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New Graduate Resume

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by mthomas27 mthomas27 (New) New Nurse

Specializes in New Graduate Nurse.

Hello,

I graduated nursing school last week and I'm looking for some critique on my resume. I'm not sure about my skills section and I would like to get some thoughts on if I need to keep all 3 of my work experiences or delete the oldest one to shorten my resume?? Also please let me know if there are any spelling or grammatical errors, I've been looking at this for way too long today!

At this time I do not have a pending NCLEX test date (faculty is still registering us), so I know I can't do much without that date but I would like to get a head start on cleaning up my resume for when I am ready to officially begin applying to residency programs.

Thank you in advance!

2020 ALLNURSE RESUME.pdf

Edited by mthomas27

Can you ask the mods to take your name and contact info off the resume? You are risking having your identity stolen. 😳

mthomas27

Specializes in New Graduate Nurse.

@WuzzieThankyou, I've removed it and attached censored copy!

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Coordinate care to various nursing providers including provision of clinical information

"Coordinate" and "to" don't go/flow together. Consider changing "to" to "among."

Consider incorporating/highlighting any communication skills you've used in other positions/experiences.

Good luck to you ~

Personally I would take off the professional summary because you don't really have any NURSING experience yet. And I'd take off the skills under the Skills section, leave the other part. I'm sure they'll assume you did most of this and anyway, they'll re-teach it to you. This will enable you (hopefully) to get it down to one page, they really aren't going to want to read much more from a new grad. If it doesn't get you down to one page then decrease the font size.

And just a little free advice from doing resumes and filling out the "rate yourself on these tasks" and "what computer systems/equipment have you worked with?" questions you might see in the future... Write down what kind of computer systems you use for charting and what kind of equipment you use. Forever. So 10 years down the line when someone says "have you ever worked with XYZ ventilators" you can say yes, in my third nursing job for 3 years. It might not ever come up for you but it has for me. And keep track of your supervisors, your hourly pay including when it increases etc. And addresses of the places you work and the exact dates. Then when you go to do a resume in 20 years you'll have it all in one place.

DextersDisciple, BSN, RN

Has 8 years experience.

I was always taught ( in school and by actual nurse recruiters) that they dont want to see anymore than 1 page for a resume. I would actually delete the entire skills section as it just lists your clinical hours in detail. The number of hours you spent in clinical should reflect on your transcript ( it will show you completed the required amount to graduate).

Also you could shorten the amount of bullet points your have in your work history descriptions-shouldn’t be more than 2-3 bullets per job.

Your resume is very organized and very well written. Great job and best of luck to you!

2 minutes ago, Elaine M said:

Personally I would take off the professional summary because you don't really have any NURSING experience yet. And I'd take off the skills under the Skills section, leave the other part. I'm sure they'll assume you did most of this and anyway, they'll re-teach it to you. This will enable you (hopefully) to get it down to one page, they really aren't going to want to read much more from a new grad. If it doesn't get you down to one page then decrease the font size.

And just a little free advice from doing resumes and filling out the "rate yourself on these tasks" and "what computer systems/equipment have you worked with?" questions you might see in the future... Write down what kind of computer systems you use for charting and what kind of equipment you use. Forever. So 10 years down the line when someone says "have you ever worked with XYZ ventilators" you can say yes, in my third nursing job for 3 years. It might not ever come up for you but it has for me. And keep track of your supervisors, your hourly pay including when it increases etc. And addresses of the places you work and the exact dates. Then when you go to do a resume in 20 years you'll have it all in one place.

Highly recommend listing what EMR you have experience with.

Edited by DextersDisciple

FTR, I think your resume looks pretty good but I’m not a fan of your skills section particularly the last two items under “skills” Those are attributes not skills. Honestly, I wouldn’t bother listing individual skills at all. Most hiring managers know what nursing school clinicals provide. I’m not sure what others think but I do like the way you listed your clinical sites as such rather than trying to parlay them into clinical “experience” which is different. Your professional statement isn’t too cliche so that’s good too. Overall I like it but wait until others have chimed in.