I am graduating in December and I am starting to convert my business resume into a nursing resume so I can start looking for jobs soon! I have no idea how to make a nursing resume and my school doesn't offer any help. I winged one and I was hoping someone could critique it for me!
Many thanks in advance! I am hoping to get into a new grad nurse internship or fellowship, preferably into an ICU or ER. There are 4 that I am interested in that are located where I live and 3 of them are at the hospital where I am currently employed.
I do not want to do a RN-BSN program as the hospital where I work is part of a university and I am eligible to direct enter into their MSN program without a BSN, but would be willing to do so if it came down to getting a job or not.
Resume is in Microsoft Office format and is attached to this posting! Thank you!
* change your font to times new roman, it will look more professional.
* not sure why you used a table format. removing the table format allows for more spacing on the page.
* not sure why but your font changes from 9-10 throughout each section so your square "bullets" are not the same size when the change occurs.
* you are using single and double dashes within our text and it is easily noticed. determine which you prefer (1 dash or 2 dashes) and make it consistent throughout. note: when you type two (2) dashes together and then hit the space bar, you get a longer "dash" appearance. take a look at your resume with this in mind and you will easily notice the difference.
* remove the entire column that contains your name and address. it is taking up too much space that could be used in the sections below. place your name/address at the top of your resume--and centered (or at the left margin). you could even place a double line border under it (going the full length of the page) as a separator for the address and body of your resume.
* you have a 6pt and 12pt spacing throughout your resume. much too much. if your preference is to utilize point spacing rather than a carriage return, after your name/address, change your spacing to 2pt before/2pt after your headings (employment history, clinical experience, etc.); then use single spacing throughout your resume, except where i referenced above. once you change your spacing, you could retain your section headings at the left margin but indent each section's information a "little" more and your section headings will stand out more.
* in your clinical experience, if you were at the same hospital for mulitiple courses, list the hospital only once. (i.e. abc hospital, 06/2011-12/2011 and 01/2012-03/2012 - cardiology/medical-surgical i and ii). also don't use italics for your dates, just place them in parenthesis followed by a colon.
* remove the "references" section. all employers are aware that references will be provided when requested; so it's not necessary to place this on your document.
i tried all of the above myself using your document .....you will now have a one page resume now!!!
i used to prepare resumes as a part-time job so i'm just providing my two cents....
Last edit by smn2010 on Aug 5, '12
: Reason: spell check