When you complete an education in nursing and start looking for career opportunities, you want to stand out from other applicants with an excellent nursing resume. The challenge is finding the right strategy to capture the attention of potential employers without distracting from the content of your resume. Fortunately, you can stand out with a clear plan of action and careful evaluation of the position.
Cater Your Nursing Resume to the Job
Whether you are just starting out in nursing or you have experience in a previous career, you want to focus on the job responsibilities of the new career opportunity. Evaluate the job and the responsibilities that a nurse must provide for the specific position. Focus your nursing resume by using relevant experience or skills that relate directly to the job responsibilities. For example, if you apply for a position in pediatric nursing, then you want to highlight your experience working with children or working with a pediatric doctor. Showcase the skills that suggest you are the right fit for the position.
Proofread and Check for Errors
Always read, edit and re-read your nursing resume before you send it to a potential employer. Spelling errors, poor grammar or obvious mistakes in your resume make you stand out, but not in the way you want. Your resume is the first impression a potential employer has of your work ethics and your attention to detail.
Proofreading is particularly important when using modern devices and tools to write your resume because many tools auto-correct your errors. In some cases, you may end up with the wrong word in your resume. Double and triple check for errors before sending your resume to an employer.
Use Numbers and Facts
Professional resumes focus on your accomplishments through facts and figures. Quantify your accomplishments with specific numbers and facts that showcase your skills and accomplishments in previous nursing positions. For example, if you improved the efficiency of a medical facility by 10 or 15 percent, then give the figure in your nursing resume. Provide a brief description of how you improved efficiency, such as improving the filing system to access patient records more quickly. Giving clear facts and figures helps a potential employer determine the best ways you fit into a hospital or medical facility.
Keep the Format Simple
A simple resume format is ideal when applying for a professional career. You do not want to use colors, fancy fonts or other odd formatting strategies to create an effective resume. Use a simple format that focuses on content rather than appearance. Use a normal font in a reasonable size. Do not use small print or large print on your resume. Highlight your experience, education and unique skills or accomplishments.
When you apply for a nursing position, your resume is your first impression. You want to make a positive first impression by writing a resume that has a simple format, concise details of your experience and catering the resume to a potential employer. By writing a concise, factual and simple resume that caters to the specific position, you encourage employers to call you for an interview.
If you would like to speak with a recruiting adviser with Cure Healthcare, simply contact us. We look forward to working with you.