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A Resume that gets results.

Generally speaking, when healthcare facilities evaluate nurses they initially focus on three things: resume, skill inventory, and professional references.

Some nurses write a resume simply because they know they must have one to be considered for a job. They write their resume half heartedly and consider writing a resume a necessary evil. To these nurses, writing a resume ranks right up there with the fun of having your blood drawn.

Other nurses realize, that with a little extra effort, they can write a resume that makes them stand out as the superior candidate for the job they are seeking.

These nurses realize that although there is a national nursing shortage, there can be intense competition for nurse positions. When it comes to desirable nursing jobs, quite often, there can be up to 30 candidates competing for each opening.

The Number One Purpose Of A Resume:

Your resume is a tool with one specific purpose: To gain entrance to an interview. A resume should be an advertisement for you. It should stimulate interest in learning more about you. It should cause the healthcare facility to visualize having you working there.

Blow Them Away!

Understand that your resume will most likely be scanned vs. read. Ten to 30 seconds is all the time you have to persuade the healthcare facility to read further.

You must focus on the healthcare facility's needs, not yours. Imagine you are the manager at the healthcare facility reviewing several resumes. You want to make the right selection and that the nurse you select will do the job well. You need to write your resume to appeal to that manager.

Two Sections To A Great Resume

In section one; you need to make assertions about your abilities, personality traits, and your achievements.

In section two; you need to back up your assertions with evidence that you have actually done what you said you have done and can do what you said you can do.

Examples of specific equipment and procedures you have performed may be useful once you've gotten their attention with the initial scan. Be sure to list and explain any large "gaps" in your professional background such as time off for maternity or other personal endeavors.

The Objective:

Your resume should outline why you are the perfect candidate for the job. In addition to abilities and personality traits, healthcare facilities look for competent nurses that can "hit the floor running" and help them fulfill the service promise they make to their patients.

A Sample Format:

  • TOP: should include name, address, & phone number
  • OBJECTIVE: Your objective should be written to gain interest.
    Ie: a Registered Nurse position in an organization seeking an experienced RN that delivers extraordinary patient care and enthusiastic public relations.
  • SUMMARY: Your summary should consist of several concise statements that focus the reader's attention to the most important qualities and skills you have.
    Ie: Over 8 years experience as a critical care RN with a track record of excellent attendance and top notch performance reviews. A RN with a commitment to quality patient care and enhanced public relations. A RN that is an energetic self-starter with superb organizational skills.
  • SKILLS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS: List here what you are experienced at doing.
  • EXPERIENCE: This starts the backup to your assertions. List your experience in chronological order. Start with your most current and work back. List years, not months unless the job was held less than 1 year.
  • EDUCATION & LICENSES: List your college/ universities attended. Degrees received and years attended. Licenses held and expiration date.
  • AWARDS: List any awards you might have received post high school.
  • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: List only current professional affiliations.