Developing Your Résumé


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You have 15 second to convince a nurse recruiter that he or she should spend more time reviewing your résumé. In this session, find out how to sell yourself quickly and succinctly. Learn about options for organizing your résumé so that it tells your story effectively, helps you stand out from others and convinces recruiters to take the next step.

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Developing Your Résumé

  1. 1. <ul><li>Describe the purpose of a working resume </li></ul><ul><li>Write an objective for sending a resume </li></ul><ul><li>Create a current resume </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>WORK </li></ul><ul><li>MacNeal Hospital CCU/ICU (Sept. 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>JCAHO compliance committee 2006, 2008, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Selected to present unit training on new computer charting system July 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Helped out in NICU during crunch summer 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Asked to represent unit in nursing committee meetings March 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Preceptor Sept. 2008- </li></ul><ul><li>Non-English speaking pnt on unit; worked w/interpreter when available; found online resources Sept 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Fill-in charge nurse duties Sept. 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Helped implement self-scheduling system Dec. 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Promoted to charge nurse June 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>   </li></ul><ul><li>EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION </li></ul><ul><li>ADN 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>PICC certified 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>BSN 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Joined AACCN 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>BCLS 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>ACLS instructor certification 2008 </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>A private document </li></ul><ul><li>Career planning </li></ul><ul><li>Used to create a customized resume </li></ul><ul><li>Helps you remember dates </li></ul><ul><li>Interview preparation </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The average employer spends only 10 seconds looking at a resume. Yet it is the only contact you have with the potential employer. </li></ul><ul><li>Most employers are actually looking for a reason NOT to interview you. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no room for anything but a flawless, compelling document that reflects who you are and what you've accomplished in the most beneficial light. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Name and credentials </li></ul><ul><li>Contact information </li></ul><ul><li>Introductory statement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Objective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Summary </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Concise sentence stating the reason for sending the resume </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid: To obtain a challenging position in healthcare. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted: To obtain a supervisory position in an acute care setting where I can use my clinical and leadership experience to enhance the care of patients. </li></ul></ul>Objective
  7. 7. <ul><li>Qualifications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List of measurable relevant skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional Summary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Several sentences consolidating experiences from a long-term career </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Chronological </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lists your experiences in reverse chronological order </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shows the path of your career </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best for those who have followed a traditional career path </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Functional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arranges your work history by skill </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best for those with 10+ years of experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best for those with varied experiences </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Sandy Smith, BSN, RN </li></ul><ul><li>446 Lark Dr., Bolling, IL 60440 </li></ul><ul><li>(630) 732-1189 [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>EXPERIENCE </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching: Taught first and second year nursing students in community college and university level. Earned certification as diabetes educator. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Project Management: Designed, developed and implemented an evidence-based model of quality care for outpatient setting. Selected Internet patient education tool and initiated 10-person staff to using with patients. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical: More than 20 years of experience in a variety of settings, including acute care, outpatient, emergency department, OR and physician office. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>POSITIONS HELD </li></ul><ul><li>June 2008-present McNeal Health System , Chicago, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Charge Nurse, CCU/ICU </li></ul><ul><li>  Sept. 2005-June 2008 Memorial Hospital , Chicago, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Nurse, med/surg </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, BSN, May 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, BSN, 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, BSN, anticipated graduation May 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Certification/License </li></ul><ul><li>Related Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical Experience (up to first year) </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant Coursework (up to first year) </li></ul><ul><li>Other Experiences (up to first year) </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Work History </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Certification/License </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Related Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing Education </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hobbies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal information </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Don’t tell readers what they already know </li></ul><ul><li>List your most impressive/relevant accomplishments first </li></ul><ul><li>Start with action words, and vary them </li></ul><ul><li>Write in present tense </li></ul><ul><li>Write in phrases </li></ul><ul><li>Use acronyms & abbreviations only if used industry wide </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Use a consistent style </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spell out or abbreviate months </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use numbers only, or words and numbers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Include month and year in work history </li></ul><ul><ul><li>July 2006-present </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7/2005-9/2007 </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Use headings and spacing to guide the reader </li></ul><ul><li>Use bold for important details </li></ul><ul><li>Use ALL CAPS sparingly; avoid italics </li></ul><ul><li>Use a simple typeface; font size not smaller than 10 point </li></ul><ul><li>Leave side margins for notes </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>WORK EXPERIENCE </li></ul><ul><li>June 2008-present MacNeal Health System , Chicago, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Charge Nursse, CCU/ICU </li></ul><ul><li>Supervise 6 full-time RNs and support staff; preceptor since 2000; assist in implantation of self-scheduling for CCU/ICU all shifts; provide training to unit staff; enforce JCAHO compliance as part of committee. