Resume Writing Tips for Nurses
So, yes. Finally! You have survived years of nursing school, sleepless night studying and of course, the dreaded board exam. Now what’s next? It’s time to finally reach your dream and apply as a nurse. However, there is one problem. Being a fresh graduate, you don’t really get what to include in your resume. What really is needed when you make your resume? What does it take to get considered by employers? Here are some tips.
Pick the best type of resume for your situation.
When writing a resume, consider this question first: Are you applying to a job within your field? If this is the case, then you should write a chronological resume showcasing your previous employers and accomplishments. While if you’re applying to a position in a different field, a skill-based resume that highlights the relevant experience you obtained from education, employment and hobbies is ideal. Are you eyeing a position in the academe? Then a curriculum vitae (CV) would be the best fit, which will feature your areas of interest, accomplishments, published works, presentations and associations.
Format for easy reading
Make a resume that’s easy to scan and that draws attention to your key experiences. You may consider using bullet points, action-oriented verbs and bolded words and phrases.
Write a professional profile instead of an objective statement.
This illustrates the value you’ll bring to the organization and gives you the perfect platform to summarize your experience and areas of expertise.
Match your resume to the job description
Focus on relevant accomplishments in your resume that pertain to the specific position you’re looking at, put the most relevant items at the top and remove ones that aren’t applicable and/or necessary. This shows that you’ve read the job description carefully and that you know how your skills relate to the position.
Add professional achievements and special skills.
Be sure to showcase a range of skills and demonstrate how your strengths impact multiple areas of the job. Set yourself apart by listing some career-related highlights that make you unique, including your awards, associations, publications, honors, committees, foreign languages, computer expertise, etc. You may also want to include your technical experience, but be sure that it is related to the position that you are applying for especially electronic medical records and state-of-the-art technology.
Consider the appropriate length of the resume
Yes, you may want to go on and on with how fit you are for the job, but remember, no one is paying attention to the word count here.The size of your resume should be based on your experience. For example, if you’re a new grad, your resume should only be one page, while a seasoned professional can have up to two full pages. As for a curriculum vitae, it can be four or more pages since it offers a more detailed synopsis.