There are many ways to advertise a product: television commercials, newspaper inserts, Internet ads, and so on. When it comes to advertising a person’s experience, expertise, and other qualifications for a job, a great resume is the best option.
A resume gives an employer an opportunity to explore a candidate’s background, so it’s important to take advantage of it and make it really powerful. A good resume can get a candidate in for an interview, but it’s also important to remember there are other important elements, including a great cover letter, references, a thank-you note, and more. What else is important to remember?
Keep It Professional
A professional tone is important because it shows that the candidate is a professional person. For example, an email address may seem like a small detail, but it can have a big impact on the professionalism of the resume. The email address must appear professional and appropriate to the nursing profession.
The resume can help the candidate get an interview, so it’s important to begin the professional tone there. It’s essential to continue that professionalism at every point during the process, including having a list of professional references available. Continue the professionalism with a handwritten thank-you note following [the] interview.
Focus on Experience
The professional experience is the heart of [the] resume. As with most other types of resumes, a nursing resume should list the most recent experience first. For an experienced nurse, an effective resume will demonstrate increasing responsibilities with increasing experience. A resume for a new nurse should include details about clinical rotations as well as information about any other paid and volunteer work experience.
Include Computer Skills
Computer skills are important in nursing, just as they are in other professions. Nurses may use computers in many different ways during the course of any shift. As a result, it can be helpful to list ‘Computer skills’ as a heading after work experience on the resume. If an employer is considering several candidates and one has exceptional computer experience, it can make a difference, especially in the era of Electronic Medical Records (EMR). The more versatility nurses can show in EMR and technology, the better they will stand out from the competition.
Create a Strong Cover Letter
A resume lists experience and other important facts, but a cover letter can be more personal, including highlighting why a nurse loves being a nurse. The cover letter can be an important part of helping a hiring manager understand why a nurse is applying for a particular job. It’s important to remember to keep it brief and on point: two paragraphs are more than enough for the body of your cover letter.
We’re Interested in YOUR resume
At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we value your experience. Whether you have logged several years in the workforce or are still within your first few years in nursing, you bring important expertise to your patients. We specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals for per diem, travel, temp-to-hire, and permanent assignments throughout the United States. Interested? Give us a call at 310.436.3650 today.