Quote from hair303
I would love to know if you have any examples on how to tweak a resume that doesn't have previous healthcare experience. I was inspired by your posts/threads, but I have tweaked my resume several times to date, and still no luck. I really need to change my previous employment to be more suitable for nursing but I swear I look at it like a deer in headlights. lol. Anyway any help or any examples would be greatly appreciated! I graduated in May and finally received my license number last month.
I don't believe tweaking your previous employment is necessary to land a job....And most hospitals do actually call your previous employers, so I'm not sure how useful "tweaking" would be. I submitted 60-70 applications without so much as a call back before I spent an entire day re-doing (i.e. reformatting) my resume with a resume builder on the internet. You should also consider submitting other documentation. For every application, I submit a resume, cover letter, scanned copy of my transcripts from nursing school, scanned copy of my certifications, and copies of my reference letters. I also made a nice "portfolio" of these documents that I brought to my interviews. You definitely need to be able to sell yourself once you get the interview, and become comfortable telling them why they should hire you over the other 10+ applicants for your position! Also, they want to know you're committed to working in their hospital for the long-haul. Just my two cents!