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!
Not bad at all, for a new grad I like the education at the top but I'm just nit-picking. Alot of white space with the left colum, but again nit-picking, Very impressive work exp for a new grad.
Looks like you have alot going for you for a new grad, good luck!
Aug 4, '12
Agreed, usually education, licenses and credentials go first in a new grad resume as you have yet to work as a nurse. You can delete the "references available upon request" as that is pretty standard and understood. You did a nice job make a short, to the point summary of your different jobs.
Aug 5, '12
* 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
Aug 5, '12
9pt font is pretty small imo, and it looks very crammed into 1 page.
Aug 6, '12
Here's another option
Aug 16, '12
If one has worked in the same place for over 20 years, is it necessary to list other places of employment?
One was as a Jewelry Consultant (sales) at a jewelry store, the other as selling auto policy and doing clerical duties.
Or is it best to just limit it to one. I did not volunteer much as I could not handle working full time and also nursing school. I plan to remedy this now by volunteering as this semester I only have one pre-requisite class to enter the BSN in 2013.