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The Top Resume Tips for Nurses

If you’re in your final semesters of schooling and are actively looking for a nursing job, it’s important to whip your resume into shape. However, if you’re new to the job search, it can be difficult to know what to put on your resume. A great, well-structured resume will help keep you ahead of the competition as you begin to apply for nursing jobs. Consider these tips on how to craft the perfect resume for nursing.

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Make yourself look like a professional
There are hundreds of professional nursing organizations that nurses can affiliate themselves with. Consider what organizations interest you and enroll in them as soon as you can. Sometimes you might have an opportunity to hold a position in one of these organizations, which looks even better. As soon as you are part of the group, add it to your resume. List the organization’s name, your date of enrollment, the role you held if any and why you chose that organization over others. A hiring manager may appreciate learning why you chose a certain group, especially if they joined the same one.

Show off your qualifications
When you’re crafting your resume, it’s a wise move to introduce yourself before getting into your credentials. Write a summary about yourself discussing your experience and skill set. Basically, it should be a condensed version of your cover letter. It’s important to highlight any strengths you have here, such as being a team player or having great communication skills, as employers will want to see that as well. While it shouldn’t give away the details of your resume, it also shouldn’t be too vague. Wrap up your most prized assets in a concise set of statements.

Discuss your licensing
Sure, you may have details of your nursing experience while in school that you’d like to share, but it’s also critical to add information about your actual nursing license. It’s important to list the type of license you acquired as well as the state where you are licensed to practice. Add in critical details like the license number and its expiration date. While some hiring managers may be intrigued by what you have done and where, the most important piece of information is that you’re licensed to be a nurse.

Mention your availability
As you learned in rounds, nurses always need to be on call regardless of the hour. That’s why you should mention your availability in your resume or in the application. Hiring managers will be interested to find out when you can work so they can decide whether they have a position for you or not. Of course, you may not always get the exact hours that you requested, but you may get the morning shift instead of the night shift, and vice versa. Mentioning this is crucial as your preferred hours may better fit a position that isn’t listed but is available.

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Show off your skills and awards
Often, nurses are involved in more than just their job. If you have done volunteer work on your campus or within the community, definitely mention it. If you were given awards for your top grades or stellar performance during rounds, include it. If you took initiative and launched a new program, pushed for a change or simply touched someone’s life in a major way, write it down. These unique skills and accolades will make you stand out against the other applicants and impress your hiring manager. They show that you’re not only a great nurse but that you’re hardworking and a top performer.

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