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>January 2007-June 2008 Health Agency , Chicago, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Staff RN </li></ul><ul><li>  Demonstrate adaptability and use wide range of skill sets in assignments ranging from per diem to 3 months. </li></ul><ul><li>March-June 2008, Loyola University Hospital, CCU </li></ul><ul><li>Dec. 2007-March 2008, St. Anthony’s Hospital, float </li></ul><ul><li>May-November 2007, Carle Foundation, trauma/ICU </li></ul><ul><li>Jan. 2007-May 2007, Memorial General Hospital, ER / ICU </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>As long as it takes </li></ul><ul><li>1-2 pages is best </li></ul><ul><li>Use the top half of first page for your best selling points </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Typos & misspellings are the No. 1 pet peeve of hiring managers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask someone else to proof your resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask someone outside your field to proof to spot jargon or confusing acronyms, abbreviations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other pet peeves </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resumes not customized to a particular position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resumes that include too many insignificant details about each position held </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resumes longer than two pages </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Mailing: Use “resume paper,” beige or white; no fancy patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Faxing: Allow ample margins </li></ul><ul><li>E-mailing: Send as a Word attachment; if sending in the text box, replace tabs with spaces; take out italics, bolds </li></ul><ul><li>Using online tools: Cut and paste from a proofed document </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Out of state address </li></ul><ul><li>Confusing or incongruent objective </li></ul><ul><li>Gaps in employment </li></ul><ul><li>Several short-stay positions </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Sue Smith, BSN, RN </li></ul><ul><li>3100 Horizon Dr., King of Prussia, PA 19803 </li></ul><ul><li>(555) 555-5555; [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>OBJECTIVE </li></ul><ul><li>To obtain a position as a new nurse on a med/surg unit where I can use my education and clinical experience to care for patients and further my skills and knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>EDUCATION </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>EDUCATION </li></ul><ul><li>Temple University, BSN program, May 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>GPA: 3.8 </li></ul><ul><li>Dean’s list junior and senior year </li></ul><ul><li>School of Nursing senior class treasurer </li></ul><ul><li>CLINICAL EXPERIENCE </li></ul><ul><li>Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, pediatrics March-April 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ, med/surg January-February 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Memorial Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, critical care November-December 2008 </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>RELATED EXPERIENCE </li></ul><ul><li>May 2009-July 2009 Temple University Hospital , Philadelphia, PA </li></ul><ul><li>Externship, med/surg </li></ul><ul><li>• Improve clinical skills by providing care on 20-bed unit </li></ul><ul><li> • Complete documentation using electronic health records </li></ul><ul><li>June 2005-March 2006 Pottstown Memorial Hospital, Pottstown, PA </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing Assistant </li></ul><ul><li> • Gain knowledge of the nursing field by assisting RNs; provide direct patient care </li></ul><ul><li> • Learn about compassion and patient education </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE </li></ul><ul><li>January 2008-present Barnes & Noble , Devon, PA </li></ul><ul><li>Bookseller </li></ul><ul><li> • Provide customer assistance using active listening </li></ul><ul><li> • Accurately shelve merchandise and update inventory database </li></ul><ul><li>Summers 2005-2008 Busch’s Seafood Restaurant , Sea Isle City, NJ Waitress </li></ul><ul><li> • Achieve customer satisfaction by providing good service </li></ul><ul><li> • Accurately manage cash receipts </li></ul><ul><li> • Learn to stay focused and pleasant in fast pace atmosphere </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>ADDITIONAL SKILLS, CERTIFICATIONS </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Spanish course July 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>American Sign Language fluent </li></ul><ul><li>CPR, active 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>BLS, active 2009 </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Sandy Jones, MSN, RN </li></ul><ul><li>446 Lark Dr., Bolling, IL 60440 </li></ul><ul><li>(630) 732-1189 [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical expert with 25 years of nursing experience in all settings, including ED. Successfully managed staffs of up to 20 FTEs. Implemented self-scheduling and new hand-off procedures in well-established units. Recognized as effective educator, public speaker and published author. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>WORK EXPERIENCE </li></ul><ul><li>Jan. 2000-Present MacNeal Hospital , Chicago, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Sept. 2005-present Nurse Supervisor, CCU/ICU </li></ul><ul><li>Supervise 20 full-time RNs and support staff; implement unit-wide self-scheduling; consistently achieve high-satisfaction Press Ganey scores </li></ul><ul><li>Sept. 2000-Sept. 2005 Charge Nurse, med/surg </li></ul><ul><li>  Manage10 nursing FTEs; encourage evidence-based practice; achieved fewer errors with introduction of new hand-off procedure </li></ul><ul><li>July 1999-Oct. 2000 Oshner Medical , Chicago, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Nurse Manager, ED </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce average wait time from 3.5 to 2 hours in 12- month period in; supervise 20 FTEs in department that sees 70,000 patients/year; on-site for triage of 10-car freeway accident; diversion site for 3 area community hospitals </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Oct. 1995-Oct. 1999 Memorial Medical Center , Tinley Park, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Charge nurse , ICU </li></ul><ul><li>Manage staff in 7-bed unit; accepted new grads and began ICU precepetor program for first time in ICU </li></ul><ul><li>Feb. 1991-June 1993 Children’s Hospial of Chicago , Chicago, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Staff RN, ICU & critical care </li></ul><ul><li>1984-1991 Staff nurse in various facilities in Chicago area </li></ul><ul><li>ACCOMPLISHMENTS </li></ul><ul><li>Published clinical article in ADVANCE for Nurses, May 12, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Presented poster at ENA national meeting, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Served on CE committee for Illinois Nursing Association state meeting 2000-2003 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>EDUCATION </li></ul><ul><li>Loyola University, Chicago, IL </li></ul><ul><li>MSN, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Loyola University, Chicago, IL </li></ul><ul><li>BSN, 1984 </li></ul><ul><li>    </li></ul><ul><li>MEMBERSHIPS & </li></ul><ul><li>CERTIFICATIONS Trauma Nurse Specialist Certification, current ACLS instructor certification since1991 </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Your resume is your first introduction to an employer; make a good impression </li></ul><ul><li>Your resume should not reveal everything about you but pique the interest of the employer </li></ul><ul><li>Your resume should be an honest reflection of your experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Your resume should be targeted to the position you want </li></ul>
  31. 31. About This Presentation <ul><li>Earn contact hours from the convenience of your computer or mobile device. Listen to or download Webinars and podcasts for CE credit. Brought to you by ADVANCE for Nurses. Merion Publications Inc. is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (No. 221-3-O-09), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit to take a test on this session and earn credit. </li></ul>