Wondering why you can't get hired or promoted: Resume + Interview hints! - page 18

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look at your resume!!! i've been reviewing resumes for open positions in my department and can't believe the resumes i've received: misspelling, words crossed off, no cover letter, including personal information about family... Read More


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    Can anyone help me out with a question? Should I mention somewhere on my resume the continuing education contact hours I've received in nursing school? I meet the requirements for RN's in Florida (AIDS, medical errors, domestic violence), so should I put this on there or just leave it off? Thanks!
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    If any are particularly relevant to the field you're desiring to enter, then yes... I'd mention them.
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    I was talking to a nurse recruiter who said there are no positions now for new grads but that she is interested in me and to keep in touch, i was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what I could keep in touch with her about?

    I'm participating in a residency program with no promise of a job, so I really want to keep in touch with this nurse recruiter. I'd appreciate any topic ideas that I can keep in touch with her about, i want to stay in her radar so that when i finish the residency I might get an interview and a chance at a job.
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    Do you work in the same hospital and will you have the oportunity to run into her (versus calling her)? I can think of a few things off the top of my head....you could stop in and say that you know she said they weren't hiring new grads but since you know this hospital is a perfect fit you would love to go on a tour or shadow a nurse. Mention in conversation some of the things that make the hospital where you want to work - everyone is always in a good mood, witness staff working collaboratively or going the extra mile for patients, etc. You could also approach the recruiter and ask if while you are waiting for a position to open up if there is anything you can do to ease the transition, maybe the hospital has training you could attend or certifications you could obtain. I would think that by doing this she will see that you are serious about wanting to work there and not just desperate for ANY job anywhere (even if we all might be...LOL)

    Good Luck!


    Quote from iamRN09
    I was talking to a nurse recruiter who said there are no positions now for new grads but that she is interested in me and to keep in touch, i was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what I could keep in touch with her about?

    I'm participating in a residency program with no promise of a job, so I really want to keep in touch with this nurse recruiter. I'd appreciate any topic ideas that I can keep in touch with her about, i want to stay in her radar so that when i finish the residency I might get an interview and a chance at a job.
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    Thanks, but it's in a different hospital...sorry i forgot to mention that. But I'll try ur other suggestions about asking for a tour/shadowing a nurse. I am going to make sure i learn everything i can about the hospital so that i can mention it in email or if i get to meet up with her. Thanks again.
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    For the new grads out there - when you listed your clinical hours did you itemize the time spent in each part of the department? For example, let's say I did 50 OB hours. Would I list it like that or put OR-20, PACU-10, NICU-20 or just all under OB without being so specific?
    Thanks and good luck!
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    Super helpful!
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    Many resumes that I see are finctional in format. They state the job and job resonsibilities but do not include accomplishments. Always include your achievements in the workplace. Include the metrics to support them. Numbers, percentages, timing reductions, etc. are very important.

    Format is ver important. You would not believe the number of executive resumes I receive that are poorly structured and lack the detail to show what a person has achieved. Below are a few examples of what I am referring to.

    o Restructured Preoperative Services to enhance accountability, productivity, efficiency, and customer satisfaction
    o Developed marketing strategies that enhance volumes, staff retention, and increased surgeonís
    referral sources.
    o Reduced inventory by $800,000.00
    o Developed and implemented a Case Cart system
    o Increased patient readiness 12 hours prior to procedure from 20% to 80% (goal 100%)
    o Increased first case on time start from 22% to 85%
    o Completed Phase II of the Perioperative electronic clinical documentations
    o Implemented a Perpetual Inventory system which achieved a cost savings of $240,000 in the OR
    o Restructured Anesthesiology to increase revenue by $3 Million per annum
    o Developed and implemented processes to increase procedures by 47% above FY07 procedures
    o Decreased room turnover from 1 hour to 30 minutes to our goal 20 minutes
    o Developed and implemented Service Line Team Leaders, which has increased the depth of the organization
    o Developed and implemented a Collaborative Practice committee with Surgeons and nursing


    Take the time and put forth the effort to create a resume that will yield results.
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    Wow.... You'll give some great advice on building a professional resume that stands out from the rest....
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    thanks!!!


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