Paramedic Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 19,778 Paramedic resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Paramedic Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Emergency Room, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Paramedic Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Paramedic CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand paramedic skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a paramedic : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Paramedic
IV, 5%
EMS, 4%
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Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 19,778 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a paramedic job required by employers is 1.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average paramedic job listing asks for 1.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average paramedic candidate have?
The average paramedic resume contains 5.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your paramedic skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from paramedic resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Paramedic
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Public Health
  • Respond to a variety of emergencies, including heart attacks, injuries, cardiac problems and childbirth.
  • Transferred high risk patients to higher level of care hospitals for intensive care.
  • Perform business inspections daily and reoccurring inspections of a certain business yearly for business license certifications or renewals.
  • Fire Suppression Advance EMS Technical Rescue Hazmat Response
  • Transport of Adult, Maternal, Pediatric, and IABP patients.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Paramedic
Certificate - Medicine
  • Trained EMT- basics and EMT-I as well as did CPR instructing.
  • Checked forcible entry tools along with Hazmat procedures Drove apparatus daily according to fire department rules
  • Provided patient care during transport, assisted paramedics with patient stabilization, monitored vitals during patient transport
  • Completed Systems of Offshore Survival at the Marine Survival Training Center.
  • Operate equipment such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators and bag bag-valve mask resuscitators in advanced life-support environments.
First Aid Instructor (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Paramedic
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Social Work
  • Transport clients to and from day program and all apt, and outings.
  • Teach CPR and First Aid classes to campus recreation employee's certifications.
  • Teach and assist students in the comprehension of the California Life and Code of Ethics curriculum.
  • Provide instruction of Tai Chi forms and principles to adult members.
  • Grade paper exams in Speech, Careers, and Essential Mathematics.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Paramedic
Certificate - Biology
  • Field Training Officer, including enterprise technology adoption and coordinating pre-hospital clinical trials.
  • Managed critically ill medical and trauma patients requiring advanced medical care, including titration and administration of controlled medications.
  • Administered CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) when needed on coding patients.
  • Provide receiving facility with a summary report of treatment given and patient's medical condition.
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As a paramedic, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Paramedic roles often require a Post-Secondary Certificate degree or higher, so the majority of paramedic resumes that we looked at contained a post-secondary certificate degree.
Based on our analysis of paramedic resumes, the most common major for paramedic candidates is Medical Technician, but other majors made their way in as well. Nursing, Business and Fire Science And Protection were relatively common.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Paramedic Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Paramedics. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Paramedics to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%