Is it worth paying for RN resume?

  1. Is it worth playing for RN resume? Does anyone know generally or statistically if potential employers use to ATS tracking system for RN resumes?
    I was wondering how valuable would it be to pay for a professional RN resume?
    All feedback is highly appreciated!
    Last edit by OneRN2 on Apr 7 : Reason: text
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  2. Poll: Did you pay and received a job after submitting a professional resume?

    • Yes, I had quicker responses and interviews.

      14.29% 3
    • Yes, I was hired in a shorter amount of time.

      4.76% 1
    • No, it was too expensive.

      19.05% 4
    • No, it was only a computer generated resume.

      4.76% 1
    • No, it was a waste of money.

      61.90% 13
    21 Votes / Multiple Choice
  3. 24 Comments

  4. by   That Guy
    I see it as a tremendous waste of money.
  5. by   cocoa_puff
    I wrote my own resume (and wrote my friend's resume - she was hired as a new grad into a level 1 trauma ICU). I would never pay someone to write my resume. There are many free resources online (templates, examples) to help with writing resumes. Do your best writing your resume, then have a few of your nurse friends look it over and help you edit it. Heck, you could even post it here on allnurses (in the resume section with all your personal details removed).

    Just make it look professional and easy to read
  6. by   elkpark
    I agree -- plenty of on-line resources to help you put together your own resume' for free.

    One thing I would suggest is, instead of asking some nurse friends to help edit and proofread it, ask friends that were English majors (or see if your school, if you were a recent graduate, has a student resource center where someone can look at it for you). Too many nurses out there for whom writing is not a strength.

    Best wishes!
  7. by   cocoa_puff
    Quote from elkpark
    One thing I would suggest is, instead of asking some nurse friends to help edit and proofread it, ask friends that were English majors (or see if your school, if you were a recent graduate, has a student resource center where someone can look at it for you). Too many nurses out there for whom writing is not a strength.

    Best wishes!
    Agreed, English majors would be much better at proofreading
  8. by   llg
    The so-called "professional" ones usually look like they were written by people who don't know much at all about nurses, nursing careers, nursing culture, etc. As someone who receives resumes from people applying for jobs, I find them to be a real "turn-off."

    I prefer to see something plain and simple, with no gimmicks, from a candidate who has the credentials and experience I am looking for. My process of reviewing a resume is to eliminate all the cr** that "resume services" tend to put in and get down to the bare bones facts. Then I go from theree.
  9. by   quazar
    Goodness, no. There are templates all over the internet. Thousands of them, literally, for free. Resumes, cover letters, cheat sheets on how to dress for an interview and how to answer interview questions. Heck there's even our wonderful Nursing Career section here on AN where you can seek assistance for free: http://allnurses.com/nursing-resume-help/
  10. by   Calalilynurse
    Every nursing job I ever got and interview except one I used a resume my mother made for me when I graduated from nursing school. She was a teacher at the time and she did it for free because I needed a job. She used some kind of template in word and i guess some kind of resource on line to make my nonexistent healthcare experience look good. I suggest you google some examples.
  11. by   BSN16
    I Created my current resume from a template in word. Every time i get a new job or certification i update it. To create my initial resume i did a simple google search just to get an idea of how to word things. I have gotten an interview and received a job offer each time i submited this resume. Not worth it IMO
  12. by   caliotter3
    We were required to write our resumes as a class assignment in my BSN program. It was one of the few worthwhile activities at school.
  13. by   vintagemother
    Quote from caliotter3
    We were required to write our resumes as a class assignment in my BSN program. It was one of the few worthwhile activities at school.
    Yes to this!! When I had that assignment, I put so much effort into it, because I knew I'd need to use it to find a job.

    On the poll, I voted that I paid for a professional resume writer. In reality, I have a friend who has worked as a professional recruiter for a long time who edited my resume and changed some things for me, after I graduated and was job searching. My friend does normally charge for services...I just got lucky.

    When I was hired, my friend was elated and said, We did it!! We got the job!" That "We" cracked me up!! I'm the one who went through the rigors of nursing school!!
  14. by   Been there,done that
    I am very good at writing and my resume looked good. It was quite the task though. I was getting interviews and calls with it, but when I had it professionally done I received a lot more attention.
    Your resume is the first thing future employers see about you. I think it is well worth it to have it as polished and professional as possible.
  15. by   blondy2061h
    My sister works in HR at a big company known to be difficult to get a job for. She wrote my resume. If only I didn't suck at interviewing.

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