How to Brainstorm Your Way to a Strong Nursing Resume

September 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

People in Brainstorming Session

There are plenty of nursing jobs up for grabs across the country and while that means opportunities it also means competition. This makes it even more important than ever for nursing students and recent graduates to focus on grooming not only themselves but their resumes to reflect their willingness to contribute their skills and knowledge to the healthcare field.

Creating a resume seems like a no brainer and there are plenty of online and offline resources to help. But to really come up with a solid resume that’s effective enough to catch the eye of potential employers, it requires more than just filling in a ready-made template.

While using resume templates do result in a polished and organized product, it should be about substance and not just appearance. Doing a brainstorming session to identify the “meat and potatoes” of a nursing resume will allow an individual to present a resume that not only looks good but contains information that is certain to get them to the interview stage.

Don’t Get Stuck on School

Too many new nurses rely on building their resumes around where they received their education from. Of course this is an important factor but it isn’t the only thing that employers take into consideration. In fact, too many post grads rely on boasting about their schooling to the point where it becomes the sole focus of the resume instead of what the candidate has to offer the employer.

Job seekers fresh out of school will certainly have little choice but to rely on the educational portion of their resume but even so, place emphasis on skills gained and experiences obtained during essential times like the clinical rounds, other internship or volunteer opportunities instead of bragging about where you got your degree from.

What Do You Have to Offer?

Aside from a solid educational background and training, what specific skill sets and qualifications make you worthy of consideration and, ultimately, being hired into your desired nursing position? This is where brainstorming really comes in handy. List relevant strengths and skills you are known for. Having trouble with the brainstorming session? Look up job descriptions for the nursing position you’re applying for and borrow some of the terminology (don’t copy everything word for word obviously).

Make sure the items you’re getting from the nursing job descriptions apply to you. Never “pad” your resume. It doesn’t take much during an interview for hiring managers to know whether or not the candidate in front of them matches the candidate presented on the resume.

Highlight Accomplishments

Healthcare employers want to know what a new hire can do for their business. In addition to listing previous positions held, add 3-5 items describing what achievements you accomplished during your time at each company. Don’t be afraid to share how you introduced new solutions, helped with identifying and resolving issues and how your actions contributed overall to the company/team.

By emphasizing these experiences in a resume, employers will know right away that you have a good track record and that you’ll be bringing in those good habits over to your next job.

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