We outlined basic resume etiquette in our recent post, “Making Your Nursing Resume Stand Out.” After receiving a rush of great feedback from our recruiters, we decided to create a dedicated blog post outlining their additional resume-writing tips. Here are a few more resume-writing pointers, straight from two of our own Soliant recruiters:
Show how great you are at a quick glance. (Jonathan Tubbs, firstname.lastname@example.org)
With only two seconds or less to decide whether your resume is worth a thorough look, managers need to see how great you at the beginning of the page, so don’t require them to muddle through a sea of text to do just that. To really make this statement, make your manager reference highlights prominent, but not ones from colleagues and coworkers, since employers typically prefer to see references from your supervisors.
For those with travel experience, make sure you include that information in your resume as it can show that you can work through adversity and change.
One word: brevity. (Steve Yang, email@example.com)
Managers and hiring directors work on a tight schedule. They won’t have time to read every single detail of every job you’ve had. For an experienced Cath Lab RN, for example, include only the necessities, such as facility name, city, state, size of the Cath Lab, and the months or years you were employed.
Steve shares this rule of thumb: If what you did at a job is done by every other person of your same position (if it is assumed), do not put it in your resume. Do put in details such as certifications, state licenses, significant degrees, and travel experience at the very top of your resume.
It’s more effective to have someone else give you kudos than it is to sing your own praises, so make sure you include valuable reference highlights near the very top of your resume. If both Steve and Jonathan stress this point, it’s got to be important!
Consider yourself equipped with the necessary skills for writing a standout resume! If you still need help crafting your own, don’t hesitate to contact Jonathan or Steve through their email addresses above. Once you’ve got your resume revised and completed, it’s time to start searching for your ideal job. Begin by browsing through Soliant’s website at www.soliant.com/jobs. Good luck!