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I'm sure this has been asked before, so my apologies! As far as a resume goes, do you prefer a resume template or just a simple plain jane one??? I appreciate your help in advance!
I'd like to add upon the original post. As a nursing recruiter/nurse manager what sets people apart from the crowd to you. Other than GPA, prestige of school, work experience, references, ect., what is something that will really set someone apart from the crowd to you in a positive way?
As far as format is concerned, making sure that the information is clear and easy to read is the most important thing. Use bullet point instead of paragraphs. Short, concise, to the point. Good quality paper.
As far as setting yourself apart - That can be tough really. There are going to be hundreds of new grads who essentially went to college right out of high school and whose only work experience is entry level jobs like restaurant work and the only health care experience that they have is clinicals during nursing school. The students who stand out from that pack have volunteer experiences related to health care, health care employment, and excellent instructor references. Formatting of the resume isn't going to make you stand out - The information contained in the resume is the most important.
I'm sure it's different for different managers but to me, the content is the most important thing. Also, I frown heavily on grammar and/or spelling errors. I mean, if you are trying to make a good impression, don't make simple mistakes. I also don't like it when applicants are being "cute" or "funny" on their resume, like listing times of unemployment as "domestic engineer" (that has really happened to me). Lastly, if you do get interviewed, a follow-up letter is very impressive to me.
For me spelling and grammar mistakes are a big turnoff. However I put greater weight on enthusiasm and knowledge about my hospital and the specific job I am hiring for. Of course this usually does not become apparent until the interview process. I am the CNO in a small rural hospital and I usually receive few applications/resumes so as s rule everyone that applies for an opening will get a chance to interview, unless there are any red flags I come across in the resume.