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A resume is often the first interaction you have with a potential employer. No matter how experienced you are, if your resume is poorly written you have less of a chance at getting an interview than someone with fewer skills who has a better crafted resume. This Certified Nursing Assistant resume sample will show you some common mistakes to avoid.
Whoever reviews your resume is trying to envision how you will fit into their organization. If you are changing careers, your resume must convey how your past experience fits into your future career plans. The summary here should not be about teaching, but rather, how teaching skills are transferable to nursing skills. If you have two parallel careers, which not so unusual these days, emphasize the one in which you are trying to get a job with your resume. Some people have more than one resume written for this very reason; different jobs require a different emphasis on your skills and background.
Your Highlights Should Emphasize Relevant and Hard Skills
Many character traits, or soft skills are listed here under highlights, but most of these would fit better in the summary paragraph. You highlights should list skills by relevance and importance. In this example, working with young children should not be a highlight if your only nursing experience was with the elderly. Hard skills like typing and record keeping should be listed first as they are easily measured and are transferable from one career to the other. Pay attention to format; highlights should be in table form, without bullets, and balanced so that each column has a near equal number of phrases.
This should be presented as bullets and as be as specific as possible. This resume is far too vague. Mention how many words per minute you can type, for instance, or how many records you maintain every month. If you listed skills in your highlights, they should show up in your experience section as well to demonstrate how they are applied. Think about what you do all day and jot down what comes to mind; if you have to, take a notebook to work and write down what you do when you do it. No matter how routine your work may seem, you can easily create a list of 5 to 10 bullets with specific tasks and duties.
Youve probably heard many times that a resume should never be longer than a page. Thats not always true, but your resume should definitely never be less than one page. If it looks like you have nothing to say about yourself, you will come across as lacking ambition or interest in the job you apply for. It is always possible to go into more depth about what you did in your previous jobs, or what your various skills are.
At some point this person had to have received a nurses certificate but this is not mentioned in the education section. Before you write a resume, give careful thought to each section and jot notes on what you need to include so you dont forget anything important. If necessary, ask a co-worker or friend to go over your list with you to help you remember or see yourself from a different point of view. Additionally, this resume shows an employment gap. If you are out of work for more than 30 days you should indicate what you were doing; list volunteer or community activities if you had no paid work during that time. Are you ready to write your own exceptional Certified Nursing Assistant resume? Use the tips from this sample to draft your resume with QuintCareer’s resume builder.