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If you are making a resume for an LPN position, use a sample resume to make sure you include exactly what you need. A sample will ensure the proper information is included and it’s formatted the way it should be. Here is a sample that you can use for your resume, and some expert advice on what is good about it and what you should change.
Don’t Write in First Person
Writing a resume in first person is a common mistake. Employers don’t want to read a resume that reads like a book. First person pronouns should never be used, and most of the sentences should begin with action words. Resumes are written differently than anything else you’re used to writing. Here is an example of first person usage in the sample resume and how it should be changed. Wrong Professional Summary I have been an LPN for 17 years. I have experience in Geriatrics LTC and Psychiatric care. I also have worked on a ventilator unit for one year, and some med surg in the hospital. I am IV certified as of 2012 and have a current CPR certification. I am neat , well groomed and good at my profession. I am not one to call in to work. I am dependable and reliable. I am a firm believer in quality of life and thrive to ensure that residents get the care they need ands deserve. I am able to multi task and triage. I am very good with resident and their families. I am able to be in charge and coordinate care with my staff. I would be an asset to your facility. Right Professional Summary Dependable LPN with 17 years of experience. Experienced in Geriatrics LTC and Psychiatric care. Skilled at all LPN skills such as administering medications, IVs, and post-p care. Proficient at triage and especially good at dealing with patient’s families. Ready to work and help make your hospital a happy place for patients. This professional summary is short and to the point, giving your potential quick insight to what you have to offer. Also, make sure you proofread your resume. As you can see, the professional summary in the sample resume has a few typos.
List Your Licenses and Certificates
As you can see, mentions of all of the licenses and certificates were taken out of the professional summary. This is because they should be listed in their own section with bullet points. They need to be at the top of your resume after the professional summary, because resume sections should be listed in order of importance. This resume has licenses listed, so mentioning them twice was unnecessary. The only thing missing is the bullet points.
Don’t Overdo Skills
It’s great to have a lot of skills, but you don’t want to go overboard with them. This sample resume has 25 skills listed. The certifications are listed again under skills, which is the third time they’re mentioned. If you keep repeating yourself on your resume, you are wasting your potential employer’s time. You also don’t need to list every little thing you can do. You can list some of those tasks under your professional experience. When it comes to your skills, pick 8-12 of the most important and list those with a bulleted list. Here is how the sample resume should look. Skill Highlights
These skills, and 4 to 6 other impressive skills are all you need. You need to know that you can do more than the basic fundamentals of your job. Your licenses and certificates prove that you can do the work, these skills show that you can work with other people, you are always motivated, and you can solve problems on your own.
List Dates in Proper Order
When you list your professional experience and education, make sure that you do it in the proper order. They should begin with the most recent and go backward. The professional experience in the sample is listed properly, but the education and training jumps around. The CPR certification in 2012 should be listed right below or above the IV certification in 2012, with the diploma in nursing in 2007 listed last. This resume has some great information that can give you ideas for your LPN resume. Make sure you use this advice when you build your own resume on LiveCareer so you can get the career of your dreams.