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Your resume is the first opportunity that a potential employer has to get to know you, so you are going to want to make it as compelling a document as possible. Using a sample resume for the job you want is the smart way to start, and gives you a method to create an outstanding resume, tailored specifically for you. Make your resume stand out from all the other applicants by using the following comments and corrections by experts on this experienced registered floor nurse resume.
Overall format and readability
Proofreading is a must! It shows your potential employer that you have taken great care to present yourself in the best way possible. In this resume, in the R.N. Unit Manager section, there is a sentence fragment: Sound, ethical and, with no completion. Also, the phrase Employee Evaluations should be Employee evaluations without the second capitalization. These may seem like minor points, but they can make a big difference in giving your resume a more careful and polished look. Also, the use of color in the applicants name and the lines in each section is not recommended; in a resume for a registered nurse, color is just a distraction.
Dont leave out important information
The most relevant license for this job is missing in this resume. There should be a mention in the Licenses section of when the applicant received her R.N. license and what state the license is valid for.
Write in the first person
The Professional Summary is a great opportunity to present an overview of the applicant and it should always be written in the first person, even when pronouns are not used. Instead of Excels at comprehensive assessments, it should be Excel at comprehensive assessments.
Professional Experience entries should be in chronological order
A potential employer always wants to know the most up-to-date information first. Experience entries should always begin with the most recent first, and then work its way backward, chronologically. This resume starts with 1989 to 1993, goes to 2000 to 2008, and ends with 1993 to 2000. It should start with 2000 to 2008, followed by 1993 to 2000, and then end with 1989 to 1993. There is also nothing here that explains what the applicant has been doing since 2008. She mentions 25+ years of work experience in the Professional Summary, but only the years from 1989 to 2008 are given in detail. This will leave the potential employer wondering about the gap.
Always use bullet points in lists
Again, an important goal for a resume is readability, and for lists, bullets are always best. Instead of: Supervised all nursing staff. Assisted Director of Nursing in maintaining high standards of resident care and quality of life. Assisted with scheduling nursing staff. Infection Control Nurse, trending and monitoring incidence of infection. It should be:
Each entry should start with a strong action word
Describing specific experience and accomplishments should be an opportunity to present a strong and emphatic candidate for the job. Beginning each entry with an action word instead of a description will provide the right emphasis. For example, changing Infection Control Nurse, trending and monitoring incidence of infection to Trended and monitored incidence of infection as an Infection Control Nurse puts the action word first. Even making the small change in Employee Evaluations to Conducted employee evaluations can make a big difference. An added benefit: the changes will also provide consistency in writing throughout the section. You dont have to start from scratch to build a great resume. Use the samples found at Live Careers Resume Builder to create a resume that is both tailored to the job you want and designed to deliver the very best presentation of who you are.