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Drafting your own perfect resume is much easier with tips and tricks learned from expert resume consultants. This LVN resume sample demonstrates some commonly made errors in modern-day resumes that can be quickly alleviated with simple fixes. Make sure that your resume is up to par with your qualifications with the advice given in the following statements.
Lose your high school education
Unless you’re a teenager recently graduated from high school without any work experience, your high school education does not belong on your professional resume. Employers are not looking to see if you graduated high school, and are far more interested in the higher education that you’ve pursued, if any. WRONG: LVN program 2007 Santa Rosa Junior College Chatsworth, CA Business Administration 1991 West Valley Occupational Center Chatsworth, CA High School Diploma: Computer Science 1990 Chatsworth High School RIGHT: LVN program 2007 Santa Rosa Junior College Chatsworth, CA -relevant coursework -relevant internships Business Administration 1991 West Valley Occupational Center Chatsworth, CA -relevant coursework -relevant internships If you do have higher education to list, use the space that your high school education would’ve been taking up to describe relevant coursework or internships that you attained or chased after during your time there.
Sell yourself in your summary
Summaries are not a place to be overly brief and shallow about yourself. A summary should not be a statement of purpose, either, as modern employers are no longer looking to see the “why” of your resume, which is inherent. WRONG: Summary Proficient customer service and relations. Maintain high levels of client satisfaction with respect and honesty. Focus is safety and health. Self motivated, and looking to grow professionally and personally. Your summary should be around four to six lines long in paragraph form. You can use fragmented sentences, but this is a personal stylistic choice. These four to six lines should act as an intriguing and relevant elevator pitch for why you are the right candidate for the job. Don’t sell yourself short by being overly vague or off-topic in your summary.
Appropriately use bullet points
Bullet points are your best friends when it comes to listing information. Your summary should be the only part of your resume that is in paragraph form- the rest should be divided up into bullet points. Bullet points make your resume infinitely more clean and professional-looking. WRONG: Lvn 11/2007 to 04/2008 The Oaks Petaluma, CA Reviewed patient’s chart. Assess vital signs and administer medication. Charting changes and new orders. Providing emotional support and prepared care plan for each individual. Lvn/caretaker 06/2007 to 10/2007 Fox Associates Santa Rosa, CA Evaluated patient’s emotional and physical needs. Assess vital signs before taking medications. Help patient and family members through difficult illness adjustment. Caring and nurturing, respecting patient’s wishes. Caretaker 05/2004 to 06/2007 In House Support Service Santa Rosa, CA Assisted patient at home, making sure medication was taken on time. Assuring patient’s physical and emotional well being. Provide transportation to Dr. appointments. RIGHT: Lvn 11/2007 to 04/2008 The Oaks Petaluma, CA
Lvn/caretaker 06/2007 to 10/2007 Fox Associates Santa Rosa, CA
Caretaker 05/2004 to 06/2007 In House Support Service Santa Rosa, CA
Each new item should have its own bullet point to differentiate from the previous item and the next. This also gives you the chance to more easily look over your spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Things like “doctor” should not be abbreviated to “Dr.” unless you are using it as someone’s title. QuintCareer’s Resume Builder can be your life-saver when it comes to crafting your own ideal resume. Use the tips and tricks you just learned to get going on designing your own top-notch resume.