New Grad Resume Critique, Mark Away!

  1. Get out your red correcting pens! I would appreciate any assistance in critiquing my current resume. Formatting is a bit off from cutting and pasting over to the site. Concerns I have are with my "Professional Profile", whether listing the 4.0 GPA here is appropriate, or whether it comes across as pompous. Other questionable areas are "Professional Memberships", as my goal by including it is to show I am very dedicated to the profession, or perhaps its too extraneous. As I am a new grad, I don't have a lot of relevant work experience. I included my relevant work experience, and then basically listed some of my previous employment without much detail. The goal I had was to keep my resume to one page. Your thoughts?

    New Grad, RN
    1234 Street Name
    Somewhere, US 55555
    (555) 555-5555

    Professional Profile
    Motivated registered nurse (RN) with 4.0 GPA in BSN program. Excelled in clinical rotations demonstrating professional, compassionate, and patient-driven care. Key strengths include:
    ▪ Dedication to personal advancement by expanding clinical skills and knowledge
    ▪ Extensive experience working within ethnically and culturally diverse groups
    ▪ Demonstrated leadership in various roles
    ▪ Positive, team-oriented approach and attitude
    ▪ Background interests in a broad array of content areas
    Education, Certifications, and Affiliations
    Private University, Somewhere, US. Month, 2012
    State University, Somewhere, US. December, 2004
    Licenses and Certifications
    ▪ Registered Nurse
    ▪ ACLS/PALS Certified
    ▪ EMT-B (########)

    ▪ BLS Certified
    ▪ Big Brothers Big Sisters - Volunteer Big Brother (2007 - 2011)

    ▪ Somewhere Rotary Club - Director of Community Service (2008 - 2011)
    Professional Memberships
    ▪ American Nursing Association (ANA)
    ▪ National Student Nurse Association (NSNA)
    ▪ Emergency Nursing Association (ENA)
    Related Work Experience
    Ambulance Company (2009 - 2010)

    Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
    ▪ Responded to emergency and inter-facility transport requests, performing complete medical and psychological assessments and administering appropriate interventions under BLS protocols.
    ▪ Conducted CCT level patient transport assisting RN with setup of various medical equipment including EKG, pulse oximetry and ventilation in high acuity patients.
    Other Work Experience
    Financial Corporation, Inc. Somewhere, US

    Financial Advisor (2008 - 2009)
    Home Developer. Somewhere, US

    Sales Consultant (2004 - 2007)
    National Restaurant Chain. Somewhere, US

    Restaurant Server (1999 - 2004)
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  3. by   smurfynursey
    When I was in my senior seminar class, we had some HR people come and talk to us about resumes. They said that as a new grad your education is your biggest asset (that doesnt quite apply since you were an EMT, but still, its what they told us, take it or leave it )

    In my resume I had the education section, looking mostly like yours but also had a section under my education and above my work experiance that had all my clinical rotations, the semesters, and the specialty if it applied.


    Clinical experiance

    Medical Surgical, Random US hospital, Spring 2006
    Pediatrics, Random US children's hospital, Fall 2007

    ect, ect, ect.

    hope that helps.
  4. by   rskopek
    Thanks for the response smurfynurse. I have been debating whether to add in my clinical experience information. Reading the various posts here on, I figured I'd start by leaving it out as my goal was to keep it under one page. Many posters here said that as a new grad, we of course have similar clinical experience overall, and HR directors know that. Also, I am working on being licensed in multiple states to expand potential job opportunities, so listing specific hospitals may mean little to HR from outside areas. Now, if anything I did in clinical is directly applicable to the job I apply for or stands out, I will certainly include it. For example, I completed my senior practicum in the ER, and so if I was applying for an ER position, I would be sure to add that in there highlighting accomplishments such as proficiency and independence at starting IV's, foley catheters, and NG tubes. I figure i'll start with my generic resume and go from there, having my basic as well as specific and targeted resumes to apply to various positions. As a new grad, I unfortunately can't expect to land my dream job in the ER, and will be applying in all areas of acute care.
  5. by   llg
    I think it's pretty good as is. About the student clinicals. Don't incorporate them into your resume: it will only be a distraction. Instead, list them on a separate piece of paper (or page) and make a note in your education section that says something like, "Nursing student clinical experiences listed on separate page."

    That way, the list is there for anyone who wants to look at it ... but it doesn't get in the way of the rest of your resume.

    Good luck.
  6. by   sprwmn
    Ok so if you have a. Asters degree is it preferable to omit as a new grad? I was told to omit it because it makes you look over-qualified for the position.