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  1. Lynda Lampert, RN

    Six Resume Tips for Nurses

    Despite the nursing shortage, some regions are experiencing a great deal of competition for nursing spots, particularly for new grads. It can be frustrating to send your resume around and not get any response when you've heard nothing except that nurses are desperately needed. If you are frustrated, it may be time to take a closer look at your calling card, the resume that gets you in front of HR representatives allowing you to convince them to hire you. Many nurses are not writers, and some would rather deal with 20 Code Browns than write a single word. It can also be hard to talk about yourself, to sell yourself. Unfortunately, though, that is exactly what you have to do. Resumes are a sales pitch about why you would be the best candidate for the job. This is a list of just five tips for nurses that can make resumes more attractive. 1. Match Resume to Job Description Although it may be tempting to send the same resume to every available job, this isn't the best course of action. Read the posting carefully. If they are looking for a specific type of nurse, tailor your resume to meet the needs of the posting. Of course, you should not lie. If you don't have the experience, then you can simply try to highlight the scant experience that you do have. Don't forget to mention volunteer work, clinicals, and work as a CNA. You want the resume to come across as the absolute bullseye. This means that you may have to shift some of your experience around or change the wording of the explanations of your duties. For instance, you will want to highlight your attendance if the ad asks for someone who is reliable. If you are going for a nursing home, try to play up your care of the geriatric population. Your resume should be different for every job you apply for. 2. Focus on Keywords Everything is electronic now. When you apply for a job, it will likely be via email unless the facility isn't particularly technologically advanced. With that in mind, you have to realize that HR reps will do global searches of the resumes they get for certain words. It only makes sense because some facilities get swamped with resumes. If they can pull just the ones more likely to fit, then it makes their job that much easier. How do you make yourself noticed, then? You use the particular keywords that the rep will likely look for. For instance, if you are applying to a nursing home, you may want to use geriatric, elderly, or nursing home. When applying to hospitals, you may want to focus on staff nurse, hospital, or acute care. Just make sure these words appear somewhere in your resume. If you want to be particularly sure, you can add them a few times, but don't overdo it. Think of other keywords, too, that are likely to be applicable to the position you desire. Other keywords may not be as obvious. In the objective section, be sure to mention registered nurse. For the summary statement, you should focus on words that are proactive and describe actions. Highlight your attitude and how you would bring that to your new job. In the skills section, mention computer skills, technical skills, strengths, competencies, and qualifications. You should also try to use the words license and certifications. The experience section is where you really need to use keywords. Highlight leadership, dates of employment, awards, recognitions, accomplishments, and anything that shows specifically how you performed your job. Remember: match the keywords in your resume to the job posting, even using some of the same language. 3. Pick the Right Type of Resume You may not know it, but there are different types of resumes at your disposal. The most common type of resume is the simple listing of your past employers. This is known as a chronological resume, and it works well if you have an extensive history of working as a nurse. You would use this if you were changing jobs or have some sort of previous position as a nurse's aide under your belt. However, it isn't the only type of resume. Some resumes focus on skills that you have acquired. For instance, you would start with a personal statement, and then list your strengths, your skills, and how you have grown in your nursing practice. This is more of a holistic approach to resumes and highlights what you can do rather than what you have done. Still, do mention previous employers and supervisors, but these sections are more cursory than in the chronological resume. You should search for the different types of resumes and decide what is best for your particular circumstances. 4. Construct an Objective Statement or Professional Profile A statement of your objectives as a nurse is an important way of expressing what you hope to accomplish in your career. Professional development is very important to most facilities, and they will want to know what you intend to do with your career. In addition, they will want to know what you have done with your life before applying for this job and what you think you can bring to the company to which you are applying. This is also a great time to include keywords in your resume. You may not be able to fit them anywhere else, but an objective statement is a great place to put keywords that HR reps may search for. You can talk about your interest in geriatrics and helping the elderly, or you can emphasize how you always wanted to work in critical care. Again, you have to craft the resume to fit the place you are applying to. Only then will you be able to catch the eye of the rep, and that usually starts with the objective statement. 5. Be Specific You need to be specific when you write your resume. It isn't enough to say that you worked in a hospital. It isn't even enough to say you worked Med-Surg in a hospital. You need to say that you worked Med-Surg in a hospital, were frequently in charge of five to seven patients, and had charge nurse duties at least once per week. When you get specific, you stand out from the crowd and give the rep something more than your run of the mill list of duties that everyone has. Try to include the specific duties that you encountered in your job. If you supervised people, try to estimate the number you supervised. You may also want to say how many beds were on your unit, what specialties your unit had, what certifications you earned, and typical duties that were specific to your former job. Only by telling the rep the whole story will you stand out to the rep and make a case for yourself as the best candidate for the job. Even those who have little experience will do well to specifically describe the skills they do have. Don't merely say you are caring, but tell how, show that you are, and you will be destined to get that important interview that may lead to a job in the field. 