Quality patient care calls for a well educated nursing workforce. The U.S. Department of Labor has predicted that nursing jobs will grow faster over the next 5 years than jobs in other fields. This means that more people will consider a career in nursing.
The increasingly complex medical needs of patients today means that experienced nurses will need to continue to look for ways to advance their education and promote their careers. Although the expanding job opportunities for nurses is great news, it does not mean that some nurses won’t encounter difficulties finding a job or negotiating a job promotion.
So if you are a nurse who is looking for a way to stand out amongst the crowd to get the position you desire here are some tips on how you can create a stellar resume.
Your resume should be tailored to the position you are applying for. This doesn’t mean you need to create different formats or reinvent the wheel with every job interview, simply design a resume format that you like and then cut and paste the information to make it specific to the particular job.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you want your resume to stand out but not in an unprofessional manner. In other words, don’t print your resume on fuchsia pink paper or use some hard to read font. Strong professional resumes combine subtle uniqueness with solid professionalism to attract potential employers.
Just remember to keep these formatting tips in mind when it comes to designing your resume.
- Keep it simple.
- Bold judiciously. Don’t go overboard with the bold. Simply bold your name and headings.
- Use a font size between 10-12 for the information and 12-14 for the headings.
Here is your chance to shine! Your profile needs to describe why someone would want to hire you. Use your profile to put your best foot forward by offering a potential employer a sneak peak into where your career is headed in the next 5 years.
Feature your top assets, credentials, and skills so potential employers will gain a fresh perspective of what you will bring to the unit. Employers often look for people who are motivated to move the profession into the future and a forward thinking profile is one way to showcase your forethought and motivation.
List the schools you attended, degrees you have earned, and the start and completion date. You can include any honors you have been awarded in this section as well. Remember to highlight the courses where you demonstrated outstanding achievement.
List the issuing body, date you earned the certification, license number, and expiration date. Include a short description of the certification and how it will help you function in the position in which you are interviewing.
#5. Nursing Experience
Describe the nursing positions you have held. Hiring employees want to understand the experiences you have had to see if you will be a good match for the job opening.
If you are a new nurse include information about your clinical rotations and any volunteer work you have completed. Keep your job descriptions succinct and direct.
- Bullet the statements to make it easier for the employer to locate your information at a later date.
#6. Other Experience
Potential employers want to see evidence of how you went above and beyond the call of duty as a nurse, nursing student, or former employer to create a positive experience for those you served. Describe your accomplishments in the previous positions you have held.
Detail how these experiences have prepared you for the job in which you are applying. Employers are looking for candidates that can work efficiently as a team, deal with challenges, overcome difficulties, and make quick informed decisions. Be sure to include these positive elements about your work ethic so potential employers will see you as an asset to their team.
List all your current memberships and include the date you enrolled and the date the membership expires. Identify any positions or roles you held in these organizations and any other pertinent information that could help you land the job.
#8. Continuing Education
Include the most recent continuing education courses you have completed, the dates, and the provider name, number of hours, and the title of the course. If you have completed additional college work you can also include the courses, the university, and number of hours in this section.
In this section add any additional skills you have acquired. For example, if you can speak Spanish, have used various electronic medical charting programs, are fluent in Excel, or have expertise in MS Word then highlight each skill with a bullet point and brief explanation. Include any skills or experiences where you demonstrated patient advocacy and improving patient care.
You can attach written references to your resume, if that is part of the application process. It is helpful to have at least three references who can describe your work ethic, professionalism, and clinical skills.