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Resume Tips: Perfecting Nursing Resume, Cover Letter, Online Job Applications

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NRSKarenRN has 43 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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Why am I not getting interviews?!

Advice from a Nursing Manager with 10 years hiring experience on creating nursing resumes, cover letters and submitting online job applications that stand out from the crowd. New ways of networking highlighted. You are reading page 2 of Resume Tips: Perfecting Nursing Resume, Cover Letter, Online Job Applications. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

holinurse has 1 years experience and specializes in None yet.....

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When referring to the job that I am interested in applying for, do I capitalize it's title? So if I am replying to the posting for "Emergency Department Nurse" position, should I write, "I am contacting you regarding the Emergency Department nursing position? I know that I could write "ED", but I feel that it is more formal and respectable to write the words out.

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This is great thank you

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SeattleJess specializes in None yet..

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Thank you for this rich trove of information! Your article left me feeling excited and hopeful about succeeding in the nursing job hunt. I think the link to job key words will be especially helpful in this age of computer-screened applications. Thank you again for your helpful research and writing.

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I have a question about references. I am applying to a new grad position in which they only interview people that know someone that works at that hospital. I know someone that works there and want to let that be known as she recommended I apply but there is no where in the online application to write their name down. I do not have a reference letter from this person as she is a nursing school colleague but I do have references from professors and preceptors. For now, I have written a short list of references on my resume but everywhere I am reading says not to do this. I would hate to not get an interview because I did not indicate anywhere on my application/resume that I know someone that works there. I also do not want my resume tossed our for writing the references. What can I do in this situation? Thank you in advance!

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armyicurn specializes in ICU-my whole life!!.

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Great tips. Thanks!!

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FloridaBeagle has 3 years experience and specializes in Peds, Neuro, Orthopedics.

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Make sure your cover letter is for CORRECT FACILITY, not employer in the next state. (Yes, I received application for NJ hospital while I'm with a PA home care agency--quickest way to hit the recycle bin. Because I had an extra minute that day, I called RN and informed him of this error--before it hit deskside recycle bin.)

I've done that. I've literally applied to 200 jobs since graduation, and that's bound to happen eventually. Also, when applying to multiple jobs with the same hospital, I try to upload a new cover letter with the job # on it, but wonder if an older cover letter with another job number is attaching. I don't want to delete the older cover letters, because those jobs still show as "in review."

I wonder how many managers threw me away over one of these small oversights?

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This is important that your resume makes you stand out among all other candidates. Your employer browses hundred resumes a day and may throw your papers away even without reading them to the end. I decided to rely on professionals. After that, all my further applications have led to job interviews.

Edited by traumaRUs

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Abigail1509 has 7 years experience.

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This is important that your resume makes you stand out among all other candidates. Your employer browses hundred resumes a day and may throw your papers away even without reading them to the end. I decided to rely on professionals. After that, all my further applications have led to job interviews.

I absolutely agree with you! I also prefer to trust professionals in such serious questions!

Edited by traumaRUs

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Thank you so much for this info Karen, it is greatly appreciated and very kind of you to post it.

I'm an older guy in the midst of a career change and am into my 8th month as a working RN. I have an ADN degree and am about to enroll for my BSN.

Working full time at a long term care facility (sub-acute and dementia) and part time at the county jail. Paying my dues and glad for the initial opportunities but ready to branch out. This is great info.

I'm in Central NJ if anyone wants to touch base. Have been considering finding a specialty. Maybe dialysis or addiction services. I like psych too.

Good luck everyone.

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There is a lot of good information here. However, I do advise you to include information regarding your family in your cover letter. First off, it is irrelevant. It only becomes relevant if you are offered an interview and, for example, need to work certain days because of childcare, etc. I also recommend that you do not mention anything that indicates that you belong to a "protected class," including race, creed, religion, color, national origin, etc.

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Joe V has 24 years experience and specializes in Programming / Strategist / Web Development.

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