Guidelines on Creating Nursing Resumes
A well-written nursing resume is the key to success for nurses when it comes to finding work that rewards them properly. And yet I find that many resumes for nurses contain no basic information.
A recent survey of the CVs of 16 nurses revealed a number of problems with these CVs. The concerns were:
• Using prepared templates – Most of the CVs studied used a template. This type of structure is commonly used. By using such templates, the CVs of all applicants will be similar. The effect is that all of these resumes look similar, do not convey all the skills of a candidate, and therefore do not impress the reader. The reader is left to read such boring CVs or reject.
• Career Goals – All CVs studied in this survey started with a career goal. Some CVs in this area are very common to all CVs. One example is “To broaden my knowledge and clinical skills and to gain sound practical experience”. If an experienced candidate applies for a nursing role for which the candidate must have the appropriate skills, this type of career goal will have an effect on the candidate. In addition, the indication of career goals is a better alternative. Most organizations are looking for a candidate who wants to work for them, and a clear career goal is helpful.
• Skills and Competences – This is not clearly defined in most CVs. When you read a CV, you have to search for the skills of a candidate. Nobody has the time to read through a complete CV to identify the skills that a candidate for a role is relevant to.
• Clinical Operations – The survey found that many candidates included clinical assignments but provided very few details. Details of where the placement was and what the placement covered are not included. This provides only limited information. For example, if candidates were switched between areas, providing information about rotation provides a better understanding of the skills.
• Previous experience – In many cases, there are several problems with previous experiences. These include:
o Gaps in the employment period – I think that there must be very few gaps and that an explanation of the gaps must be included.
o Name of an organization without explanation – Many organizations are mentioned, but there is no explanation for the complexity of the organization, the number of hospital beds and the type of organization.
o The Role of the Applicant – This has often been disregarded in the CVs reviewed as part of this survey.
o List of Tasks – All resumes contain a list of all the tasks of a candidate. The main responsibilities were not clearly defined and none of the resumes contained candidate’s achievements.
These are just a few of the problems found in a survey of 16 CVs by nurses applying for work. There are obviously a number of other problems.
To assist nurses in creating their CVs, it is important that some of these headings are included in their future CVs:
• Career goals
• Key competences
• main strengths
• educational qualifications
• Accreditations and registrations with professional organizations
• Professional experience, which should include:
– Position held
– times with employment
– Name of the organization
– A sentence for organization
– Three points for the main responsibility.
– Main achievements
Follow this policy and you will not go wrong in your resume. A cv created by a professional is always important as it covers multiple areas that you did not treat to highlight
Kris Varma is an expert in creating CVs. His CVs are well researched and written while working in Sydney, Australia. Previously, he has written more CV articles, such as “Common Errors in CVs.” He is highly qualified and competent not only to write resumes and letters of application, but also to give valuable information on the current employment climate.