Refresh Your Nursing Resume for the New Year
Kim Isaacs | Monster Resume Expert
A resume refresher doesn’t need to be painful. And your efforts could pay off with big dividends. Arm yourself with an updated, high-octane resume, and this could be the year that you land a better job.
Now is a great time to reflect on your recent accomplishments and add them to your resume. Let these ideas guide you.
Find Your Passion
Make sure your resume instantly communicates your career target with a descriptive headline (e.g., “RN and Certified Case Manager”) and adequately reflects your depth and breadth of experience in a brief, hard-hitting opening objective highlighting your top selling points.
If you’re thinking about changing careers or industries, be sure you’ve clearly defined your goal. Your job search will be more successful if your resume targets a specific field instead of being a one-size-fits-all document. Research positions to gain a solid understanding of what you want to do as well as the qualifications employers are seeking.
Once you identify your career target, assess your background and identify transferable skills and experience that will enable success. Add a resume objective that spells out your goals and shows the relevance of past experience. For example: “Certified medical secretary seeking to leverage five years of administrative experience to transition into an executive assistant role.”
Add New Employment, Skills and Accomplishments
Refreshing your resume also means keeping it current. If you’ve changed jobs during the past year, earned a promotion or expanded responsibilities, your resume should reflect this. Even if you’ve remained in the same position, you’ve probably achieved noteworthy accomplishments in the last year.
Don’t forget about your new skills, including technical and computer ones. Add your new skills to the Skills section on Monster’s Resume Builder. Survey your Skills section to ensure your proficiency level and years of experience are current.