Resume advice/legalities

  1. Good morning. I'm new to this board, and I just had a question for those who are well versed in resume preparation. I've always been told that you should list the most current, pertinent employment info that is relevant to the job you're applying for on a resume. I've held several nursing positions in my time as a nurse, and to spare my resume being 4 pages long, I've chosen to include only the experiences that I feel best represent the most longevity and skills related to the positions I apply for. However, I was recently told by another nurse that if I do not disclose ALL previous employment on my resume, I am risking my license. Is this true? I live in Indiana. Thank you for your time and help.
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  3. by   MHDNURSE
    I have never heard that. Think about all the people who have a job they ended up leaving and don;t want to list it because they do not want to list their manager as a reference. It is fine to make your resume as applicable as possible to the specific job you want. I am guessing people are referring to not disclosing a nursing position where you were investigated for something. I can see that risking your license.
  4. by   vanilla bean
    Quote from katiern99
    I was recently told by another nurse that if I do not disclose ALL previous employment on my resume, I am risking my license. Is this true?
    No, it is not true. Ask this helpful nurse to provide his/her source to back up this assertion.
  5. by   meanmaryjean
    Poppycock! A resume is a voluntary document you submit. Leaving off required information on an application may be an issue with an individual employer- but certainly not with your license.

    Where do people come up with this stuff??
  6. by   Nurse Beth
    Quote from katiern99
    Good morning. I'm new to this board, and I just had a question for those who are well versed in resume preparation. I've always been told that you should list the most current, pertinent employment info that is relevant to the job you're applying for on a resume. I've held several nursing positions in my time as a nurse, and to spare my resume being 4 pages long, I've chosen to include only the experiences that I feel best represent the most longevity and skills related to the positions I apply for. However, I was recently told by another nurse that if I do not disclose ALL previous employment on my resume, I am risking my license. Is this true? I live in Indiana. Thank you for your time and help.
    There is a skills-based resume format, but most hiring managers want to see a concise chronological list of employment. They look for short tenure and gaps in employment and see them as potential red flags. If you have such gaps, it's good to be prepared with an explanation.

    Follow the employer's instructions when applying, such as
    "list all jobs within last 5 years"

    You're right, it's important to highlight your relevant skills to market yourself. You can do that creatively in your cover letter and in your resume, with bullet points.

    None of this is of interest to the board of nursing.

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