It’s an exciting time for Northeastern’s Direct Entry-Hybrid Nursing Program in Boston. On August 22, we’ll be holding our first pinning ceremony! In addition to receiving their nursing pins, students will also graduate from the BSN portion of the program. This means they’ll be able to take the NCLEX, earn their nursing license and start working as an RN.
But before you can work as a nurse, you have to get hired. And in order to get hired, you need a strong resume. Here are 6 tips that will come in handy when creating or fine-tuning your own nursing resume:
1. Format for easy reading.
Recruiters may sort through hundreds of applications to fill one position. Make their job easier by creating a resume that’s easy to scan and that draws attention to your key experiences. This can include using bullet points, action-oriented verbs and bolded words and phrases.
2. Tailor your resume to the job.
Job searching is time-consuming, so it might be tempting to share a single version of your resume for every job you’re interested in. But taking the extra time to customize it for each position is the smarter way to go. Framing your experience using the employer’s own words shows that you’ve read the job description carefully and that you know how your skills relate to the position.
3. Showcase transferable skills.
For new nursing grads, a key to job success is often being open to a variety of opportunities. On your resume, be sure to showcase a range of skills and demonstrate how your strengths impact multiple areas of the job.
4. Include your technical experience.
As we’ve stated before, nurses know tech. Be sure to include experience that’s relevant to the position, especially electronic medical records and state-of-the-art technology.
5. Remember that less is more.
Unlike the research papers you wrote in high school or college, nobody’s paying attention to word count. A four-page resume isn’t more important than a two-page one. Employers are mainly concerned with whether you have the proper skills to do the job (or that you’re capable of learning them once you’re hired).
6. Market yourself as a leader.
At Northeastern, you’re positioned as a decision-maker in countless ways ranging from online exercises to clinical experiences in Boston-area hospitals. Make sure that comes across in your resume. Highlight instances where you took charge, assumed more responsibility and/or initiated positive change.