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Maha123 Maha123 (New) New Student

Hello, I just recently graduated nursing school with my BSN and I have no job experience that is even remotely associated with nursing. I have only been a nanny in the past before nursing school. I am having trouble with my resume I just don't know what I can do to be a better candidate for new grad programs. Any advice?

TriciaJ specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

Everyone has to apply for that first job with a sparse resume.  By all means put your nanny experience on it.  I would not list school clinical rotations as though they were jobs; it won't impress anyone.

Your selling point is going to have to be a really great cover letter.  Write a separate one for each job you apply to, stating why you want to work in that facility.  If you think you learned anything pertinent in your nanny job, mention it.  If any of your clinical rotations is pertinent to the job you are applying for, you can mention in the cover letter what you liked and learned in that rotation and why you are seeking a job in that area.

There are resources available to help you format it.  I do recommend you make sure it's letter-perfect, using professional language.  Please do not use the word "awesome", or other tired slang.

Good luck!

On 7/5/2020 at 1:42 AM, TriciaJ said:

Everyone has to apply for that first job with a sparse resume.  By all means put your nanny experience on it.  I would not list school clinical rotations as though they were jobs; it won't impress anyone.

Your selling point is going to have to be a really great cover letter.  Write a separate one for each job you apply to, stating why you want to work in that facility.  If you think you learned anything pertinent in your nanny job, mention it.  If any of your clinical rotations is pertinent to the job you are applying for, you can mention in the cover letter what you liked and learned in that rotation and why you are seeking a job in that area.

There are resources available to help you format it.  I do recommend you make sure it's letter-perfect, using professional language.  Please do not use the word "awesome", or other tired slang.

Good luck!

Thank you so much for your advise!

TriciaJ specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

3 hours ago, Maha123 said:

Thank you so much for your advise!

The word is "advice", when it is something that is given or sought.  It is the noun and rhymes with "nice".

"Advise" is the verb form, as in "to advise someone".  It rhymes with "wise".

The reason I'm mentioning this (because I usually don't risk annoying people about things like this) is because it is a very common error and you're wanting help with a stand-out resume.  Please have someone you trust check your resume and cover letter for these common pitfalls, just in case the HR person is a grammar nerd like me.  👩‍🏫

TMCNurse23 specializes in New Grad RN.

Hey! I learned in my leadership class to make sure you have 1-2 pages of resume since HR will not bother reading more than that. Since you were a nanny, I would include that in your "Work Experience" column, and tailor your "Objective" or first paragraph of your resume to the company's mission, vision and values and saying how it aligns with yours. Hope this helps 🙂

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