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Resume Development. Points to remember. Resume or Curriculum Vitae(CV)?. What is a Resume Resumes are one to three pages long COVER MATERIAL RELEVANT TO THE PURPOSE OF THE RESUME RESUMES AT THIS STAGE SHOULD INCLUDE HISTORY OF YOUR COURSE WORK

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resume development

Resume Development

Points to remember

resume or curriculum vitae cv
Resume or Curriculum Vitae(CV)?
  • What is a Resume
    • Resumes are one to three pages long
    • Functional resume is one that groups information by subject rather than chronological order
      • Functional resume is appropriate for those with breaks in their nursing and educational experiences stresses the strengths of your past experiences.
      • Places work experience in categories such as education, practice, volunteer work.
resume vs cv
Resume vs. CV
  • A resume provides the reader with an overview in outline format of your professional education, professional work experiences, scholarly activities, honors, and volunteer work.
  • You may include past work experiences that are not related to nursing that add evidence of the depth of your human development in other areas; areas that may contribute to your nursing capability to take on new tasks such as background in accounting, computer engineering or web page development as an example.
  • A CV is much more detailed generally listing courses taught; lengthy for those withacademic or research oriented careers
  • No standard format for preparing a resume.
  • The NLN has suggested one style while applications for grants will require a different style in chronological order termed a Biosketch
  • However, a font size of 10-12 point is recommended.
chronological resume
Chronological resume
  • Nurses entering a new area of nursing continue to update &build resume over time.
  • Nurses with a continuous work history
    • Work history should be in reverse chronological order from most recent to least recent
    • Headings are very important to organizing your resume and helping the reader follow your career
    • Brain storm to determine what headings or categories you will need to include in your resume
recommended format most common headings used
Recommended Format &most common headings used
  • Center level one heading is your name, address phone numbers and email address
    • Name &address: Centered at top of page using Uppercase and Lowercase Heading
    • Jane Dow
    • Address
    • Phone, email address
    • Bold is not recommended for this heading with the exception of your name
  • Heading for categories are flush left bold in upper and lower case
  • Headings include:
  • Licensure &Certifications
    • Valid Dates followed by State BORN, license number and any certifications you may have including ACLS, CPR, other
resume headings contd
Resume Headings contd.
  • Professional Goal (statement is consistent with the purpose of submitting your resume; revise each time you resubmit your resume for a different purpose. Ex: Obtain a entry level position as a registered nurse in medical surgical nursing.
  • Professional Education (to include ADN)
    • Dates attending 2009-present Associate degree in progress School name address, accreditation status, & expected date of graduation
      • Indent five spaces subheading under program
      • Courses completed & in progress
      • Do not include high school education
resume heading contd
Resume heading contd.
  • Professional Nursing Experience

Most recent to least recent, indent left under the heading list dates for each period of employment followed by:

      • stating your role title, agency , dates of employment
      • brief description of responsibilities
resume headings contd1
Resume headings contd.
  • Scholarship
    • List articles publications, presentations in most recent to least recent
  • Professional organizations
    • List memberships, office held, any positions held in professional organizations such as chair or member of committee.
  • Professional activities
    • List committees, contributions demonstrate your skills in leadership &volunteer contributions in your work setting
  • Volunteer work
    • List volunteer work in your community, schools, tutoring handicapped children etc.
  • Other
    • List here any other non-nursing related skills that may provide insight into capabilities you have that are needed in today’s health care systems. For example:computer skills, word processing, web page development
variations are permissible
Variations are permissible
  • Some prefer to put dates on the right side of the resume.
cover letter
Cover letter
  • When applying for a clinical placement or position, include a thoughtful professional cover letter.
  • Address should be in a formal layout with inside address for the person to whom you are sending the letter.
  • In the letter, Include the position you are applying for, when you are available for interview, plans to contact them after they have had time to review your resume.
  • A well thought out cover letter can make a good impression and guide you in achieving your desired results.
  • Harvard University Office of Career Development , Resume development for students. Retrieved on January 31, 2009 from
  • Welton, R., & Morton, P. (2002). Writing an effective resume. Critical Care Nurse, (Suppl, Career Guide) p. 18-22, 52.