Resume Writing Tips
Show you are familiar with the industry by eliminating any
doubts about how your qualifications meet the needs of the
employer. You can accomplish this in three ways:
- use key terms and phrases common in your target industry
- highlight information that is most relevant to your
- incorporate the specific qualifications they mention in
the position posting within your résumé.
Make a Positive First Impression
Your overall résumé presentation says volumes about you. You
have approximately 20-30 seconds to make that good first
impression. Put yourself in the employers shoes. Would you
seriously consider a person for a job whose résumé was printed
on thin, cheap paper with smudgy dot matrix printing, misspelled
words, poor grammar, or who used a too general throw-away
Check It Once, Check It Twice
Do not put your complete trust in computer spell-check. It is
always a good idea to have someone else look over your résumé.
After you spend hours working on something, you may not catch
spelling errors or questionable grammar, so let the career
counselor, or at least a friend, double-check your work.
EDIT ! EDIT ! EDIT !
Template of Nursing Resume: Components of the Résumé
List your name, address, city, state, zip code, area code and
telephone number of where you can be reached. Include your
e-mail address if you check it regularly and often.
State the position title for which you are applying or cite the
field in which you want to work. Also, indicate what you have to
offer the employer by using statements like "... utilizing my
leadership and organization skills." Avoid generalities like
"challenging position with opportunity for growth and
advancement." Always tailor your objective for each position you
Recent graduates should place education first as it is the
primary qualifying factor for the position. List most recent
degree first and work back in time. It is not necessary to list
high school education. List your degree and major, minor, name
of school(s) attended (include city and state), month and year
degree was (or will be) earned, and your GPA if 3.0 or above.
Relevant Course Work:
If you don't have career-related work experience, it is a good
idea to list some of the courses you have taken or are currently
taking that are relevant for the position for which you are
applying. This gives the employer an idea of some of your
training and shows that you have knowledge in your specific
You may include internships, experiential learning, volunteer
work, clinical rotations, practica, and senior projects. This
includes both paid and unpaid experience. Show what you have
achieved and special contributions you have made. Make sure you
define abilities rather than your duties, stress your
accomplishments, cite dates and a brief description using bullet
statements with strong action verbs.
State the name of the honor, award and/or scholarship, and the
date received. Also include recognition you have received in
Involvements & Activities:
This section may include on-campus as well as community
involvements and activities. It may also include your
memberships in professional organizations and/or military
service. Be certain to make special mention of any offices you
held or presentations performed that relate back to your career
objective. Listing hobbies is optional.
List computer languages and software, research, laboratory,
teaching or tutoring, communication, leadership, and foreign
languages skills. If you are a Computer Science major, you may
wish to have a separate section dedicated to computer skills
thereby drawing the employers attention to it.