TOP TIPS FOR NURSING RESUMES Presented by: Lisa Mauri Thomas, M.S. NURSING RESUMES – IN CONTEXT Resumes introduce YOU and showcase what exactly you “bring to the table” in the here-and-now. What this means: State a specific goal Support that goal throughout your resume Provide concrete details to support your claims Infuse warmth and personality CONTEXT – CONTINUED… Important to Note: Generic, all-purpose resumes won’t help you Simply listing duties is ineffective, bland Nursing is a calling; it’s also a BUSINESS Credentials alone will get you nowhere Be careful of Resume Templates Your Resume is a TOOL, as is your Cover Letter, your Credentials, your Networking efforts – Tools to support your Overall Job Search Strategy YOU MUST BRING YOUR A-GAME Recognize where you’re at in your career – and embrace it! Whatever your age, whatever school you’ve attended, whatever you’ve read or heard about the current economic realities – forget about it! Be prepared on all fronts, put your best foot forward, stretch your comfort zone – and BE YOURSELF! GO THE EXTRA MILE Work as a CNA or similar role, gain experience Volunteer, consider “Volun-tourism” Attend networking events, be an active member Give CARE, wherever you go Tell your Nursing dream to ALL who know: a Nurse, or Nurse Supervisor, or someone who works in a Hospital or Nursing Home or Public Health Agency, or Clinic, or Insurance company, or sells or services Medical Equipment and Supplies, or advocates for Patients and Patient-Rights Networking Matters – Be Yourself DEVELOP YOUR “MASTER” RESUME Think about who you are, what you’re about Determine & celebrate your greatest strengths Assess & manage around your weaknesses Visualize yourself in the job you want Understand who your primary audience is Appreciate what will make/break their decisions Customize it for specific roles, organizations Your RESUME must be clear in its intent and speak the language of your audience RESUME SAMPLES… “SO WHAT?! What to LOOK FOR What to AVOID Clear Objective Fuzzy, vague wording Simple formatting Overuse of formatting Samples at your level Samples ↑ or ↓ your level Impact statements Basic list of duties YOU should stand out Section titles stand out Chronological Functional, skills based Crisp, clean look/feel Sloppy margins, typos Professionalism Disjointed, awkward Enthusiasm, drive Lackluster presence Warmth, personality Just a warm body SAMPLE 1 SAMPLE 2 SAMPLE 3 TOP 10 TIPS FOR NURSING RESUMES 1. Name and contact info should not “dominate” 2. For entry-level positions, use an Objective 3. Clearly state the job title you’re applying for 4. Use keywords and key phrases throughout 5. List Education (degree) before Experience 6. List all Certifications and Licensure numbers 7. List your Clinical Experiences with details 8. Apply formula: Action Word + Detail + Impact 9. Reserve bold fonts for YOU, not section headers 10. List non-nursing work experience last RESUME EVALUATION TOOL FOR NURSES NEED MORE? ASK LISA! Visit http://changeyourjob.us Sign up online for Free Weekly Career Advice Request free copy of PPT, firstname.lastname@example.org Request FREE Job Search Organizer Tool Thank You!
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