SOME THINGS TO WATCH FOR:
While traditional nursing resumes used to be printed out and sent a hard copy to hospitals and healthcare centers, the applications today are processed digitally. Your resume could be sent to the employer via email, or they could have found it on a job board or a recruiter. Most employers will search job websites for specific words or phrases (called Keywords) that are closely related to the job they are hiring for. Resumes that contain these keywords will show up in their searches, and thus make it through the gate for the first phase of the recruitment process. And conversely, if the keywords can’t be found by the search engine, it won’t show up in the results – and that’s usually the end of the story right there. So, the next time you look at the job ad, try and find words that you think are unique to that job – they’ll be there, and they will be highly specific. Then you need to work those words or phrases into your nursing resume, preferably repeating them a couple of times in the document. The key here is to insert the keywords smoothly and cleanly into the word flow so that they look organic and an integral part of the document. This non-obvious inclusion of keywords is a great way to bring your resume to the top of a relevant search. You don’t want to copy paste a bunch of keywords randomly into your document. This is called keyword-stuffing and is a sure-fire way of getting the search engine to assign a lower rank to your resume in the search results.
Consistency and Connections:
Another point to keep in mind while crafting a Nursing Resume, is that the qualifications, relevant experience and skills should be linked with the appropriate training and certification details (for example, Advanced CPR training for Emergency Room Nurses). A potential employer would like to see that the candidate has the requisite training and has applied these technical skills in a healthcare environment such as general medicine, ICU, pediatrics etc. Similarly, if you have professional affiliations that are related to healthcare, or you have done volunteer work in similar environments, be sure to include those in the section below your core experience.This presents a well-rounded picture of your professional achievements and works in your favour when it’s time for the shortlist.
You’ve got all your information in, and you’ve highlighted everything important. Now you need to wrap this up in a great package as well – and that means good formatting. Try and edit the content of your resume to fit one or two pages at the most. You can adjust the margins to fit the content, but try not to reduce them too much. The font choice should be professional, easy-to-read and applied consistently to the whole document. Your font size should be chosen appropriately – it should be large enough to read comfortably. You can creatively use lines to break up the text into section blocks to improve readability. We have a detailed description about formatting in our How to Write a Resume page
And finally, since these are so important, we’re going to repeat a couple of things. Firstly, for the Nursing Resume to showcase you in the best possible way, be sure to highlight soft skills such as teamwork and patient management. Secondly, use action verbs and quantified statements.
Remember, your nursing resume is a merely a tool that you will need to get to the interview stage, so it very important to tailor it specifically for each healthcare job that you apply to, making sure it accurately showcases your best skills and experience. This will greatly increase the probability of being called in for an interview, and an opportunity to show them what an awesome nursing professional you are.