Paramedics respond to emergency calls, perform medical services and transport patients to medical facilities. Paramedics drive ambulances, monitor and stabilize patients.
In general, Paramedics require a higher level of education than EMTs. They perform all the same functions as EMTs, plus some more advanced medical services. The infographic below highlights a few key differences between Paramedics and EMTs.
How to Write a Summary for a Paramedic
Your summary is a few sentences at the top of the resume that states who you are, what you do, and what you want next. This is meant to be brief and concise; you want to offer an overview of your candidacy for the position.
Mention your previous experience. Did you work as an EMT on your college campus? Have you worked in other aspects of the medical world?
Describe your greatest strength. Are you patient? Are you great under pressure?
Explain what you’re eager to accomplish in the next stage of your career. Are you looking to work on a medical helicopter team? Do you want to work in a big city or a rural area? Are you certified to drive an ambulance?
Example: Compassionate Paramedic with experience both in a hospital and in the ambulance. Led extractions to rescue survivors on the mountains and provided emergency medical services to patients of all ages.
How to List Your Work Experience as a Paramedic
Use reverse chronological format. List your most recent jobs first, as this shows managers how you’ve gained experience in the industry.
Use action verbs related to being a Paramedic. Verbs are critical to demonstrating what you can do for the company. Review the following list for some powerful examples.
Tip: Always begin your bullet points with a verb, and try to use a variety of action verbs throughout your resume (i.e., don’t repeat the same three).
Senior Level Work Experience as a Paramedic
Drove 250+ calls. Led team of 4--5 EMTs on 50% of calls
Commended 2X by the medical director for excellent documentation
Managed inventory and reduced costs 15% through better vendor sourcing
Provided life-support services during medical emergencies on scene and en route to the hospital
Operated and maintained ambulances and other emergency vehicles in a safe and efficient manner
Served on 6 extractions in the mountains of Colorado, including night-time extractions, winter extractions, and water extractions
Junior Level Work Experience as a Paramedic
Worked as volunteer on Denver ambulance service
Drove 4 transports from local nursing home to hospital
Reviewed patient files and records, including allergies, medications, and immunization statuses to ensure proper patient medical treatment
Conducted physical assessments of the patient’s body to identify wounds and physical abrasions
Started intravenous therapy on patients of all ages
Performed EKGs on patients of all ages
Assessed situations rapidly and administered appropriate treatment
Administered medications when appropriate and in line with the patients’ medical history and needs
Work Experience as a Paramedic at a Medical Center
Administered IV medications during a procedure, under the direction of an ED physician, and in accordance with established protocols
Assessed patient’s status pre, during and post procedure and communicates accurately and timely any concerns or changes to staff
Assessed vital signs, weighed patients, collected routine specimens in accordance with established procedures
Administered and controlled State approved medications, including restricted substances like opioids
Prepared, monitored, and discontinued intravenous fluids
Applied and administered O2 flow as prescribed by ED Physician
Assisted physicians and nursing staff with procedures utilizing aseptic/sterile techniques including but not limited to IV set-up, intubation, suturing, arterial lines, and chest tubes
Cleaned and prepared rooms between procedures and after discharges; monitored and restocked supplies
Collected information through history, physical examination and records ensuring information is accurately documented and reported
How to List Your Skills as a Paramedic
Hard skills like EKG and other technology knowledge are important, but so are soft skills like compassion and teamwork.
Incorporate a variety of both soft and hard skills into your resume in order to demonstrate that you are a well-rounded candidate.
How to List Your Education as a Paramedic
Paramedics first need to be EMT-certified, as this is the first step. They then require an associate’s degree, which can be obtained from a community college or technical institution. They must also have a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. Lastly, Paramedics must complete a postsecondary educational program in emergency medical technology -- which can take anywhere from less than one year to two years.
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Many job seekers get stuck in this interview question. Yes, it can be hard to identify your own strengths and weaknesses, but if you focus on a few key points and provide relevant examples, you'll do just fine.