Man, can I ever help you here, since I have sent out a few billion resumes over the last 6 months. (O.K. I'm exaggerating a little)
First of all, you want it to look as professional as possible. Proper grammar
, no typos, etc. Keep it simple. No fancy Fonts or colored paper. It should have a certain flow to it and be easy to read. My resume starts out with a heading at the top, with my name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Then I have a series of headings, that are capitalized and bold. The first heading is EDUCATION. I list college degrees and certifications in chronological order. I state degree earned, year of completion, and school attended. Then I have a heading called SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS. Here I have a little six sentence paragraph explaining my key areas of expertise, special skills, and strengths.
The next heading is PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE. This lists my work experience in chronological order, starting with my last position held. I state dates I worked there, name of organization, title held. Then, I have a brief description of job duties, committee involvement, projects that I participated in, any cross-training to other units, leadership experience (charge, team leader) I end that section with my licensure, which includes states that I am licensed in and licensure number. The next heading is PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, where I list nursing organizations that I belong to. Then, I have a heading for AWARDS, where I list career awards that I have been given. Then, I list ARTICLES and PUBLICATIONS, where I list in chronological order every nursing or health care related article that I have written over the years.
Now, I have been a nurse for over 20 years and I recently obtained my law degree, so my resume probably reads a little different than someone who is a few years out of school. You may want to emphasize different areas. If you are within five years out of school, you will want to mention academic honors, deans list, etc. I use to mention that I belonged to a sorority and held an office and graduated at the top of my class in nursing school, but now I eliminate that. It just isn't important anymore. References should be typed on a separate sheet of paper and be handed to the interviewer when asked for. Nobody puts "references available upon request" at the bottom of their resume anymore-it's assumed. In general, your resume should be well thought out. A well written resume can get your foot in the door. Good Luck!!