Please Help...Resume and Cover Letter Advice

  1. Hi All! I am a new member on All Nurses, and am trying to get hired on at one of the hospitals in Lexington, KY as a nursing assistant/PCT/NCT with no experience. I have applied for BCTC's ADN program (Fall 2013), and would like to gain experience in a hospital setting prior to (hopefully) getting in. I completed my CNA certification in October, and passed my state test in November. I have applied to approximately 70 positions at all of the hospitals in Lexington, and have only had ONE phone screen. In fact, I currently have 43 applications that have been referred to the hiring department at the University of Kentucky.
    My question is, would any of you lovely people be willing to give me pointers on what I could change on my resume & cover letter to make me a more attractive applicant? Any help you all could give will be much appreciated. FYI, my resume is one page long in PDF and Word format, but for some reason, I can't get the correct format to show up on this post. I will add my cover letter in a second post.
    Thanks in advance!



    State Registered Nurse Aide
     Assisting the patients in activities of daily living such as grooming, bathing, shaving, skin care, changing clothes, eating, and exercising;
     Taking vital signs such as temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, height and weight;
     Performing administrative works such as filling up the insurance forms;
     Answering telephone calls and clearing any doubts of patients and families;
     Assisting with light housekeeping duties, such as linen changing and bed making;
     Assisting with ambulation;
     Bladder/bowel elimination and enemas;
     Obtaining urine, fecal, and sputum samples;

    State Registered Nursing Assistant - Valid Nov. 20, 2012 - Nov. 30, 2014
    Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - Valid Nov, 2012 - Nov, 2014

    - Multi-Jurisdictional Licensing Administrator
    Company, Lexington, KY
    - Administrative Assistant/Licensing Assistant
    Company, Lexington, KY
    -Veterinary Technician
    Company, Lexington, KY
    -Sales Assistant
    Company, Lexington, KY
    -Veterinary Technician
    Company, Lebanon, KY

    -State Registered Nurse Aide
    October, 2012
    Bluegrass Nurse Aide Training Center
    -Associates in Nursing: Completing Pre-Requisites
    Currently Attending
    Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Lexington, KY
    -Bachelors of Science in Animal Science
    University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

    - optimum bedside manner skills and rapport in dealing with co-workers and patients
    - strong ability in multi-tasking
    - able to excel in a team environment
    - extremely adept with general computing skills and knowledge of the internet
    - strong organizational, prioritization, and critical thinking skills
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  3. by   NurseRose84
    Here is one of the cover letters I have submitted with my online application and resume. Thanks again for the help!

    My Name
    My Address


    Human Resources
    Phone Number

    To Whom It May Concern:
    In response to your posting of the open Nursing Care Technician position I would like to submit my resume as job requirements are closely parallel to my qualifications and certifications. Along with my certification from Bluegrass Nurse Aide Training Center, I am certain in my ability to become a crucial asset to the "Hospital" Health Care system.
    During my certification and past work experience, I gained strong skills in:
    • Assisting the patients in their activities of daily living, such as grooming, bathing, eating;
    • Taking vital signs such as temperature and blood pressure;
    • Performing administrative works such as filling up the insurance forms;
    • Answering telephone calls and clearing any doubts of patients and families;
    - Assisting with light housekeeping duties, such as linen changing and bed making;
    - Patient admissions, transfers, and discharges;
    - Responding to patient call lights;
    Furthermore, I am compassionate, honest, and trustworthy, with a strong work ethic, and a great natural capability to remain calm in emergency situations. I also enjoy caring for others, and previous office experience has assisted in developing my excellent customer service, organization, and interpersonal skills. Although I have not yet worked as a Nursing Care Technician, CNA, or SRNA, my clinical experience at Thompson Hood Veteran’s Center has ensured me that I will be a huge asset to the "HOSPITAL" Health Care System.
    I am registered through the Kentucky Board of Nursing as a State Registered Nurse Aide(SRNA), and I am currently attending Bluegrass Community and Technical College for their Associates Degree in Nursing Program so I will eventually be able to become a registered nurse, and hope that after graduation, I will be able to work at HOSPITAL.
    As a fresh and passionate certified nursing assistant, I welcome the possibility to meet with you to talk about how my education, experience and skills would be valuable for the HOSPITAL Health Care system. Should you desire to contact me, I can be reached at (phone number) or(email). Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
  4. by   thelittledoe
    Your cover letter sounds awesome! In all honestly though (and I'm sure you've heard it before) HR department only takes on average 30 seconds to a minute to review your credentials. I recently quit a position earlier this year and helped to find someone to replace me. My boss told me to skip the cover letters (just to make sure they had one) and go straight to the resumes. For your resume I suggest taking out a few of the jobs you have listed and just "showcase" the ones you are most proud of. The hospitals are going to want someone to stick around and it seems that you spent a year or less at several of your positions. Only highlight the ones you are most proud of and are most relevant to the position you are applying for. I tend to organize my resumes so that after each job listing I put about 3-5 skills that I mastered in those positions. Someone reading your resume might not know necessarily what (for example) a licensing assistant does.

