detail, and situational awareness.

Entry Level EMT Resume

Entry Level EMT resume example

Why this resume works

  • Getting into the healthcare sector is tricky. How do you demonstrate important EMS skills when you don’t have relevant job experiences?
    • Thankfully, hiring managers understand that not all applicants will have ample experience. Hiring managers are experts in evaluating job potential based off of unrelated job titles.
  • When you list unrelated job experiences, you can still highlight relevant skills such as collaboration, time management, organization, communication, and ability to learn and remember many different things.
  • As an entry level worker, you can include any healthcare related volunteer work, courses you’ve taken in physiology, or even high-pressure/high-stress sports you’ve competed in!
    • You may even consider including ambulance ride-along’s you attended during EMT training.

First Responder Resume

First Responder resume example

Why this resume works

  • This resume makes a strong case for hiring managers while using a limited number of words.
    • You can make your first responder resume more impactful by utilizing action words, present tense, active voice, quantifiable metrics, short sentences, and multiple bullet points per work experience.
  • A few action words that work especially well for EMT resumes are organized, forged, utilized, conveyed, initiated, handled, and collaborated.
    • Use these at the start of each bullet point to take ownership of your contributions. Your resume is not the right place to be bashful about your accomplishments. 
    • Avoid starting sentences with words like “helped” or “aided”.
  • If you’re having trouble with this, don’t worry. Grammatically correct, succinct, approachable resumes are incredibly difficult to write without years of experience.
    • That’s why we created this resume checker to help give you actionable feedback to improve.

Emergency Medical Responder Resume

Emergency Medical Responder resume example

Why this resume works

  • This resume includes a resume objective.
    • Resume objectives lay the groundwork for your emergency medical responder resume. They provide hiring managers with an introduction for your resume and a summary of what you’d bring to the job if you were hired. 
    • But not every resume needs a resume objective.
      • We recommend you include an objective if you’re just starting out in the field and need to fill up a bit of space, or if you’re going through a career change.
      • The resume objective can provide you with a great opportunity to describe why your past work experiences are relevant for the job you’re applying to!
  • If you do include a resume objective, it absolutely must be specialized for each job you apply to.
    • Read job descriptions carefully and include relevant skills, the job title, the company name, and something about the company.
      • In this example, the resume includes the job title (Emergency Medical Responder), years of experience (11), skills (proven track record of diligent patient assessment, rapid treatment, and effective collaboration), something about the company (well-respected), and the company name (SD Emergency Services).
      • Avoid including generic resume objectives, which will make hiring managers think you’re not specifically interested in working for this company.
  • Make sure your resume objective is at the top of the page and that it doesn’t include any more than 2 to 3 punchy sentences. Don’t go overboard and write a full paragraph, which won’t leave you with enough room for your work experiences.
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