You would be amazed at how many people in our current day and age don’t know how to write a resume. What seemingly is common sense often gets ignored, left out or incorrectly stated when it comes to having the right information. This is particularly important for nurses because your resume for the most part … is your interview. For the time it takes the hiring manager or staffing recruiter to look at your resume, that’s the time you have to make your impression. So here’s the basics.
Start with a strong objective statement. In this statement make sure you include all the relevant information related to the exact job you want –include the department, unit or floor you’re interested in, the shift you prefer, and whether or not you are able to move to a new city or state for a nursing job.
Add a goal statement. This is an optional section below the objective where you write in your future plans and professional aspirations. List any nursing specializations you want to pursue, as well as any educational credentials you plan to earn.
Devote your time and energy to your work experience section by thinking ahead to the duties and responsibilities relating to the position. Write your resume to clearly emphasize how your previous experience will contribute to your success in the new position. Use action-oriented keywords, and include both your job titles and information about the nursing units you’ve previously worked in at other jobs.
Most Importantly! Do not ignore the importance of your education. Educational qualifications are extremely important in nursing jobs.You will not even be considered for a position without the right education. Be sure to list the programs you’ve studied and the degrees that you’ve earned or are in the process of completing. Include your professional certifications and licenses when you write your resume.
Put in at least one high-quality professional reference. Have up to three references if you can. Who makes a good reference? A good reference for a nursing job can be from a doctor, a nurse practitioner, an office manager or the head nurse of a unit or floor in a hospital.
That’s it, simple, structured, and sound. Get the details right, proofread, and make sure you know the position you’re applying for and what to expect.