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When you are searching for a new job or looking to change careers, you need a solid resume to showcase your abilities and experience. This Level 3 Registered Nurse resume sample includes some common mistakes, which our experts have pointed out and corrected. Read on to find tips and tricks to ensure your own resume is engaging enough to impress any potential employer.
Get rid of the objective section
Although a common practice in the past, the objective section of resumes has been phased out, largely because they all basically say the same thingthat you want a job with the company. Today’s employers prefer to see a succinct summary of what you bring to the table. A good summary will be in paragraph form and highlight your experience, your top two or three major skills and any personality traits that directly relate to the job you’re apply for. This paragraph should be 4-6 lines. Sentence fragments are okay if necessary, as long as they are easy to read.
Don’t put too much information in one section
In this resume sample, the licenses section appears jumbled and hard to read, largely due to the odd bullet placement and mention of dates. The bullets would be better suited next to the titles of the licenses, and leaving out the dates will make it easier to read. You can always discuss specific dates and provide your license numbers during the interview process. Additionally, the information regarding completing a residency program should be listed under education, as it is part of required training. WRONG: Registered Nurse Practitioner in the State of Colorado
Separate skills from personality and career highlights
This resume combines the information into one section, but your skillset is different from your personality highlights and career accomplishments, and it’s easier to distinguish the two if you separate them into their own sections. Skills should include your abilities, such as wound care and administering IV drugs, and highlights and accomplishments include items such as implementing policies and managing specific types of patients. The same concept applies in the section for your employment history. Avoid using this section to describe personality traits, instead focusing only on the duties, tasks and job-specific information. This resume also has a second skills section at the very bottom of the page, which is problematic for a couple of reasons. First, all like information should be under one subheading. Second, since information should be listed in order of importance, skills should be near the top.
Use proper grammar
Beyond checking your resume for spelling errors, be sure your grammar is correct. When describing your current and previous jobs, be sure to use the proper tense. This resume lists everything in past tense, even though she is currently employed. When describing your current position, it should be in present tense. Additionally, you should avoid using abbreviations unless they are very common. If you need to use multiple long phrases, you should spell it out the first time and include the abbreviation in parentheses after. You can then use the abbreviation for all subsequent mentions.
Don’t list your GPA
Unless you just graduated and have no job experience, your GPA isn’t necessary information for your resume. This resume lists both her overall and her major-specific GPA in addition to the fact that she graduated magna cum laude, but only the latter is important information. Now that you know how to create an engaging resume, it’s time to put your knowledge to use. Use the Resume Builder at LiveCareer to get started on the path to your new job or career.