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  1. Hi there, i've recently passed the nclex RN, im a foreign graduate. I've graduated 2 years ago. I've just arrived here in US so i'm still on the process of adjusting to the culture. For the past two years back home, i've have only attended cpr certifications, busied my self with the paper works from the immigration and reviewed for the nclex. I've never had the chance to work or have a training at a hospital. So now, i'm trying to look for jobs. I've already attended a cpr class at a community hospital here because they said they wont credit my cpr training from my home country.
    The very big problem i have is i dont know what to put in my resume according to american standards. Any help? thanks.
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  3. by   Bayat
    Weellll, not tooting my own horn, you could mozy on over to and scroll down to the next to last post there's an attachment you could use as a template. Post-graduate jobs are inserted in a section called "PROFFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE", between "SKILL HIGHLIGHTS" and "EDUCATION & TRAINING". You could remove "ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE" section (and possibly "AFFILIATIONS" and "COMMUNIITY SERVICE" if you haven't done any). Be sure to punch up ypur professional experience post-graduate to show you're experienced and can do the job.

    A couple of notes:

    Your resume is a marketing tool meant to attract the employer, that buyer, by showing your skills and services in illustrating what you can do for that buyer in the future. In other words, you're convincing that buyer you're the answer to his/her problem and he/she should interview you. You have 7 to 9 seconds to convince an employer why they should interview you - the whole goal of the resume. That means the employer, your buyer, would be scanning about the top third of the resume before deciding whether it's going make the initial cut. So make the best use of your brand.

    The personal branding statement (or profile statement) you see under the " Skilled Licensed Practical Nurse Candidate" you'll replace with something like "World-traveled Registered Nurse" (or "something" Registered Nurse that'll describe the kind of nurse you are) brand-name should clearly and concisely conveys your qualifications, experience and education in terms of your employer's needs and values. A well-written statement should address in 3 - 4 lines: (1) your experiences and skills as they relate to your career; (2) what you can bring to the hiring organization and to the open position that no other candidate can; and (3) your professional goals. Essentially, it's your cover letter in the most condensed form possible, or your 30-second elevator speech on steroids that'll sum up who you are in terms of what you can do if given the job. See Guest Expert. "How to Create a Strong Profile Statement for Your Resume." Career Rocketeer., 22 Oct. 2010. Web. 10 May 2013. How to Create a Strong Profile Statement for Your Resume | Career Rocketeer .

    Your "PROFESSIONAL PROFILE" expands on your branding statement to show key points of your resume in terms of overall accomplishments. It's about 3 - 5 bullet points that encapsulate your top selling points to tell a story of your career. It does two things: (1) condenses your resume below to show your strengths that you can do the job if hired; and (2) substantiate much of the personal branding statement above by telling a quantifiable story. See "Using a Professional Profile or Qualifications Summary Section to Tell the Story of Who You Are." Safari Books Online, n.d. Web. 10 May 2013. Using a Professional Profile or Qualifications Summary Section to Tell the Story of Who You Are | Safari Books Online .

    After your "LICENSURES & CERTIFICATIONS", your "SKILL HIGHLIGHTS" is your top 4-8 skills showing what you're bringing to the job if hired. This section should be relatively short - about a quarter of a page. The skills are listed in short bulleted phrases about 2-3 words long to make it easy for employers to find. Skills should be written in present tense and written as a noun Don't go into too much detail - you'll have a chance to elaborate on your skills and experience later in your resume.

    "PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE" is like an in-depth interview, so how are you going to talk to your future employer? This is where you provide proof about what you've said in the top part of the resume and is the most technical part of the resume. Keep your experience tightly focused on your desired position. When writing your resume, use action verbs, focus on results, and use quantitative examples. There are four things you can include in each bullet point: what it is, method, result, and impact. Most people rush to write about what they did at their job. In actuality, it is not what you did that is important; but rather, it is the value that you created that is most important.

    The Order of Importance:
    • Result
    • Method
    • Impact
    • What it is

    Results: “Doubled company revenues, increased traffic by 40%, and resolved customer crisis”
    Method: “Spearheaded an online viral marketing campaign by building company thought leadership”
    Impact: “Created excel databases in proposal for a $50,000 grant”
    What it is: “Responsible for managing data, copying, and handling customer emails and calls.”

    Above all, the key to the experience section is to unearth "nuggets" that are specific and relevant for the jobs you're pursuing.

    • What are you most proud of?
    • What special projects did you do?
    • What did you accomplish that is different from the person who did the job before you or after you?


    "Making the Most of Professional Experiences on a Resume." Brain Track., 1996. Web. 30 Apr. 2013. Making the Most of Professional Experiences On a Resume | BrainTrack .

    "Impress Employers With Your Work Experience." Simple Resume Writing Instructions., 2009. Web. 30 Apr. 2013. Work Experience Is About Accomplishments, Not Job Duties.

    Good luck.
  4. by   neliztanee
    Wow. Ok. Thanks.