Second Career/Older Graduate Resume Advise

  1. I would greatly appreciate input on the following: I am an older (50y) grad who just passed NCLEX. This is my second career. I have always been employed since the age of 16, adding that ALL THREE (only three) jobs were long term...the last was for 20 years. I have a previous degree straight out of high school in Finance. I left the field and graduated with an ADN...I live in a rural area, am not really worried about EVENTUALLY finding work, and have a dream to work in LTC or Med Surg in one of the small area hospitals. Question: How would any of you approach what is said in cover letter...and what to showcase in resume? Your help is appreciated......
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  3. by   Nimashet
    I was hoping someone had answered your question as I'm in a similar position except that I'm going to graduate with my BSN in July and I am headed to the Pacific NW, and I am concerned about getting a job.
  4. by   CrunchRN
    I would just list my last job of 20 years. That is enough history. In the skills part of it I would highlight skills that would be applicable to nursing. Any more history than that will make you look, uhm, elderly. I say that as a fellow 50 year old!
  5. by   ricksy
    Bam! Got hired! My resume went back to when I graduated in finace the first time round. I only had 3 jobs (always employed), so it worked out well. ...but only wanted names and phone numbers of the last.....guess I just put them on there to show work history. Good luck to all..........
  6. by   CrunchRN
    Congrats! What is the job?
  7. by   Bayat
    Also congrats. Glad you got the job and thank you for reviewing the resume I did for my nurse friend. Keep everybody in touch how you're progressing.