As you begin to put together a nursing resume for a job, it is important to understand what nurse recruiters are looking for in an employee. Here are five essential components to make your nursing resume stand out from the rest of the competition:
Make it concise and professional
The first thing recruiters look for in a nursing resume is exceptional writing skills. After all, communication is an imperative part of the job. In addition to including stellar content, you want to show your ability to use clear and concise language. Keep your resume professional by avoiding specialized fonts, colors and images, and sticking to a maximum of two pages in length.
Emphasize your skills and strengths
By including job specific skills and strengths, a nurse recruiter can easily determine if you meet the desired skillset of the position that they are looking to fill. Hint: things such as Bilingualism, Computerized EHR Documentation Systems Experience, Quality Assurance Knowledge, Leadership Experience and Ability to Articulate Critical Thinking Skills are some of the most desired attributes of a nursing applicant.
Highlight your accomplishments
Include specific achievements regarding any awards, honors, internships, and academic or professional works that you have received recognition for. These items will provide the nurse recruiter with a sense of your personal drive, and will certainly impress.
Provide a recent and relevant employment history
Recruiters sift through hundreds of resumes while searching for a qualified applicant. By listing a concise employment history that directly relates to the position, this can help the recruiter quickly determine your experience level. For example, if you have previously worked in a doctor’s office as a secretary, and at a fast food restaurant as a line cook, you should list the doctor’s office experience first. Be sure to include the dates of each position held, and provide a brief detail of your job duties.
Include three professional references with recommendation letters
Professional references are essential for the nurse recruiter to obtain information regarding your character and performance ability. Professional references include professors, clinical instructors, and direct supervisors. Be sure to ask for letters of recommendation that you can submit to the nurse recruiter upon their request.
I hope these tips help you in creating your resume so that you may land the job you desire!