Preparing New Graduate Resume

  1. hi everyone! i'm new to allnurses so please forgive me if i am not doing something right. i have just prepared my first resume ever & i was hoping you all could review it and let me know of any changes i need to make. thank you soo much!!

    *i left off my information that would appear at the top


    to apply my knowledge & skills to a position as a registered nurse while continuing to develop professionally.


    texarkana college
    , texarkana tx (do i need to put the college name in bold?)
    associate degree of nursing, may 2012

    clinical sites included:
    • medical/surgical, christus st. michaels hospital, texarkana, tx, october 2010-may 2012
    • maternity/pediatrics, christus st. michaels hospital, texarkana, tx, march 2011-may 2011
    • mental health, split rail facility, prescott, ar, august 2011
    • geriatrics, reunion plaza senior care & rehabilitation center, texarkana, tx, august 2010-october 2010, april 2012

    • bls, expires 08/2012

    volunteer/community experience
    • atlanta memorial hospital business office, july 2008
    honors & awards
    • microsoft certified application specialist for office word 2007, 2009
    • national honor society, 2008-2009
    • phi theta kappa, 2010-2012
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  3. by   Aongroup1990
    The objective needs to be worked on a bit. It should be a go getter in terms of catching the employer's attention. I think more should be added. Other than that it's very good resume.
  4. by   Kay_Lynn
    Thank you very much for responding!
  5. by   Jolie
    Hope I'm not confusing the situation, but I'm going to offer opposite advice.

    The objective of a new grad, especially in a tight job market is to get a job. I am of the opinion that stating a job objective on a new grad resume is unnecessary, pointless and a little bit silly, since everyone from the janitor to the CEO knows why you are applying and what you are looking for.

    For a new grad, the ony exception I would make is a candidate who is absolutely set on a particular area of practice and unwilling to consider anything else. But that seriously narrows the prospects, and I don't think it's a good idea to limit one's search that way.

    IMO, objectives are useful for experienced candidates looking to specialize in a job search beyond the entry level.

    For a new grad, they look like space-fillers, and I'd rather read a resume filled with work experience (healthcare or not), volunteering, special projects, school honors, life experiences, etc. Heck, I'd even rather read a resume that clearly states the obvious, "Objective: To find a badly-needed job so that I can move out of my parents' basement, insure my car and begin to pay off my oppressive school loans..." At least I would know that the candidate is realistic, doesn't have an over-inflated opinion of him/herself and has a sense of humor.

    Good luck!
  6. by   HouTx
    I agree, leave off the objective. That is a very dated format... everyone knows that your objective is to get an RN job. No one is listing objectives on their resumes these days, even experienced nurses. For the most part, this part of the job hunt is spelled out in a cover letter instead.

    Most organizations are using automated systems these days... so if you are planning to send pdf or electronic formatted resumes avoid fancy fonts or tricky formatting.... these won't scan well, so your resume will end up being discarded. Bold &/or underline is usually OK because it doesn't cause any problems.

    Good Luck!
  7. by   bigp71
    i was told by a career counselor that objectives are outdated and was telling me about making a summary instead
  8. by   TheBlackDogWaits
    This is probably late advice, but good to know for future reference, or new graduates reading this post: bigp and the others are correct in that objective is outdated. What you want to do, and what looks a little more telling about you as an individual, is replacing your "Objective" with a "Professional Summary", where you should state not only your strengths as a RN and employee in general, but also what direction you are interested in taking your career. This can be as broad or as narrow as you see fit. You should keep in mind what previous posters have mentioned, though, meaning if you are too narrow in your career path, it may cost you any opportunities based on your limited interests. On the flip-side, however, ANYTHING paraphrased with language acumen could demonstrate your ambition and make you more likely to get your foot in the door, depending on what a potential employer is looking for.
    Last edit by TheBlackDogWaits on Dec 25, '12 : Reason: typos