Are you searching for a job as a nurse? Have you gotten your resume prepared and ready for applications? While you may assume that your resume is the ideal for a career in nursing, you also want to check for some of the common mistakes that may limit your opportunities.

Making It Too General

Throughout the course of applying for positions, you need to focus on connecting with professionals for a specific role. Do not assume that your resume applies to every position.

Optimize your resume for the applicant tracking system. Edit it for a role so that you are the ideal candidate for that position, not just a good candidate for any position as a nurse. Employers use applicant tracking systems to identify appropriate candidates. Take their use of the systems into your calculations and adjust your resume to fit the position.

Summarize Your Experience

A resume offers two possibilities for an introduction: a summary or an objective. As a nurse, you want to write a summary because it tells your employer what you bring to the table. It focuses on your skills rather than what you want from your career.

As an nurse, you want to share your skills with a potential employer. Unlike other industries, employers in healthcare want to know what skills you have before they hire you. They need to know if you have the skills they need, particularly when you are looking at specialized fields in nursing. For example, a pediatric nurse needs the ability to work with children, so listing skills related to childcare and pediatric nursing will help. Nurses who assist a surgeon bring other skills to the table. A summary allows you to list specific skills for a potential employer.

Leaving Gaps in Your Resume

A gap in your resume does not look good to an employer. When you take off time from your career, explain the gap in your resume. You can explain in your summary. For example, if you took time off to care for an aging parent, then provide a statement that highlights your experience and the fact that you took time off to care for an aging parent. If you took time off to pursue a higher education, then list your accomplishment in your resume and provide the dates when you started and finished your certification or education.

Use an Inappropriate Email Name

Never use a personal email account with a username that was for friends, family and your personal interactions. Set up a new email account with your first and last name or with your last name and first initial. A professional email name shows that you are serious about obtaining a position. You also want to avoid hobbies or interests on your resume to make it look professional. Focus on your education and experience. Use a professional email account. It will suggest you are prepared to start your career.

Your resume is the first impression you make on a potential employer. Edit it to fit the needs of your employer and the position. Showcase your skills and make sure you provide a professional email address.