After graduation, one thing that comes to our mind is to be employed and to start earning to reach our goals. Resume preparation is an easy task that a nurse applicant should first accomplish in order to apply for a job.
Resume presents the clear picture of an applicant. It is an important screening tool used by employers for selection and it is designed and created by the applicant to answer the needs of the employer as well as what the organization requires.
A nurse applicant like any other applicant should know that a resume summarizes the educational history, experiences and other qualifications; values, skills and interests or what the applicant likes to do and what he do well.
So to start, here are some tips in resume preparation:
Gather all your necessary credentials:
1. Educational history ( diploma, transcript, related learning experience and certificates from trainings in school)
2. Certifications from employment experiences (if there is one)
3. Certifications from trainings and seminars
4 .Other pertinent records.
5. Arrange them according to date of accomplishment, starting from the recent so that it would be easy for you to type your resume later on.
6. A simple yet comprehensive resume shows how competent and somehow ideal you are in the work you are applying. It is usually composed of your:
- Name, address, and contact numbers. Your name is very important to be seen right away, so to some they make use of bold or capital letters. It is a must that you should put the contact number and/or email address that you are currently using so that you can be easily be contacted by the employer.
- b. Objective. What job are you looking for? Like making a goal it is specific, realistic, and attainable. It should also be written short but concise. For instance: To provide holistic direct care to all ages of patients with both chronic and acute health care needs in a safe, secure and comfortable environment.
- c. Professional Experience. To some they put their educational attainment first before their history of professional experience but since nursing is a very competitive job, clinical experience or any other nursing related experience is a plus and a big edge when applying for a job; so it is helpful if you put it first. Arrange your experiences from recent to past because it will show how you are presently equipped in the job you are applying for. It should include the dates or the duration of your work, your position and job description, and the name of the institution. For a resume to be more enticing, it is also advised that you include the bed capacity of the institution, machines or equipments handled as well as the cases you encountered during that specific work experience. Considering that nurses nowadays work in other line of jobs, it is not necessary already to put other working experience if not indicated by the employer or if it is not pertinent to the job description required of you.
- d. Seminars/ Trainings Attended. Employers usually employ an applicant especially if one had undergone trainings or seminars fit to the position. So, those updated Intravenous Therapy, BLS, ACLS, etc. certifications and licences should be placed, noticeably. And like professional experience it should be arranged from the most updated one.
- e. Educational history or attainment. It is commonly divided into three: Tertiary, secondary, and primary, but it may also be categorized into college, high school and elementary; however it is only an option to categorize your educational history, what is essential is that it is arranged according to the most current especially if you are undergoing a masteral degree and the like. Awards and achievements can also be included.
- f. Activities and Organizations. It is advantageous to include too the organizations you are member with for your employer to know that you are an active member of a specific organization or activity; for instance the Philippine Nurse’s Association.
- References. References should mirror the ones you are under with during your previous employment/s or college education. They may also be your dean, clinical instructor back in college, Nursing Service Head in the institution you had worked with before, and/ or other significant head or supervisor who could answer your employer’s queries about you or who could prove that the data you include your resume is correct and true. So their contact number and address should be stated clearly in that section.
7. A resume should be typed in a format that is easy to be read; ensuring that it is neat and well organized.
8. It should maximize the applicant’s strong points and minimize weakness.
9. It should also reflect good grammar, correct punctuation, proper sentence structure and simple direct language.
10. And lastly, a formal and decent picture of the applicant can be optionally placed beneath or above your name; in order for the employer to notice or remember you easily.
So, what are you waiting for? Prepare now your Resume, straighten it out and welcome to the world of employment.