I'm super impatient to start applying for jobs, but first I want opinions on my resume & cover letter. I attached my resume as a word doc, and here is my cover letter. What do you think?
Dear Hiring Professional:
I am writing to express my interest in the position of graduate nurse at MyTown Hospital. As a student, I have had clinical rotations at MyTown (5C), and OtherBranch (MICU/SICU). From my experience and speaking to current employees at MTH, I feel that I would be a good fit for the graduate nurse program in critical care.
The MTH tagline, "blahblah PASSION blahblah" further affirmed my desire to be part of this organization. My passion for providing the best patient care possible has driven me to excel academically in the accelerated BSN program at My University. During the program, I discovered my passion for critical care. As a graduate nurse in critical care, I will build on my solid knowledge base and superb critical thinking skills while also furthering my technical ability.
Aside from my passion and abilities as a nurse, I will bring the following previous education and experience to my career at MTH.
- BS in Psychology from the University of Georgia, providing a better understanding of patients, coworkers, and myself
- Customer service skills developed as a restaurant server
- Communication skills utilized when speaking to thousands of diverse pedestrians in Center City, Philadelphia, as a canvasser for Greenpeace
- Flexibility, creativity and patience necessary as a day care teacher
I believe my education, experience and personal characteristics make me an ideal candidate for the graduate nurse program at MyTown Hospital. I will be graduating on September 1, 2012, and plan to take the NCLEX - RN for Pennsylvania licensure in early to mid-September. Please see my attached resume, and feel free to contact me with any questions at (555) 555-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. Thank you for your consideration
May 26, '12
by tyvin, BSN
I also am learning more about beefing up cover letters and resumes (it's different from 20 years ago)...I found the preceeding link extremely helpful. Along with everything else any software you are familiar with or have worked with is also good to let them know. The new buzzwords for resumes are not the old usual ones but ones that denote personal experience.
I'm still one that likes the term team player even though some current trends toward resume building discourage the word. One must be creative and take the old buzzwords and make new ones that are related to their own personality.
It still stands to read the current verbage that goes along with the position or company you are interested in working for and include them in your cover letters and resume.
Last edit by tyvin on May 26, '12