i am a young student, and to be honest people think that i am much younger than i already am. i want to be taken seriously, and present myself in a professional manor. :caduceus:
try putting your hair in a bun if its long, and avoid all but one pair of earrings and a conservative necklace. no nail polish. learn how to give a firm and confident handshake, don't have anything in your mouth and look your interviewer in the eye. no nervous giggles
as far as attire for this interview, are dress pants and a collared shirt shirt okay, or should it be more dressy?
i wore a black skirt and a tan blouse, black shoes and black purse to my interview.
should i join any professional organizations (such as awhonn), volunteer anywhere special?
if you have time. they are good resume builders but be realistic.
i have been reviewing all of the resume threads, and have viewed a "new graduate" resume as an example but i am still unsure about what's appropriate and what is not.
should i include my courses in nursing school (for example, fundamentals, *medical-surgical, maternity, pediatrics, psychiatric, and critical care)?
i wouldn't. my resume just stated when i started and when i was graduating. i could explain more in the interview if it came up.
should i include clubs? (for example my schools chapter of ans)
yes! and any offices you hold in those clubs. put them under extracurricular activities/volunteer work on you resume. employers want to know that you are a 'joiner'. there are all sorts of committees in the work place.
if i join any professional organizations, would they go on the resume?
should i include my previous jobs, which were, retail and fast food? am i right in the assumption that these should not be included, because they have no relation to nursing?
well, you are sort of right. but your employers also want to know that they are hiring someone who has held a job before. you could maybe create your nursing portfolio, with your schooling and professional organizations and anything you have done that applies to the field of nursing. then you could have a 'work history' part, which lists your former jobs.
if i have not yet graduated what do i list under my "education" heading?
where you go to school, when you will graduate, and your gpa.
under volunteer work, if i was an intern about 2 years ago @ my church for one year, should i include that?
i started right into postpartum and interviewed and got the position during my third of four semesters.