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7 Best Resume Tips for Nurses

7 Best Resume Tips for Nurses

Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert

The US Department of Labor projects much faster-than-average job growth for nurses through 2014. That means as employers seek to recruit and retain talented nursing staff, nurses will enjoy improved salaries, benefits and working conditions.

You might be thinking: “Oh good, since employers will be clamoring to hire me, I don’t have to worry about my resume.”

Wrong.

A winning resume will you get noticed for the best positions and can facilitate a promotion from your current position. A strong resume can also help you command and negotiate a higher salary. Always put your best foot forward on your resume to attract the most desirable job offers. Follow these tips to make your nursing resume shine and review this sample resume for an entry-level nurse.

Present Your Value Proposition in a Qualifications Summary

Lead your resume with a qualifications summary that provides an overview of the value you bring to the table. Paint a picture of what you have to offer by including a narrative statement of your goal, specialty area, level of experience and any other top credentials. In the Monster Resume Builder, use the Career Objective field to present your summary.

Add an Expertise Section

A bulleted list of your proficiency areas incorporates important keywords into your resume (so you’re found in an electronic search) and gives hiring managers a snapshot of your capabilities. Your expertise (or Key Skills if you’re an entry-level candidate and haven’t yet developed expertise) could be nursing specialty areas (e.g., pediatrics, obstetrics) or skills (JCAHO standards/compliance, medication administration, case management). On your Monster resume, use the Skills section to present your areas of expertise.

Detail Your Nursing Experience

Hiring managers want to understand the scope of your experience so they can see if you’re a good match for the job opening. When describing your nursing experience, write about the type of facility (such as acute care, outpatient, rehabilitation), your caseload and area of specialization. Entry-level nurses with limited work experience should provide details of their unpaid work/clinical rotations/practicums.

Next: Demonstrate That You’re a Top Performer >>


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    Account Removed

    almost 4 years ago

    Awesome tips. Thanks for sharing, I am actually in the midst of rebuilding my Resume. These tips came right on time. Thanks.

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    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7424 comments

    Over all Good Hints were represented in Resume Preparation, Thanks for posting

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    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7424 comments

    Notifying or Mentioning the awards, fellowships, grants, scholarships, membership in recognised associations, presenting specific professioal related achievements is a eye opener for the employer in placing an individual for suitable job and utilise their expertisedness in related fields is always right to do

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    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7424 comments

    Functional format representation in resume is madatory

  • Blue_birds_max50

    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7424 comments

    Stating Nursing and other Work Experience is crucial in ones' own resume

  • Blue_birds_max50

    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7424 comments

    Listing and detail explanation of our achievements or accomplishments in Resume is a valuable asset for both employee/ job seeker & Employer

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    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7424 comments

    Narrating in detail the Nursing Experience is essential indicates the area of specialization, workload, previous exposure to the clinical area will give an idea for employers and it is useful for job openings

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    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7424 comments

    Areas of Expertisedness, specialised skills presentation in resume is necessary

  • Blue_birds_max50

    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7424 comments

    Inclusion of top Credentials , Specification of goals, work experience, field interested will focusses the employer for giving specific position.,

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    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7424 comments

    It will be very useful for the professionals to learn the tips in resume development

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    cuttie

    almost 5 years ago

    1042 comments

    I will be ready.

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