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When you are updating your resume, the easiest way to make it stand out from the rest is to consult with experts. Weve compiled a fantastic database filled with samples, tip and tricks from experts. Consider this Clinical Nurse III resume against your own. Apply our experts critiques to your own document to make sure it is complete and professional.
A Concise Summary
The summary is the first thing your hiring manager will see when he or she receives your resume. Because its your first impression, you want to make the most of it. Think of this section as a 30-second elevator pitch. A quality pitch will convey engaging and important details without running over on time. That said, the summary for this sample is simply too long. Visually, a resume must be inviting and large blocks of text are daunting to face. For this reason, most sections demand bullets as a blanket rule. Like the sample, the summary section does not need complete sentences. Instead, use short and powerful phrases filled with strong action words. The applicant does a great job of providing rich and relevant detail, but the average summary should be 4-6 lines long. In truth, you should probably aim for the lower end of that range. For example: Motivated Clinical Nurse with over 13 years of pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) experience seeking a position that allows for comprehensive and culturally sensitive care. Well-organized, professional with the ability to rapidly learn new tasks and track record of exceeding job expectations. Skilled in conducting physical examinations and possesses through knowledge of infection control standards.
Dont Go Overboard With Bullets
When compared to a dense paragraph format, bullets are much easier on the eyes. Furthermore, they convey the same information faster and in less space. When you only have one or two pages to show your professional merit, every available line and inch is valuable. As a result, you will often have to choose what details to include and discard. The professional experience section is a perfect example. Ideally, you should have between five and eight bullets per job. In the sample, the candidate has a few instances of over 8 bullets. Luckily, this is easy to fix: Clinical Nurse III May 2006 to Current Sinai Medical Center ? Los Angeles, California
Avoid Unnecessary Blocks of Text
The last section in the sample is the Professional Affiliations. Again, bullets beat paragraphs by miles. This applicant lists the affiliations and dates without any sense of separation. This makes this section difficult to read and will discourage the hiring manager from considering the section thoroughly. A better choice would be to simply use bullets:
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