Like most things, writing a good resume has changed over the years. For example, no one lists their height and weight anymore. And it’s no longer advised to include your photo, hobbies or personal affiliations and interests, says Rae Ellen Douglas, senior search consultant at Kaye/Bassman International in Dallas.
But one of the biggest changes that helps resume writers is the importance of life experiences. That’s because the workplace is no longer one-dimensional. Employees — regardless of their position — need to highlight their diversity of experiences, advises nurse consultant Donna Cardillo in New Jersey.
New grads: highlight your ancillary skills
OK, new grads don’t have years of experience to list in their resume, so that’s why you need to mention your unique skills such as foreign-language skills, volunteer work and independent studies. In a sample resume from the University of Delaware, “Erika L. Nurse” lists proficiencies in sign language and Spanish and her experience as a medical surgical unit secretary.
Experienced? Bring it on
While you’ll tout some of your accomplishments in your cover letter, the resume is the place for details about responsibilities, says consultant Douglas.
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing offers sample resumes for a variety of nursing positions, including pediatric oncology, critical care and family nurse-practitioners. In a sample resume for an experienced RN from Johns Hopkins University, note the keywords that “Florence Barton” uses: accountable, managed, committees, staff development, oversight, mentored and maintained budget.
List certifications, consulting and volunteering
Be sure to include all credible experiences that relate to the specific job you are applying for. In this Johns Hopkins sample resume for a family nurse-practitioner, the applicant’s Peace Corps volunteer work included the design of health and teacher training programs, and teaching of English and science.
And here’s one more example: Certified nurse midwife and hospitalist Sandie Mulcrone of Chicago includes certifications and consulting work in her resume (portion below). Note that certifications are spelled out. Don’t assume that a recruiter will understand acronyms such as NALS.
CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSURE:
Registered Nurse (RN)
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
Licensed Advance Practice Nurse (APN)
Adult and Infant CPR
Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS)
Registered with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
IUD Insertion Trainer / Independent Contractor
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