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Your resume is the first, and often the only, information employers will see. Creating a complete and concise document is the key to getting called for an interview. We consult with the experts to make sure we have the most recent tips to offer you. Take a look at the following emergency room staff RN resume sample to learn what mistakes to avoid when writing your own.
Include a proper summary
The very first bit of information, besides your contact information, is the summary. You need to find a way to communicate an overview of your skills and abilities in an efficient manner. The summary in this resume looks like this: Staff RN with 7+years experience in healthcare. Skilled in providing emergency room, acute care and home healthcare nursing. The content of this summary is spot on, so you can use it as a guide for your own. The way this summary falls short, however, is its length. Yours should be about four lines long. This short summary does not include enough information to capture the attention of readers. Then, it is followed up by impersonal data and bullet points. It is also important to note that you are not supposed to list your goals or objectives in this section. It is assumed that your objective is to be hired.
Manage your dates
The dates on your resume are extremely important. The biggest pitfall that applicants can fall into in this regard is presenting a gap on their resume. This can sometimes be unavoidable, but minimizing the bad impression caused by a gap is important. If possible, include internship work, school, or volunteer work that falls in that gap. You can also hide a gap by leaving the date off an educational experience. On this resume, notice that the writer graduated in 2005, but their first working experience is in 2008. These three years may be a point of concern for some employers. Additionally, contemplate whether each point of information is worth including based on the date. For example, the oldest education experience took place in 1987 to 1989, which is nearly 20 years before the next most recent. Something that old can be left off your resume, freeing up the space for more important information.
Put the information in the right order
Always keep in mind that many employers will not give your resume much time. The standard format has developed so the most important information is at the top, to get them to continue reading, and the more general foundation is later, which can help sell the application. A few items on this resume are in an unusual order. Any licenses or certifications should be listed near the bottom, possible even as the last section on the page. The Skills section, which is the last section on this resume, would be more effective shortened and placed significantly higher, possibly taking the place of the Highlights section. Note that the experiences are listed from most recent to oldest, and only the current work is written in present tense.
Do not make your resume too long
The final issue this resume suffers from is its length. It is already rare for employers to read all the way through a resume, so an excessively long one has even less chance. Your resume should only be more than a page if you are summarizing more than 10 years of experience. To shorten this resume, the two sections focused on skills can be compiled, the oldest education experience can be removed, and the working experience section can be compressed. Use this resume sample to fine tune your resume. To make sure yours is as good as possible, use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.