Reviving Your Resume

Thank you for your presence reading this blog post! The past two weeks I’ve had every intent to develop a blog post, however my goal is to deliver quality content based on a variety of factors for discussion on RNblueprint. And while…my focus and attention was definitely elsewhere…I’m happy to have a post ready for you to start the week.

In lieu of Labor Day a few weeks ago and my own personal nursing journey I’ve maintained a habit over the past five years or so to update my resume at least yearly. I mainly added new experiences, skills or reworded information utilizing key resume words for Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software. ATS is a software recruiters use to scan resumes more efficiently based on keywords, skills, previous employers, years of experience, and schools attended to filter applicants. Than with updates to Microsoft Word I noticed cover letter and resume templates. The templates presented a more refreshed look to the ‘standard’ format (see image below on the left). However, my creative self wanted a more professional, but modern, polished, and pleasantly unique resume that would standout in any talent and requisitions inbox (see image below on the right).

Pinterest and Etsy to the rescue! While browsing through Pinterest I stumbled across the most beautifully unique and professionally updated resume. But equally important to revitalizing your resume layout is delivering stellar content and selecting the best layout i.e. chronological, functional, or combination. As typical in nursing we must stay abreast on policy and procedure changes. The same relevance holds true with resume changes across industries. Many universities provide undergraduate and graduate career assistance with resumes. Have you explored researching resumes for the latest updates? In good ole’ nursing APA fashion refer to information within the past five years. For example did you know:

  • An objective statement is better utilized for new graduate nurses or nurses changing specialities. 
  • Including your RN license number, the state in which your licensed and whether you’re licensed in a compact state is very helpful upon the verification process. 
  • Its recommended to prioritize your qualifications in the following order; education, licenses, certifications, awards and honors. 

The above is a general short list of several points to consider. I’ve included a great article from Forbes with board resume reading advice. 

Regardless of layout, format, or content the most important component to building or rebuilding your resume is proofreading! Creating or updating a resume can be daunting and typos very likely especially when you’re copying and pasting to restructure a sentence or even typing faster than your brain can process (we’ve seen this often with texting). But if you’re seeking to catch the attention of recruiters do so for positive reasons rather than negative ones. What I’ve found helpful is to pause and remove myself from the computer for a couple hours or even a day than return and reread my resume in its entirety. I’ve also reached out to my nursing tribe for feedback and assistance!

What suggestions do you recommend? The emphasis with this post is to utilize your resources especially with social media outlets like Pinterest or services such as Etsy available! Challenge yourself to revive your resume today and develop a plan on how frequently you’ll update going forward.

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