Writing a Standout Resume – Straight From The Recruiters


writing-nursing-resumeWe 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:



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.

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!


2 comments on “Writing a Standout Resume – Straight From The Recruiters”

  1. Nov.1, 2013
    Good morning,
    Your offer of employment in the student health field interests me. My degree is a Bachelor of Education with a Phys-ed minor. I have additional credits in
    business law and labor law. I did some personal assisting for a friend’s deaf neice during summer vacation and a little for a blind person as needed in a
    dining room and persons requiring minor assistance on the street. Though I do not have an RN degree I have worked with the student population at the University of Manitoba as a data entry processor and generally enjoy student populations. I worked on a horse ranh in Mineola for three weeks recently and have visited Dallas several times. If you feel I would qualify for a temp to hire position, please leave me a message on the application or e-mail me. Sincerely, Nancy Freeman a more complete resume will follow .

  2. Key Words. I recently spoke with a Cath Lab manager who hired one of our Cath Lab nurses for a travel job in Oregon. He says that most times hiring managers initially give a cursory skim in search for key words. Make sure you put key words at the very top of the resume so that there is no way to miss it. Clear, concise bullet-points may work best. Make sure you know what the job requires. For instance, if you are looking for one of our travel cath lab nurse jobs on our site and saw that there was a high-paying Pediatric Cath Lab travel job in Southern California.

    If you were writing a resume for this job, make sure you highlight keywords like “CA licensed” or “Pediatric Experience” or “PALS” at the very top. The very top third of your travel nurse resume is probably the most critical. Do not neglect to fill it with keywords you know the hiring manager would look for in a Cath Lab travel nurse.

    For instance, if you are a Travel Cath Lab RN who seeks a travel position, the top third of your resume might be filled with these bulletpoints:

    – 10+ years of experience
    – Strong in EP
    – Scrub, Circulate, Monitor
    – Interventional Angiography
    – Seasoned traveler
    – Strong in both interventional radiology and electrophysiology
    – Skillful with STEMI patients
    – Proficient with Maclab/Cardiolab, OCT, FFR, Angiojet, Rotoblade, EKOS, IAB, IVU

    This might not describe you, but I know there might be a better way to package the skillset & experience you do have. There are always ways to improve how you are marketed. If you want some feedback or help in putting together a travel nurse resume, or if you want assistance to give you the edge, do not hesitate to reach out to me. It energizes me to help good nurses in any field (Cath Lab, GI, Surgery/OR, ER, ICU, etc) find a good fit. You can call me at 855-881-1539 or email me at steve.yang@soliant.com . – Steve Yang


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