New Grad Needs Resume and Cover Letter Critique - page 3

by kenderella89

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Hello all! I'm a New Grad and I have yet to fufill my nursing dreams. I graduated April of this year and I've had one interview out of over 100 positions that I've applied for. I don't have a great GPA, but I have glowing... Read More


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    My take on the resume:

    Delete:
    objective, prenursing certification, scholoarships (none of these matter)

    Re order:
    Name
    Contact info
    Degree
    Certs

    Experience
    [I do "Responsibilities", "Skills" format with bullets - so, I was resp. for... but became skilled (excelled in..)]

    Clinicals (delete dates/hours)
    Clinicals can fall to second page and be the only thing there if need be, make a firm page break.
    JustBeachyNurse likes this.
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    Your cover letter is good
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    Quote from netglow
    My take on the resume:

    Delete:
    objective, prenursing certification, scholoarships (none of these matter)

    Re order:
    Name
    Contact info
    Degree
    Certs

    Experience


    Clinicals (delete dates/hours)
    Clinicals can fall to second page and be the only thing there if need be, make a firm page break.
    I posted an updated version on the second page. I was considering deleting the objective so thank you and I will delete my pre-nursing school as well. Thanks!
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    I should have read the updates before posting - my bad.
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    I don't know how to say this more strongly - I strongly feel that you are making a job costing mistake by putting your certifications after your lack of experience, I seriously doubt that anyone is going to look that far. Seeing ACLS tells them that you can read a basic heart rhythm - not necessarily a guaranteed skill in a new grad. The EKG certification would get you a job in tele here, almost no questions asked... but you're hiding it behind the "I have no experience" listing.

    JMO - take it for what it's worth.
    kiszi likes this.
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    California isn't hiring too many New Grads try some temp companies they can help you build your resume while looking for a job of your choice.
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    Female Ken, I said what I said based solely based on my impression of your original post.
    I'll share some pointers that I still retained from those 3 how-to books.

    1) HR spends roughly 10-20 sec looking at each resume. Since you're in CA, i.e. tons of other highly candidates, this should be your guiding philosophy in constructing/formatting your resume.

    2) Your resume is your self portrait, so improve the white space. Use your own daily makeup (I know nothing of this) application techniques as your guiding philosophy. Don't want to improve your white space? Please refer to #1.
    Easy improvement: under Experience, you have 2 (3 originally) bullet points vs. 4 bullet pts. Why not either keep it at two each or drop down to one each so you could further elaborate during the interview (if the interviewer should bring it up)?

    3) Resume gets the interview. Interview gets the job. Resumes rarely get the job for the 99 percent-ers.

    One more point: Why care about consensus?
    2-page resume success rate: 1 out of 100+ (allegedly).
    1-page resume success rate: 0 out of 0 (allegedly).
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    All I am going to say is, I wish I could have learned from other people's mistakes when I was younger. Now that I am at that ripe old age of 26, I tend to listen to people's advice. I got a job a week after getting my license after 1 interview. I didnt like that job after a couple months, looked around and got another job the day after I applied to another hospital and was hired on the spot. I used the same resume and cover letter. You have people who have nursing jobs giving you advice on what worked for them and you dont want it , fine , goodluck.
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    Quote from nurseladybug12
    All I am going to say is, I wish I could have learned from other people's mistakes when I was younger. Now that I am at that ripe old age of 26, I tend to listen to people's advice. I got a job a week after getting my license after 1 interview. I didnt like that job after a couple months, looked around and got another job the day after I applied to another hospital and was hired on the spot. I used the same resume and cover letter. You have people who have nursing jobs giving you advice on what worked for them and you dont want it , fine , goodluck.
    I'm sorry if I seemed to have offended you by not saying I don't think putting clinical skills and removing my work experience is something I want to implement. As you can tell from the advice there's no way I can put everyone's suggestions in to my resume especially since some of that advice contradicts with each other. You stated that you didn't put your work expereince because it didn't seem relevant to you. For me, my work experience is relevant and I elaborated on that in the cover letter. Also, I've been told by nurse recruiters not to put skills since we all have the same nursing skills. I have been taking advice if you looked at my updated resume on the 2nd page, but like I said I can't take everyone's advice.

    Now that I'm at the young age of 23 I've learned that all advice is not always the right advice for me. Thank you for your input and I've tailored my cover letter to your suggestion as well.
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    Quote from 2mint
    Female Ken, I said what I said based solely based on my impression of your original post.
    I'll share some pointers that I still retained from those 3 how-to books.

    1) HR spends roughly 10-20 sec looking at each resume. Since you're in CA, i.e. tons of other highly candidates, this should be your guiding philosophy in constructing/formatting your resume.

    2) Your resume is your self portrait, so improve the white space. Use your own daily makeup (I know nothing of this) application techniques as your guiding philosophy. Don't want to improve your white space? Please refer to #1.
    Easy improvement: under Experience, you have 2 (3 originally) bullet points vs. 4 bullet pts. Why not either keep it at two each or drop down to one each so you could further elaborate during the interview (if the interviewer should bring it up)?

    3) Resume gets the interview. Interview gets the job. Resumes rarely get the job for the 99 percent-ers.

    One more point: Why care about consensus?
    2-page resume success rate: 1 out of 100+ (allegedly).
    1-page resume success rate: 0 out of 0 (allegedly).
    Thanks! I made it down to one page and I condensed by 2nd job to 2 bullet points as well. I see what you mean by the white space and I'm working on my formatting.


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