Quote from mb37
do you recommend including experience from prior careers? i've worked as a bartender for 10 years, and i have very good people skills because of it. do they care, or is only health care experience relevant to applying for nursing positions? i wouldn't list every job i've had since age 16, but do i list the last 2 or 3 or not? thanks!
be very careful with this! i have been taught in the past to only include relevant experiences on your resume. however, when i started talking in an interview the person asked if i worked anywhere else in addition to what was listed. i said yes... she was not happy that it wasn't listed regardless of what it was. she said my resume was to go all the way back to high school or 15 years, whichever is greater. i apologized and explained why i didn't include all the info. she said that the people who taught me were wrong. she said it could come across as a bait and switch.
my advice... visit the company's website and view their faqs under their job/employment area... many times it will tell you what they expect in your resume. some ask for a specific time frame and others may be a little more laxed and just want enough to demonstrate your skills.
format i used:
: use the term "anticipated graduation date" and if your gpa is high enough, include that. 3.5+
: include cpr and/or cna
student nurse clinicals
: like the op stated, clearly state this. mine is separated my semesters. sophomore ii, junior i, junior ii, etc... but is should go backwards... current to past.
: current to past
honors and awards:
don't forget to include honors list or deans list, sigma theta tau, etc...
it should not exceed 2 pages.