Resume stand out or resume death sentence??? - page 2

by punkydoodlesRN 5,726 Views | 24 Comments

I've been applying tirelessly for the past 8 months. I'm an LVN with 3 years of acute experience and currently a senior in a BSN program. I had mistakenly thought I would actually be competitive! I feel that I have a decent... Read More


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    I was an HR person who read resumes before I became a nurse. IMO unless you're in a creative field (design, performance art, whatever) you need to stick with the traditional MS word resume, no fancy stuff.
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    Thanks everyone, I appreciate the feed back. I had been thinking the same as writerRN. What I'm doing now isn't working, so it couldn't make it worse.

    Would anyone be willing to take a look at what I have, maybe it just sucks and it needs major fixing?
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    if I personally had to choose one it would something like "the cubes" design, simple, easy to read, not a million things going on like the other ones but still interestingly stylish enough to stand out, only thing i would change is the orange font to the dark grey that the name is in to keep it more neutral tones.
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    Quote from tyvin
    I've been encouraging people to put their picture on the resume. I put mine on the cover letter on top of my name in the heading. I'm still fooling around with it. I chose a pic that is a bust shot in a dark turtle neck with my lab coat on...it looks good.
    I've sifted through many hundreds of resumes of candidates looking for a job in a professional discipline, and not one of them had a photo. It sounds like you're trying to get an edge based on your youthful good looks.

    Think of who might be doing the hiring. That strategy could really backfire.

    Unless you're applying for a job as a model, actor, or realtor, it's been inappropriate to attach a photo for most jobs at least since the late 80's.
    itsmejuli, HouTx, and eleectrosaurus like this.
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    Healthcare organizations have to meet an extraordinary amount of mandatory (Federal, State, JC, CMS, etc) requirements so they rely on automated systems to keep it together. The only way in is usually through an online application... So

    Just a word of caution. Most larger organizations now have digitized environments for resumes, applications, etc. If they receive a paper resume, they just scan it in. More often, people just cut & paste or attach an electronic copy of their resume to an online application. These systems are dumb... they don't recognize fancy graphics, unusual fonts and such. So all your hard work will just show up as gibberish.

    Of course, take a copy of that fabulous (typo-free, correctly spelled) resume when you show up for the interview.. but until then, please focus on meeting the needs of the digital monster.
    Crispy Critter, RAngersRN, zb8943, and 3 others like this.
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    Some of the low key ones are fine. I would NOT put a picture. Keep it simple and to the point and work on your cover letter too.
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    I don't know but I love them. If you can truly do layouts like that you might want to consider selling templates on Etsy for some extra change.

    What job are you looking for btw?

    EDIT I should add my graphic designer friend formatted my resume a few years ago when I needed it. It's alot simpler than those ones but prettier than the build in templates you find in word.
    Last edit by tothepointeLVN on Aug 2, '12
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    Quote from tyvin
    I've been encouraging people to put their picture on the resume. I put mine on the cover letter on top of my name in the heading. I'm still fooling around with it. I chose a pic that is a bust shot in a dark turtle neck with my lab coat on...it looks good.
    nononono Don't put your picture on your resume. It's liable to get thrown out. Companies don't want to see your picture because they don't want to be accused of discrimination.

    "Anti-discrimination laws in our country have resulted in many Human Resources departments throwing out otherwise great resumes if they include a picture. Companies are so afraid of being sued that they avoid the slightest appearance of bias by eliminating any resume with a photo right off the bat."

    Photos On Resumes Or LinkedIn – Advice To The Job Seeker…. : Medical Sales Recruiter – Tips & Quips
    eleectrosaurus and Kooky Korky like this.
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    I see all the resumes people send in. No picture since it leaves the company open for a discrimination suit.
    All the fancy fonts won't get you in to see me. I just want to know your educational background, how much experience you have, and if you are a new grad where you did your clinical rotations so I'll have a chance of seeing if you fit the needs of my facility.
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    I would try to be a little more traditional and conservative....too loud lol


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