Listing license on resume

  1. I know I shouldn't list my license number on my resume, but how to I display that I do have my state license. I'm not talking about where to list it, but more the wording to use to list it.
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   klone
    Under the "Licences and Certifications" section of your resume. After job history and education.
  4. by   aknight07
    As I said. I know where it should be listed. I need to know how to word it. (Ex. RN State Board License)
  5. by   Tait
    I list my number. What is the rationale behind not listing it?
  6. by   klone
    I just write:

    RN (State of XX)
  7. by   hopefulwhoop
    Same here--I list my license number. I would like to know the rationale behind not listing it, as well.
  8. by   aknight07
    I have been told that putting the license # on your resume gives someone the opportunity to use it. Identity theft.

    Thank you klone.
  9. by   elkpark
    I've always listed my license number(s) on my CV. They're public record anyway -- why not??

    For the OP, I list them by the original date issued ("1984 - current," on the left margin, same format as I use to list everything else on my CV) and "License to practice as Registered Nurse in the state of (Ohio, Connecticut, whatever), #123456"
  10. by   aknight07
    That's what I always thought too, but my instructors have told us not to do it. I put it on applications.
    Thank you
  11. by   amoLucia
    To OP - I believe professional licenses are all listed on the Web. With other information, too. So that 'identity theft' rationale doesn't really hold too much.
  12. by   Jory
    Quote from aknight07
    I have been told that putting the license # on your resume gives someone the opportunity to use it. Identity theft.

    Thank you klone.

    The license number is displayed FOR THE PUBLIC to see in my state and all of my neighboring states.

    You can search for anyone's name and right there it is.
  13. by   KelRN215
    Quote from aknight07
    I have been told that putting the license # on your resume gives someone the opportunity to use it. Identity theft.

    Thank you klone.
    Nursing license numbers are public knowledge. Anyone can look them on the State BON's website or on Nursys for states that participate (which is most of them). Plus, how would your nursing license number allow someone to steal your identity? It's not like it's linked with your credit card number or drivers license. Plus who's going to see your license number and steal your identity? A hiring manager? HR? That's nonsense.

    I list mine as "Registered Nurse in MA, license number"
  14. by   MrChicagoRN
    If I know your name and type of licensure, I can easily get your license number.

    I've just never seen any reason to put it on the resume. Just more clutter.

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