6. Technical Considerations Since nearly all applications are now online, it is important to know exactly how to format your resume to the portals you are presented with. If you can, try to attach the resume as a Word document. You can also use .rtf, as this is a popular format. When you attach a resume, you ensure that your formatting is preserved and it all makes sense. If you are asked to cut and paste your resume into an email, then you need to take other precautions. Format the best you can, and then email it to yourself. Look for flaws in the formatting and work with it until you get the correct formatting to make it look right. You also need to be cautious when pasting your resume into a portal form. Some companies have you fill out online applications with a space for the resume. Again, the formatting with this can be a nightmare. You may want to type your resume in by hand to avoid the extra formatting problems that come over with copy and pasting. Also, don't merely copy and paste answers from your resume directly into a form. Try to give individual, specific answers to their questions and let the resume act as a supplement to those questions. In other words, don't repeat yourself in the form and the resume. Give different, specific, keyword-laden answers to all questions and THEN give them your resume, too. References Advance: 10 Tips to Make Your Resume Stand Out. (2013). Retrieved January 2, 2015 from 10 Tips to Make Your Resume Stand Out on ADVANCE for Nurses Blackhawk Technical College. (2012) Resume Writing for the Nursing Graduate. Monster: Resume Tips for Nurses. (2014). Retrieved January 3, 2015 from Resume Tips for Nurses
  2. Look at your RESUME!!! I've been reviewing resumes this May 2012 for open positions in my department and can't believe the resumes I've received: misspelling, words crossed off, no cover letter, including personal information about family life. Please don't send a resume if you have NONE of the job qualifications, unless your cover letter has explanation e.g. enrolled in education program etc. [Resume sample attached below] Also, agree with our members that calling facility and finding out who is department manager, then forwarding your resume to them along with HR is great idea. Facility Telephone Operators on second shift are great at helping me spell the name of Manager of 2nd floor Med Surg ...Telemetry or ICU unit "so I can respond to their voice mail with a thank you card." I work in a smaller organization than a hospital, but it has taken me over two months to get open positions advertised and three weeks to get resumes sent to me...those that are sent to me directly have interview scheduled the same week. When 300+ persons responded to ONE position online, I can't possibly screen that many candidate. HR is always overwhelmed with applicants to our online Kenexa job application program so quicker for me to review those applying for my occasional 1-2 open positions. Some online application programs have the ability to screen for key job words based on application summary or position description built into it. Visit: Job-Seeker's Glossary of Key Job-Hunting, Career, Job-Search, and Employment Terms Create your resume in a Word document using standard fonts (Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica, with Century Old Style used most for business positions). PROOF READ two times before cut n' pasting material. Previous jobs should have language in past tense while current jobs have present tense used to describe work activities. If attaching a resume and cover letter, it is best to have file saved using your name and date so I can find it again if I download to my computer. 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.) 🙂 Acceptable examples Skywalker_Luke 5-20-12 Skywalker, L 05-20-2012 Skywalker, L Resume Not recommended my resume; updated resume L; ?X old style; lukes bio; peters bio (yet first name listed as Luke ????) With focus on facilities going to electronic medical records (EMR), don't forget to list "Computer skills" as heading after work experiences. Under computer skills, list those you have experience with, especially if at intermediate or advanced proficiency. You might want to include any computer course work taken. List any experience moderating websites, etc. All these skills are what facilities need and looking for today. Example As hiring manager, I look at length of time at positions and job progression along with experiences applicants state that would transfer to a healthcare environment. I'm always skeptical of someone changing jobs every 3-6 months without explanation in cover letter due to cost of hiring and training --need someone to be with me at least a year to recoup my investment in new employee. If job changes are due to working for temp agency, better to list temp agency as employer, then companies and skills obtained/utilized underneath that heading. Consider joining the most often used social media site for the business community: LinkedIn.com. As of March 31, 2012, LinkedIn operates the world's largest professional network on the Internet with 161 million members in over 200 countries and territories. Members post professional bios and resumes online, can connect with persons in similar positions, or reconnect with lost colleagues creating networks -- recruiters often search this site. You can look to see if anyone in your network is connected to someone who works at the company you're applying to. Depending on who the connections are, you could possibly: ask for background information on the job, ask for a proactive referral or introduction, or ask directly for an interview. This advice also applies to job postings within your health system. A college acquaintance I kept in touch with over the years as they ascended the Nursing ranks, called me out of the blue one day to discuss the posting for our Education Director as they had no home care experience. I knew they had taught in a BSN program, served as editor for a nursing publication, worked as Nursing Supervisor and with 20+ years nursing experience, were vastly qualified. As we chatted, told them about online home care CEU articles one could read and what this new position entailed. Next day, as I passed VP Patient Services in the hallway, mentioned phone call and recommended person's resume be looked at IF they applied. Three years later, they have totally transformed our home care education, developing a department with 5 educators! Network freely as a student and later in your career with your instructors, unit Nurse Managers, Preceptor's, colleagues, nursing assistants, house keepers and security guards--anyone you might know that works within a facility; You may someday need to contact them for the scoop on unposted jobs, reference letters or advice on facility "politics" as one tries to climb the nursing ladder. May the force be with you in creating an individualized resume and cover letter highlighting your skills to land the position YOU desire. For advice on interview skills, visit Nursing Interview Help Get Started AACN Brochure: What Nursing Grads Should Consider When Seeking Employment Resume Writing Resume Tips for Nurses Sample Resume for a Nurse Final Cut: Words to Strike from your Resume Cover Letters For The Resume The Basics of the Cover Letter: Vault Sample Cover Letters - a step-by-step guide of what goes on a cover letter done in the format of how the letter should appear. Tips For Submitting Online Applications How to Stand Out When Applying for Jobs Online Letters of Recommendation Asking for a Letter of Recommendation Writing a Letter of Recommendation nurse-resume-sample.docx