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- by NewRNtoo Oct 26, '11Hi everyone!
I just received my RN license in the mail today! I am a mid-life career changer trying to get my first job in nursing. I have put together my resume and I was hoping to get some feedback about it. Thanks in advance!
To obtain employment as a registered nurse in a health care facility where I can utilize my education and training, as well as my interpersonal skills to provide the highest level of care to patients and their families.
COCONUT CREEK, FL
2011 - Associates Degree in Nursing
More than 1000 clinical hours served in diverse areas such as mental health, pediatrics, obstetrics, orthopedics, telemetry, emergency and intensive care.
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION BASIC LIFE SUPPORT
BASIC ARRHYTHMIA ANALYSIS
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ADVANCED CARDIAC LIFE SUPPORT
LIFE EXTENSION CLINICAL RESEARCH, INC
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
4/2008 – 8/2009
Clinical Research Intake Coordinator
Screened potential participants and performed preliminary health assessments.
HARDWARE / SOFTWARE SUPPORT TECHNICIAN
POMPANO BEACH, FL
8/2003 – 1/2008
Self-Employed Computer Technician
Installed and/or repaired computer equipment and peripherals, programmed and configured software, resolved technical issues, provided training and ongoing support to individuals and small businesses.
IBM GLOBAL SERVICES
5/2002 – 5/2003
Lead Software Specialist
Responsible for the transition of outsourced technologies from American Express operations to IBM Global Services.
Worked independently, as well as leading a team of 6-12 technicians in various locations.
7/1986 – 4/2002
Lead Software Specialist
Initial employment as Programmer, with progressive advancement to Lead Software Specialist. Led teams of technicians, trained staff and business representatives, implemented system upgrades and provided ongoing technical support.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY – ROAD TO RECOVERY
Transport cancer patients to and/or from treatments.
MEALS ON WHEELS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Delivered pre-packaged food to patients incapable of preparing meals.
MAHNKE’S ORTHOTICS & PROSTHETICS
Assisted with fitting braces for patients with physical disabilities.
- Oct 26, '11 by llgI like your resume -- though I would probably delete the objective. I haven't included an objective on my resume since the 1970's. It doesn't add anything of value and it takes up space.
Accompany your resume with a nice cover letter, tailored to each job you apply for.
- Oct 26, '11 by NewRNtooWill do - thank you so much for your input!
- Oct 27, '11 by ddunnrnI agree with the previous poster--they beat me to the punch. The other thing I saw that I would changed is the use of CAPS. They are considered unsophisticated, and are a left-over from when typewriters were used, that couldn't special typefaces like bold and italic . I would change the all-caps areas to Bold-type Title Case (only important words capitalized). I would not use any special formatting for the address lines of you former employers.
Please don't take this as a criticism, it's only that I have some experience in doing resumes, and have researched the topic somewhat extensively. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me.
Dave Dunn, RN
- Oct 30, '11 by NewRNtooThanks Dave!
- Dec 2, '11 by kbestI like your resume and agree with the comments above. I also am a mid life career changer. I would like to know how to handle the fact that I worked in corporate from 1982 to 1992 and then various retail positions, I have been working at my current retail job for 7 years but it is not health related but shows longevity. One of the corporate was in generic pharmaceuticals and I feel is relevant. would appreciate any thought on how to handle this
- Dec 2, '11 by llgIf it's only a few jobs, I would list them separately -- like the OP did. But if your previous experience involves several different jobs/employers, you might want to group them together. For example, you could say that you worked for "10 years in retail, providing customer service ... blah, blah, blah..." grouping those jobs together. You could then write "detail available upon request" in parentheses behind your summary statment.
If you want the pharmaceutical job to stand out, list it separately and give a brief summary statement describing the job responsibilities in a way that highlights their relevance.
- Dec 4, '11 by kbestThanks for your input. I have another question. I am currently volunteering at a healthclinic as an RN. Should I list that under work experience or community involvement.