4 Ways to Improve Your Nursing Resume

4 Ways to Improve Your Nursing Resume

When you’re working with a recruiter to help you find employment in the field of nursing, you know that your resume is going to be seen quite often by a number of people. How can you make your nursing resume stand out from among the sea of other candidates? We have four tips for improving your nursing resume.


  1. Summarize your qualifications.
    There is a lot of information on your resume, and depending on how many resumes a person is looking at before deciding who gets an interview, your strengths may not get noticed in the sea of words on the page. Start out with a qualifications summary that will tell the person making the hiring decision why you are the right person for the job. This includes your employment objective, how much experience you have, what your specialty is, and any other important information you want them to know.
  2. Prepare your resume for electronic search.
    You may not even have a human being looking over your resume before the interview; the hiring institution may be using an electronic search to find only individuals who mention certain areas of expertise in their resumes. You must include these keywords in the text of your resume. If you’ve done a lot of work with kids, make sure you use the word pediatrics. If you’ve worked the ER, use the words emergency department or emergency medicine. If you don’t list these keywords, you may get overlooked.
  3. Showcase your strengths by using the right format.
    If you’re fresh out of nursing school, you don’t want to fashion your resume in a manner that emphasizes your lack of experience. Highlight your academic honors and accomplishments, licensure, and clinical rotations. If you do have the experience, spell out not only your job duties, but things you did to go above and beyond your job title. Were you a trainer? Did you help your department during JCAHO accreditation? Did you receive any commendations? Highlight the things that will show a potential employer that they’d be getting more bang for their buck by hiring you.
  4. Be specific.
    What type of facilities have you worked at? It’s not enough to list the name of your past employers and the dates you worked for them; there are literally thousands of facilities out there, and chances are that the hiring manager has no idea what sort of reputation any particular facility has. Was it an outpatient facility, general practice, intensive care? How many patients were on your caseload on any given day? What was your specialty? These are all important determinations to help a hiring manager know whether or not you’d be a good fit.

When was the last time you updated your resume? Do you have any additional tips that have helped you?

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