Resume App Helps Caregivers Prepare for Job Search

Looking for a new job in any field can be stressful. Particularly for caregivers in the digital age, learning the various online tools to search and knowing how to present yourself the right way to get hired can be puzzling, to say the least. The PathSource Resume app gives users the ability to build a professional resume right on their phone. 

When users first open the app, they are presented with a series of intro screens detailing all of the functions of the app. After caregivers swipe through all of the options, they come to the final screen which shows them a button to begin building a resume, and a claim that it will take under 10 minutes. 

The first part of the guided process takes caregivers through a list of contact information, such as name, address, etc. Then it asks for employment status. If you indicate that you are currently employed, then it asks for all of the information about your current position, such as company name, job title, dates of employment, and responsibilities. Private caregivers might list private family, individual caregiver, self-employed or another fitting phrase under the company name. For more help building your resume, read Caregiverlist's resume tips and tricks.

The next section asks about education information, including any degrees and certificates earned in the past or ones that a caregiver is actively pursuing right now. Then, the app asks users to select the industry in which they plan to use their resume for. Home care or caregiving is not an option. Caregivers may need to settle for the closest category they can find, which might be Nursing Assistant or something similar. 


Then the basics of building a resume have been completed. Caregivers can then go to the design tool and choose between several pre-designed templates available in the app. Remembering that the goal of a resume is simply to display pertinent information about your job history, picking a clean layout without too much excess frill will make your information stand out best. 

When users move to export their resume, the app also analyzes it and makes suggestions for future actions to strengthen your career, such as school programs to pursue. It also provides a market outlook on job growth and salary information. Once their resume has been completed, caregivers can apply for caregiver jobs on Caregiverlist. 

The PathSource Resume app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko 

Caregiver Career Advancement With LinkedIn App

LinkedIn offers caregivers a chance to connect with people and organizations that they may be interested in working with in a professional online space. The LinkedIn app offers caregivers the ability to make connections, participate in group discussions and look for local organizations on the go. 

When new users download the LinkedIn app, they need to either link their existing LinkedIn profile to the app or create a new profile. To create a LinkedIn profile, new users can either upload their resume for the computer to autofill information or they can simply go through and manually type in some details of their work history. If you need assistance building a resume, use the Caregiverlist Resume Builder. In addition to work history, users can also list professional training on their profile, such as Caregiverlist Basic Training

Then, LinkedIn gives the option to upload a photo. Placing a picture on your profile provides a nice touch, just remember to use a professional looking headshot. If you don't have an existing photo that meets that criteria, put on a nice shirt and ask a friend to snap a few pictures of you against a neutral background. 

Once users have entered their profile information, they are taken to the newsfeed which serves as the homepage within the app. Users can see what their connections have shared lately on this feed. A menu on the left side of the app pops out when users click the LinkedIn logo displayed in the top bar. It's not obvious that this will bring up a menu, but once users click on it options for Jobs, People You May Know, Connections, Companies, etc. will appear. 



One of the features of LinkedIn gives applicants the ability to look at a company profile with snapshot information about the size of a company, their overall company summary and current staff. Say you search for a position at a care agency in our Caregiving Career Center and would like to learn more about the company. By going to LinkedIn and searching the name of the company, you can pull up their profile and read more about them. Plus, information about a recruiter who works for that company might be included on their profile so you can contact them directly for more details on the position. 

The more people you connect with on LinkedIn, the more opportunities you create to be introduced to someone professionally. Say you have a connection with a fellow caregiver who used to work for an agency where you now decided to apply for a job. LinkedIn will show you that your connection is also connected to someone who works at that agency, and you can request that they introduce you to that person for online networking. 

Groups on the LinkedIn app also provide more networking. Search caregiving and you will find local and national scale groups devoted to caregiver issues and networking. 

The LinkedIn app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 


Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 




-Paige Krzysko



Pages App Features Templates for Resumes, Letters: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Knowing the correct format for correspondence can be difficult. Creating an easy to read resume that highlights your talents as a senior caregiver and an accompanying cover letter about your work experience makes a big difference in getting hired. The Pages app features resume, letter and other templates for easy creation of professional documents.

As a caregiver, your resume should reflect all of your past work experience and any training you've completed. There are six different resume template choices in the Pages app, so users can select the one that best represents the feel they'd like for the information they're sharing. Most are generally alike. The elegant resume and the informal resume both use the same basic components for the body, offering users the chance to define their professional summary before highlighting work experience, education/training,  skills, etc. 

Once a template is selected, the entire resume template can be edited on the user's smartphone. The template comes with filler text that can be deleted, replaced and customized with the user's experience. If a particular section isn't applicable, users can easily delete it from the template as well. Once all of the user's experience is filled in, the options to print, share via iCloud or e-mail make it easy for caregivers to send their resume whichever way is most convenient for them. The e-mail option includes a conversion to PDF, which is a format that can be opened on virtually any device. 

