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How to Create a Winning Resume for Nursing

The healthcare and nursing job market is on the rise, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted exponential growth in the industry by 2020. If you are in the nursing field and are seeking employment, your job search would benefit from creating the best resume suited to your field. There are several factors to consider during the resume crafting process. This article will address how you can create a winning resume for the nursing field.

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1. Breaking Down Your Content

The first step in the process begins with understanding the best way to break down your content and how to include the most effective information. Remember that your main goal is to create a winning resume that enables you to stand out from the crowd of applicants. You need to figure out how to separate yourself from the competition; especially because the nursing field is currently booming.

There are four main areas that you will focus on: Summary, Expertise, Experience and Education. The following information will detail how to create the most effective content to include in each section of the resume.

2. Crafting a Winning Summary

The summary or career objective is included at the top of the resume. Think of the summary as the first impression that the hiring manager will get of you. Remember that your resume is the gateway toward getting an interview. You need to make certain that your summary sparks interest in the hiring manager to want to bring you in for an interview. It is important to create the need for the hiring manager to rush to bring you in for an interview. Basically, this individual must think that you are simply too good of a candidate to pass up for the job.

The summary should consist of 1 – 5 sentences and include pertinent details that create a sense of urgency that you are a “winning” candidate. Think about why you would bring more workplace value to the organization than any other candidate. If you can’t answer that question about your own value, you won’t be able to effectively translate those qualities into your summary. You should include a concise summary of your career objective, your area of expertise and any factors that make you the best candidate for the job.

3. Focus on Your Skills & Expertise

Your skillset as a nursing professional is vital knowledge that any future employer needs to ascertain about you. Nurses have a very specific skillset and if you don’t elaborate on your skills or only provide vague information, you will decrease your chances of creating a winning resume.

For your skillset section, you should format it with bullet points and create a listing of your top level skills. Remember, that you are not writing a book, but rather providing the hiring manager with a comprehensive listing of your skillset. For example, some nursing professionals have more experience and skills with administrative work than others. It is important to include details on whatever skills you have that set you apart from the other candidates.

4. Create a Listing of Your Workplace Experience

The next section should demonstrate that you are the best candidate for the job. You can showcase your “winning” experience by creating a comprehensive bulleted listing of your various jobs. Remember to highlight the specific hospital or medical facility that you worked at, the years worked and your title such as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) etc.

Don’t be shy about showcasing your specific workplace experience. You want to present your workplace experience in a good light so that the hiring manager will bring you in for an interview. List your job responsibilities such as patient observation, recording patient behavior, operating medical equipment, performing diagnostic tests, etc. Be truthful in the information that you cite since the hiring manager is trying to ascertain which candidate is the perfect match for the actual employment position

5. Include Your Education Information

Your education level and all your various academic accomplishments need to be properly cited and showcased in a manner that sets you apart from the other candidates. You can further distinguish yourself from the other candidates by citing any honors, academic scholarships or fellowships that you’ve received. Again, as a nursing professional, you need to pay attention to including details such as being licensed in your state and the date that you received it.

Depending on your personal preference you may or may not want to include the actual license number. You don’t have to include the number on your resume since the new employer will receive a copy of your license when you go through the actual hiring process..

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Creating a winning resume for a nursing professional is a simple process if you follow the basic outline as discussed in this article. If you’re a nursing professional, what steps have you taken to set yourself apart from the competition?

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