With regard to the nursing resume discussion, I did dig deeper, this is what I found.
"Resume Writer" available through the public library was a great source to compare before and after resumes. Inside this book there are sample resumes, many different professions. Concepts and explanations made sense. Simple read, not hard to apply.
One of the suggestions from this book was to have a simplified resume to upload on websites-Format does not always come out correctly. Save the eye pleasing more complex format as a hard copy to be presented at time of interview.
Also, each time you send out a resume for a specific position, save and rename under that job title...Med Surg Nurse, Pedi Nurse.
Follow up with a call to human resources, was your resume received?
The most useful information came from major Nursing School
websites. Excellent resources for the RN graduate. Examples of different resumes- new grad to experienced nurse.
I would Bookmark the resources I found most helpful. Made a "resume" folder to keep it in one place. Edited my resume a little bit each time and then would reload an updated version to the career websites.
I do understand the whole process is a bit much while you are looking for a job. Most of my time was spent editing and re-editing my resume than networking to find a job. It was helpful for me to have someone I respected, (who was in the medical field) review and offer suggestions.
Remember to be positive, enthusiastic, confident and a team player. The resume gets you in the door. You have to pull it off with the interview, so remember to spend time on that as well. What do you have to offer that is unique and makes you different from the other candidates. Do your research and ask smart questions, not questions about benefits. Decide what it is you must have to be happy, keep it realistic. It does not have to be the perfect position, it's not forever. One condition most important to me was the work environment. A hostile work place would not work for me. What was I willing to give up to have a positive environment was something I needed to know before I began interviewing. Only you can decide what is most important, but do keep it in mind when you consider offers.
Using all the suggestions and info I gathered from books on resumes, interviewing techniques, website searches did make a difference. I noticed my interviews became more confident. On my third interview I was offered and accepted the position. I start in a week. So glad I'm not working on that resume!