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To get called in for an interview, you must create an especially effective resume. To do this, you must think like an employer. Getting helpful advice from the experts can put you on the right path toward this end. Take a look at our Intensive Care RN resume sample, and the changes we would make to improve it, so you can create the best resume possible.
Get the length right
How long a resume should be is a common question. This resume is pretty well crafted, but its biggest shortcoming is how short it is. As a rule of thumb, your resume should fit on a single page, unless it is covering over 10 years of experience. Every single resume, however, should use all the space on the page. This one has a lot of wasted space at the bottom. When applying to a position, you cannot afford to waste a single opportunity to convince them that you are right for the job. Additionally, blank space makes it look like you are not as qualified. This resume gets each section about the right length, which means the best solution is probably to add a section. An achievements or awards section would fill this resume out nicely. Also, there is room for the summary to be expanded slightly, but three lines are definitely enough to get by.
Order is very important
The order of the sections in your resume determines what information is prioritized. If every reader always read each resume in its entirety, this would not matter as much, but the fact of the matter is that most employers will not get all the way through your resume. This is why it starts with a general summary and an overview of your abilities. You need to hook the reader immediately, so they will want to get to the more substantial information below. This is also why putting an achievements section near the top is so effective. Having something like a licenses section so early is a bad idea. If you are going to include technical information, such as licenses or affiliations, put them at the end of the page.
Manage your experiences
There is a specific formatting that is expected for your work history. If you mess that format up, as this resume does, it looks sloppy and unorganized to employers. First, always be sure to list your most recent position first, preferably the one that is current, and list them backwards from there. This resume gets the order wrong. Now, lets take a look at one of the points more closely: Registered Nurse May 2010 to May 2011 Wellmont Health System ? Kingsport, TN Provided care for neonates and term infants who were sick or suffering from life-threatening conditions. Monitored the condition of my patients, checked for signs of distress, and administered medication when necessary. Spent time with families to try and alleviate their fears and increase their knowledge concerning their infant’s condition. Achieved Spirit cards for demonstrating outstanding service excellence for team work and personal attention of a patient and patient’s family. Usually, having your information in a bulleted list is better. Here, the information is essentially a list already. It may seem like this will take up too much room, but the date can also share a line with the job title. Be sure to start each point with an action verb. Put it all together and it looks like this: Registered Nurse May 2010 to May 2011 Wellmont Health System ? Kingsport, TN
Use these tips to avoid the common mistakes. Take advantage of the LiveCareer Resume Builder to craft a resume that will earn you an interview.