New Grad Needs Resume and Cover Letter Critique - page 4
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
- 1Jan 1, '13 by kenderella89Quote from SCSTxRNI never noticed that before. Thanks for the tip. It makes more sense for me to showcase that first.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.
Quote from GGirll22I heard most temp agencies won't take you if you have no experienceCalifornia 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.
- 0Jan 4, '13 by RNfasterGood luck. Let us know how it goes. Everyone does have different advice.
Considering today's short attention spans, shorter is usually better. But --remember to put in key words that a database query might use. You might call some recruiters and ask them about what to include. Finally, I would suggest tailoring each cover letter and your resume according to the particular position.
I know someone said to drop your scholarship data. I suggest including it as it is an academic accomplishment. It shows you pursued an objective and achieved it. (You noted your academic grades weren't that hot. --And considering that --be prepared with an answer to showcase how you're addressing that deficiency.)
In your letter or objective statement you might include something stellar about yourself along with your goal... If you got rave reviews from your clinical instructors...or whatever... e.g., "Nursing school scholarship recipient seeks entry-level nursing position on med-surg unit..."
Keep trying... You'll get there.
- 2Jan 4, '13 by dah dohAs part of my unit's interview panel, I've looked over quite a few resumes over the last few years. So here are my thoughts...
- I like easy and simple to read (a few bullet points for main ideas) - Keep it short (you are a new grad so we know you have no job experience and all students did clinicals so keep this info brief)
- Work experience even if not medical related can show you are responsible, can manage stress, customer service abilities, or the ability to multi-task, but be selective!
- List things that make you stand out from the other candidates such as awards, scholarships, extracurricular projects that show you off (for example: traveled to Africa on humanitarian mission to provide health care assessments and teaching to village ______)
- Consider taking additional classes on some topic related to the area of nursing you are interested in
- Consider doing volunteer work at the hospital of your choice so the workers and managers get to know you
As for your intro letter, keep it short and succinct otherwise you will lose your readers interest!