    Hope this helps! I live in NJ and sent my credentials to five places and got interviews at every one of them. I ended up with four offers. Please PM me if you'd like me to send you examples!
  5. by   NurseRose84
    Thanks so, so much for the input! I absolutely HATE writing cover letters, so I'm glad that this one is good! I have heard that HR takes 30 seconds to a minute to review credentials, but everywhere I've applied has specifically requested a cover letter within the online application. I'm just wondering if there is a surplus of CNA's applying to these jobs, or if its because of the Holiday season that I haven't heard from any of the positions. I forgot to include that 30 of the positions at the University hospital I applied for closed within the last 2 weeks, and all were forwarded to the hiring official, but HR there has been closed since the Friday before Christmas.
    I'll definitely take some of the jobs out of my resume. Hopefully that will help. I didn't know if I should keep those jobs on there, because two of them were vet tech positions which were essentially horse CNA's, except we were allowed to administer medication. Thanks again for all of the help!
  6. by   esand
    I just started applying for jobs the other day when I got my state test results, and I haven't heard a single thing, either. I'm kind of nervous that nobody wants me, but I can't tell if I'm just freaking myself out because I'm nervous.
  7. by   NurseRose84
    Esand, my husband thinks I'm freaking myself out too, so I think that everyone trying to pursue their dreams feels like this. At least I hope that's how it goes! I'm sure you'll find something soon. If you don't mind me asking, where are you located? I know from reading a lot of other posts that some areas are saturated with nurses and CNAs, but I'm not exactly sure where.
    Good luck in your search!!!
  8. by   esand
    My husband tells me the same thing! He always keeps me grounded when I start freaking myself out. LOL

    I'm located in Ohio, right outside of Columbus. There are only a handful of places I'm able to work because of my lack of experience, so I've applied to all of them and am trying to stay hopeful. If I were actually in Columbus, I'd have a job right now. The state prison came in and hired a bunch of STNAs (CNAs) from my class, and I was so jealous! But the drive was reeeaaally not worth it.

    Where are you located?
  9. by   NurseRose84
    I'm actually just a few hours south of you in Lexington, KY! I think my lack of experience is what's hindering me from getting a job so quickly. I was offered a job at a veteran's nursing home, but the drive (only about 25 minutes) isn't really worth it because the pay is a couple of dollars less an hour than the hospitals in Lexington pay. Plus, I would rather work in a hospital as a CNA to get experience since I want to work in a hospital after completion of my ADN (if I can get into the program for this fall that is!).
    I have literally 42 applications in at the University of Kentucky, so hopefully I'll get a call for one of them. They specified either 2 months experience OR a SRNA (CNA), so who knows!
    Just out of curiosity, have you looked on or I've found tons of positions open on that I never would have found elsewhere.
  10. by   esand
    Oh wow, what a coincidence.

    I don't blame you for the drive. I don't currently have my own car, so a place far off would be a bit pointless simply because my husband is going to have to drive me and if I'm spending most of my paycheck in gas, what's the point? And you know, out of 42 applications... I'm sure they're going to get back to you, LMAO. I have been using like no OTHER, man! I found most of my jobs through that website. USAjobs doesn't turn up any results for me... can't tell if I'm doing it wrong or if there are just really no jobs.
  11. by   alidinak
    how do you PM bc I would like to get an example of some of these....
  12. by   hally33

    I also live in NJ and I am in my last semester of nursing school and I would love to get a CNA job. Could you send me some examples of the resume you used?? I would really appreciate it!

    Thank you!!!!