Resume Tips for Nursing Professionals

1. For the vast majority of healthcare employers, resumes are prescreened and selected by Applicant Tracking Software (ATS). ATS can scan resumes and give preference or screen out applicants with certain skills and/or those using specific wording.

Tips:

  • Read the job description and use the exact wording in your resume and application. Spell out acronyms before abbreviating them and try to match your experiences and skills to what is listed within the posting.
  • Keep your resume styling simple. ATS might not be able to read complex fonts or structures, and you want to be sure that your skills are coming across. Stick to one font and be sure to not go any lower than 10 point font size.
  • Be sure to include your license title, number, and expiration date, as well as the accrediting body, credential/certification number (where applicable), and the expiration date of your credentials.
2. Appealing to your target audience can help take you the extra mile.

Tip:

  • Research the employer and customize your resume based on the facility values and culture.
3. Include a professional summary in your resume.

Tips:

  • The professional summary can be either a short paragraph or a bulleted list that gives the reader your career snapshot.
  • It could include the number of years in your specialty, facility designations, certifications or awards, supervisory experience and the number of subordinates, language abilities, etc.
4. Include specific duties for each position listed in your work history, and think of these questions when determining what information to include:
  • What illnesses, injuries or traumas do you care for?
  • What cases do you work on?
  • What type of medications do you administer and how?
  • What therapies do you perform?
  • What equipment do you use?
  • How have you improved processes?
  • What was your top achievement in each position?
  • Which achievements have the most impressive numbers?
5. List your relevant degrees in chronological order.

Tips:

  • The suggested format for listing your education experience is: Degree or Certification Title (acronym), Institution Name
  • It is not necessary to include graduation year or GPA on your resume, but a stellar record will help you stand out.
    • For nurses that have been out of school for a while, including your graduation year can contribute to age discrimination against you. Not listing your graduation year will help you not be flagged by an ATS.
6. Make sure you put your best foot forward.

Tips:

  • Your email address should be clear and professional, based on your name.
  • Be sure to have a professional and clear sounding voicemail set up on the phone that you list in your contact information.
  • Your social media accounts will likely be checked – so make sure your profiles are still appropriate and professional.
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Content for this page has been informed by the Top 10 Details to Include on a Nursing ResumeResume Tips for Nurses, and Nursing Resume, the Ultimate Guide.