Should a resume only be one page?

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    I sent my advisor my resume, and she expanded it from one page to two. She included detailed information on all my clinical rotations (ive done 900 hours by graduation) and included specific information like how many beds each facility had, etc.

    I thought resumes look more professional if they are consise, about one page long. I included clinical experience, total clinical hours, one relative job experience at a dr's office with listed job description, certifications including ACLS and PALS, and one reference who is the MD that I worked for, a first place prize I won for presenting a research study on osteosarcoma and the relative nursing process, and the fact that I am an SNA member. Anything else I should add/take away? Is two pages ok or one?

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    Typically, resumes should be two pages in length. If you google 'nurse resumes' you will find examples on the net. also has a resume section. And yes, you should have a section for awards and certifications obtained on your resume.
    boolpn and Gold_SJ like this.
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    I agree with the comment, two pages are fine, but use one inch margins, 10 or 12 font and arial, helvetica or times roman. You can choose a chronological, functional or a combined method. Make sure your name, address, email, etc is on the second page (if you choose to use a second page).
    Gold_SJ likes this.
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    In a word, yes.

    As a former nurse manager and now hiring manager in a different field, I respectfully disagree with the previous posters.

    Unless you have years of education and experience, a 1 page resume should suffice, and IMO, is desirable. When I post a position, I typically receive a number of responses. The first step in my decision making process is to sort thru resumes and "rank" them in terms of "desirability." I like to read short, clear, concise descriptions of education, clinical experience, volunteer experience and work history. Anything that is overly wordy leaves me with the impression (correct or not) that the writer has an overblown opinion of his/her education & experience, or is incapable of sorting the important from the unimportant. Neither makes a good impression on a hiring manager.

    When a manager reviews the resume of a recent graduate of an approved nursing education program, it is generally safe to assume that that candidate had completed a basic course of clinical study including the main areas of adult health, maternal child health, acute care, LTC, inpatient and outpatient care. Reading long, detailed descriptions of these experiences is unnecessary and a waste of my time. What is interesting to me is this: Any unusual, in-depth clinical experience in a specialty area related to the position for which you are applying. For example, if you did your senior clinical rotation in an OR and were allowed to assist the scrub and circulating nurses, by all means, let me know that. If you had a 3 month externship in the NICU, do tell! But please don't bore me with chapter and verse of your geriatric rotation, your time on the renal floor and your patient counseling in the STD clinic. It's not unique. By virtue of your newly minted diploma, I can pretty much figure out that you did those things

    I would also like to know about your volunteer and work experience, healthcare related or not. Again, by graduating, you have pretty much proven that you can take temps and dress wounds. I want to know if you have a reliable history of coming to work (or volunteer) on time, if you take direction well, if you get along with co-workers, if you are flexible in your work hours/assignments, if you demonstrate initiative, if you handle constructive criticism well. I can formulate an impression of these questions from your volunteer/work history. It's nice if it involved healthcare experience, but lawn care, babysitting, and fast food are far better than nothing, and should be included on your 1 page resume.

    If you have limited work experience, and nothing healthcare related, you might want to consider volunteering or finding a service organization to work with. These are nice additions to a "limited" resume, and far more impressive in my mind than some puffed-up description of a basic clinical rotation.

    Good luck to you!
    Patti_RN, LovedRN, Elle_Guerira, and 8 others like this.
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    thank you everyone! I do not have any experience except one job, so my resume can be one page without be having to cut anything out
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    Think about which would have more impact.

    Flipping back and forth between two pages ... or one page, in your face, BOOM!

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    I always believed a resume should be one page. My mom has been a nurse for 33 years and has a two page resume. I've been a nurse for 3.5 years so one is good.
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    Keep it to one page. No doubts.
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    I had more than one page b/4. advised by a professional to reduce it to one page. I think one page is kul
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    When I hear from HR, they say "one page". Although I've heard many other sources (such as advisors, etc.) say that more than one page is okay - since they are not HR, they are not going to be hiring me (or tossing my two pages into the trash).

    One page.


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