How to Create a Resume for Nursing Students
What is the purpose of a resume?
A resume is a marketing tool and works by presenting your skills, knowledge, and experience to a potential employer in a concise, easy-to-read way.
The average employer spends only 15 to 20 seconds reviewing a resume.
Remember that a resume does not get you a the job, it gets you the interview
One or two pages in length (one page double sided)
0.5 inch margins or greater and 11 point Times New Roman font.
Consistent Format and avoid clutter
Tricks: Target Your Content Highlight experiences and skills most relevant to the position by incorporating keywords from the job posting.
Avoid Pronouns: Personal or possessive pronouns (I, my, me, we, our) are not appropriate in a resume.
Highlight Accomplishments: Use action verbs, and details to describe not only what you did
What to Include:
HEADING: Include name, mailing address, telephone number (home or mobile) and a professional email address.
List all institutions and degrees: Include dates of completion in reverse chronological order. Make sure to include study abroad or summer institutes.
GPA: Including your GPA is optional, unless the employer requires you to do so. Standard practice is to only include GPA if over 3.2
Include academic accomplishments: Research, special projects, presentations, and/or relevant thesis topics
If you are a new RN graduate: prioritize your clinical experience by placing Clinical Rotations and any nursing related experience (CAN, Nursing Home Aide, etc.) toward the beginning of the resume.
Remember all new RN graduates completed clinical rotations: find a way to make your rotational experience stand out.
Only include clinical experience that is relevant to the job position
Setting location and hour
CLINICAL AND WORK EXPERIENCE
Include Clinical Experience and/or Related Experience first: Not nursing school clinical
Reverse Chronological Order: Include the employer name, city and state, job title, and dates of employment.
Bullet points = accomplishments Show the results of your work and how it helped the organization.
Use Action Verbs: such as analyzed, communicated, assisted, developed, improved, increase, counseled, organized, managed.
Do not use any action verb more than once under the same job.
SKILLS AND ACTIVITIES
Technical Skills: list relevant computer applications, languages, and technical clinical skills from most unique to least unique.
Languages: acceptable proficiency terms: native/bilingual; full professional proficiency/fluent; minimum professional proficiency/conversational, limited working proficiency, elementary/basic.
Leadership o Include your most recent leadership roles; avoid using outdated experiences o If you have extensive leadership experience, you could create a separate “Leadership Experience” section or you can include leadership positions under the “Work Experience” section.
Affiliations o List professional organizations and other community affiliations that support your career goals, including student organizations.
Volunteer o List most recent and/or relevant activities first. In general, employers like to see some type of volunteer activity on the resume even if it’s not directly related to the job you’re applying for.
Certifications o List most recent and/or relevant certifications first.