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LiveCareer compiles expert resume advice and provides tips and tricks for writing. Make sure your resume meets the expected standard to improve your chances of getting called for an interview. This staff nurse resume sample should help you get started. Plus, we have pointed out several ways it can be improved so you can avoid the most common mistakes.
Know what your summary should look like
Surprisingly, the summary is one of the most commonly incorrect sections on resumes. Because it is the first thing employers read, it is also one of the most important sections. If you format it incorrectly, they will never read all the way to the information that will sell your abilities and skills. The standard used to be to write your objectives and goals, but now it is assumed that you are trying to get a job. So instead, you are now supposed to include a brief summary of your skills and experiences. This resume wrote a summary, but strangely included an objectives section as well, which should be removed. Also, the summary is too short. Aim for about four lines. The content in the summary is good, however, there just needs to be more of it.
Manage your experience section
The work history is so close to being perfect. The last two positions that are listed are formatted as a bulleted list, as they should. For some reason, the writer decided to write the most recent position in paragraph format. While bullets are better, the most important aspect is to remain consistent. Changing forms in the middle of a section is far worse than writing the entire section in paragraph form. Additionally, every point should start with a strong action verb. Currently, some of them do, so the ones that do not should be changed. Finally, the entire section is in present tense, but all of the position except for the current job should be past tense. It should look like this: Sylcox Nursing Home Newburgh, NY LPN 01/1993 to 07/1995
Get the order correct
Perhaps the biggest mistake this resume makes is putting the sections out of order. The organization of information has been established in the order that works best and makes the information easy to obtain. It should be organized like this: Summary, skills, work experiences, education In addition to these essentials, you can add an optional accomplishments section before the work experiences or affiliations or licensing information after education. As you can see, the education section should be moved down, and the Licenses and Certifications, as an optional section, should be at the end. Of course, the objectives section should also be removed, as discussed before. The actual information in each of these sections is well done, but putting them out of order seriously hampers their effectiveness.
Do not miss any sections
There are several optional sections that you can include to fill out your resume, but make sure you do not miss any of the required sections. You may have noticed that the skills section from the order listed above is missing in this resume. This should be two columns of three or four bullet points which details skills or highlights that you have. These points should be short and to the point, such as Customer service or Team player. Use these tips, advice, and the LiveCareer Resume Builder to get started on your resume. Let us help you make sure your resume is as strong as possible to give you the best chance of getting an interview.