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Your resume is responsible for getting you an interview. You need to communication information about all your abilities, qualifications, skills, and personal traits quickly, efficiently, and successfully. One of the best ways to master this art is by taking advice from experts. Take a look at this homecare RN resume sample and the recommended changes, to get a feel for what is effective.
Manage your personal information sections
For the most part, the section of the resume that deals with personal information, in this case, Professional Summary, Licenses, and Skill Highlights, is the most important part of the resume. It will determine whether the employer even reads on to some of the more substantial information that is lower on the page. You need to sell yourself and really show what you bring to the table right away. This summary and skills sections are very well done, but the inclusion of the licensing information is unnecessary. As a technical piece of information, it is better suited to the bottom of the page, after work experience and education. Just try to imagine what information will hook the reader.
Get the length right
One of the most important aspects of any resume is its length, simply because it says something about you before a single word is read. A resume that is too long looks sloppy and unorganized, plus employers will not want to read it because it will take too long. A short resume makes it look like you are not very qualified and struggled to fill the page. How can you tell how long is the right length? Generally, your resume should only be one page, but it should fill the entire page with no empty spaces. This resume is too short. For the most part, each individual section is the appropriate length, so the best solution is to add a section. The summary and education section could be expanded slightly, but there is no doubt that they are long enough to get the job done. We would suggest adding an achievements or awards section, just before the work history. This can also be an effective way to expand your personal information.
Format your experiences correctly
The area that this resume stands out is its professional experience section. It gets nearly every aspect right, but there is still room for improvement. Here is what it looks like now: RN May 2002 to October 2008 MAPS Pain Clinic ? Maple Grove, MN Worked with physicians and nurse practioners to manage patients with chronic pain. Reprogrammed and filled intrathecal pumps. Assisted physicians with procedures and administered IV sedation. Provided post procedure recovery and education to patients. Responsible for phone and walk in triage. First, note what is done correctly. The difference experiences are listed in reverse chronological order, ending with the current position. All of the points are in the past tense, with the exception of the current one. No pronouns are used. Really, the only way it could be made better is if it was in a bulleted list. The information is already essentially a list; it is just formatted as a paragraph. This information would be easier to read like this: RNMay 2002 to October 2008 MAPS Pain Clinic ? Maple Grove, MN
You should also make sure each point starts with an action verb. Aim for four to five points for each position. LiveCareer has got your back for when you are creating your resume. Use our resume builder tool to make sure your homecare RN resume is perfect.