Like many of you skimming this section, I am currently updating my resume for upcoming career fairs and job applications. I recently passed my NCLEX (from Quick results service, result 48 hours after test) and delving into the tough world of job hunting for the coveted first RN job.
Please review my resume and let me know what you think. HONESTLY. What are your first impressions within 10-20 seconds of looking at it? I just get dizzy staring at my own resume for hours!! I would be willing to return the favor and critique yours too. (Once upon a time, I was a hiring manager too!).
Personally, I'd leave out where you did your clinical rotations on a resume. It's not necessary and takes up a lot of space. That's something you may discuss during an interview, but not necessarily include on your resume.
Also, see what others think, but I would leave out all of your non-nursing work experience since it is not relevant to the job you are seeking. While doing my pre-reqs for nursing, I was a pharmacy tech and I put it on my resume but some instructors told me not to because it wasn't relevant to nursing. But, let's see what others say...
Sep 28, '12
You need to shorten it to one page. When I was office manager for an audiology practice I was told by my manager to toss any resume longer than one page and I believe that is a common practice. A short objective statement at the beginning is also important.
Oct 3, '12
My advice as a hiring manager and since you have 2 Bachelors degrees in health areas
First impressions: well organized and presented layout with action verbs describing work performed. Would be at top of pile for phone interview due to mgmt leadership experience previous positions. 2 pages appropriate due to healthcare related work experience.
a. Remove "Recognized as a proactive, resourceful and efficient team player" -- has become buzz word everyone using.
b. Remove clinical rotations --weakens your application.
b. Retain previous positons as show you have management/leadership experience and job progression in healthcare settings.
Best wishes in finding a position in tough NJ/NY/PA market.