resumes-do you put your license number on them

  1. Hello,
    Thank you for your advice. I have a question? Are Nurses putting their license number on their resumes? I am hearing conflicting reports. Please advise on your experience?
    Thank You-Tropical Bound
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  3. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from tropical bound
    Hello,
    I have heared conflicting reports on if you should put your license number on your resume. Do you or dont you? Please advise
    Thank you - Tropical Bound

    No!

    Do not ever put your license number on anything. Never let anyone make a copy of your license. When you get a job then is the time to show them your license and let them get the number so they can verify your license. Protect it.
  4. by   caliotter3
    No! I am also very careful about where copies of my resume go. It contains contact info that I don't go around broadcasting. I change my contact phone number on a regular basis and never post my resume online.
  5. by   TazziRN
    Absolutely NOT!!!!
  6. by   sunflrz321
    I've never heard of putting your license number on your resume. I even went to a writing-a-nursing-resume workshop taught by a recruiter at our local hospital, and it wasn't on any of her sample resumes and she didn't recommend it. I didn't put my license number on my resume when I applied for several nursing jobs recently, and I was called for interviews at 5 major Chicago hospitals.
  7. by   Inquisitive one
    Your license number isn't as confidential as you think. Many state BON have online sites where you can check the validity of a license just by putting in a name and your number will show up. In my state, your license expires on your birthdate and that info is also on the site. It also shows where you went to school and if any disciplinary action has been taken against you.
    Last edit by Inquisitive one on Jul 7, '07
  8. by   TazziRN
    You're right, it's not confidential, but why hang it out on a flag?
  9. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from TazziRN
    You're right, it's not confidential, but why hang it out on a flag?
    Thanks Tazzi and might I add so eloquently said!
  10. by   TheCommuter
    I never include my license number on my resume. If a potential employer calls me for an interview, then that is the point when I'll readily give up the licensure information. I am simply leery about giving out information such as my license number, social security number, etc.
  11. by   P_RN
    In my state all you have to do is go to the Labor, Licensing and Registration Nursing page and enter as much or as little information as you know. Names, license, and home town pop right up. There's also a site where every disciplinary action is listed by first letter of last name.

    I wonder if leaving it off here might seem as if you have something to hide. Now I agree with the SS#.
  12. by   Havin' A Party!
    Unnecessary, and probably not a good idea.
  13. by   llg
    Good question ... It's made me think.

    I was always taught to include it -- but that was back in the days before identity theft was a big issue.

    I'll think I will remove mine. There is no need to dangle it out there for all the world to see. I can always provide it separately when appropriate.
  14. by   TazziRN
    In CA the license number does not come up when a name is searched. The searcher can enter the license number if it's known, but if it's not entered on the search it doesn't come up.

    The driver's license number isn't confidential either, but do you give that out if it's not specifically asked for?

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