The other template options include letters, which can be used to create a cover letter detailing why you'd like a specific position as a caregiver. Other templates include envelopes, business cards, greeting cards, etc. for other personal and professional uses. 

 

The pages app is available for free for Apple platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Resumes for C.N.A.’s: Do Certified Nursing Aides Need a Resume?

Certified Nursing Aide jobs or C.N.A. jobs, are in high demand.  Nursing homes and Assisted Living communities providing senior caregiving services must maintain a minimum staffing level of C.N.A.’s to meet licensing requirements.  Usually a minimum number of nursing assistants are required for each “wing” of a building or for a certain number of residents.  Back-up C.N.A.’s are also required because even if 1 C.N.A. calls off sick, they must be replaced to keep up with patient care needs.

 

C.N.A.’s complete a training program through a school sanctioned by the state’s Department of Health and then must pass the state C.N.A. exam to become a “certified” nursing aide.

 

As a C.N.A. certificate provides documentation that you have met the basic criteria for working as a Certified Nursing Assitant, do you also need a C.N.A. resume?

 

The answer is yes, if you are applying for a competitive position at a preferred nursing home, assisted living community, hospital or senior home care agency.  Top C.N.A. positions are always desired by many because of the desirable benefits and working conditions.  Some of the newer Assisted Living communities are beautiful luxury buildings and you will not be the only C.N.A. who wants to work for them.

 

Flexible C.N.A. positions also are competitive as many others will desire the flexible schedules to meet their lifestyle demands.  The good news is that at least half of C.N.A.’s do not customize a professional resume.  Follow our C.N.A. resume tips and use our FREE Resume builder tool to set yourself apart from the competition when you apply for a C.N.A. job.

 

C.N.A. Resume Tips

 

1)     Organize your work history:  just write out the names, addresses and dates of your prior jobs.

 

 

2)     Organize your education history:  list the high school and nursing assistant school you attended along with dates of graduation

 

 

3)     Organize your contact information:  write out your name, address, telephone and email address -  be sure to create a professional email address if you do not have one (go to gmail and create a new one if your current email address is your nickname or sassy in any fashion – you want to have an email address that includes your first and last name and just add a “number” such as 1, 2, 3, etc., if your name is taken).

 

4)     References:  Usually 3 references are required for a job and can be both professional and personal references.  Think of 3 people who were either co-workers, neighbors or long-time friends who can vouch for your character.

 

5)     Mission Statement:  Why do you want to work as a C.N.A.?  Try to really think of the reasons and events in your life which lead you to work in the industry of caregiving and feel free to add your own personal flair here – this is what will separate you from all the competition.

 

6)     Volunteer:  If you have performed volunteer work, be sure to add this as it will demonstrate you have an interest in working in senior care or with the disabled that goes beyond just making money to pay the bills.  Although the fulfillment of caregiving is great, the work can be challenging and employers want to see that you are attracted to working as a C.N.A. for more than just a job.  If you do not have volunteer experience, ask around to find a volunteer opportunity at a nursing home or with a community organization as this will also help your application stand out from others.

 

7)     Proof your information:  double-check the dates, names and addresses to make sure your information and especially telephone numbers and email addresses of your references and former employers are correct.  Run spell-check but remember that spell-check cannot capture everything so have a friend or family member also read your information and provide feedback.

 

8)     Build your C.N.A. Resume with FREE Online Tool:  you may access Caregiverlist’s FREE Caregiver and C.N.A. resume builder tool to fashion a professional resume to attach to your C.N.A. job application.

 

Once you have a resume, you are ready to apply for a C.N.A. job.  As seniors are living longer, they also are preferring to age-in-place in areas where there is a nice climate or where they have children and grandchildren.  Caregiverlist’s proprietary hiring tools are used by top senior care companies nationwide and while every city and town in the U.S.A. with nursing homes and hospitals need C.N.A.’s these are the most popular cities for C.N.A. jobs.

 

 

Top Cities for Employment as a Certified Nursing Assistant

 

Chicago, IL:  Apply for a Chicago C.N.A. job

 

Phoenix, AZ:  Apply for a Phoenix C.N.A. job

 

Miami, FL:  Apply for a Miami C.N.A. Job

 

Orlando, FL:  Apply for an Orlando C.N.A. Job

 

Houston, TX:  Apply for a Houston C.N.A. Job

 

San Diego, CA:  Apply for a San Diego C.N.A. Job

 

Los Angeles, CA:  Apply for a Los Angeles C.N.A. Job

 

San Francisco, CA:  Apply for a San Francisco C.N.A. Job

 

Portland, OR:  Apply for a Portland C.N.A. Job

 

Seattle, WA:  Apply for a Seattle C.N.A. Job

 

You may also take a sample C.N.A. test or a practice C.N.A. test if you would like to explore becoming a C.N.A.  Companion caregivers may not be required to have formal experience and is an easy way to test the waters of working in the senior care field.  You may apply for a companion caregiver job in your area on Caregiverlist.  You may also research C.N.A. schools in your area in Caregiverlist's Career Center.

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