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Nursing resume

After receiving your nursing degree at the nursing school you can finally search for a nursing job which fits best to the qualities you have gained at the nursing school. In some cases you can need some career building resources.

When looking for a nursing job, many employers ask you to give them your résumé. This résumé is a method for the employer to get to know you. Your résumé will include some general information, qualifications and the experiences you have. It is very important that your résumé looks good, because it will give the employer a first impression about your qualifications, experiences and some other information, which will be a decision for them to interview you or not. Here you can find the basic information which has to be on your résumé.

Personal information

Name, address, phone-number, email-address.

Optional: Homepage URL, fax-number.

Nursing philosophy and theory

What your objective is, what you want to achieve, the field and/or position you desire.

Nursing Education

Your educational information like, in which years you studied and when you are graduated or plan to graduate. You received degree(s). The location and the major/concentration of your study, main studies/courses which you have taken. The name of the school, thesis, projects, study abroad experiences, etc.

Nursing previous jobs

All your relevant jobs and your current job. The period, function, name and location of the company. A brief description of the duties you had or have at your job. Specialized training, honours you earned, etc. If you want to work as a travel nurse, it’s important that you have a nursing job experience for at least one year.

Activities

Brief description of your activities, like experiences at college clubs, professional associations, volunteer experiences, etc.

Skills

Foreign languages, computer skills, programming languages, driving licences, international experiences, specialized training or certifications.

Honours/Awards

Qualifications for awards, any unique or significant honours, awards or scholarship(s).

Other

Other information like other achievements, interest, leisure activities and sports.

References

Some companies require some references. This can be someone of your school or your employer. It is better to ask your reference person if you can use his or her name as your reference. You can also write down under your resume ‘references available upon request’.

Job Interview tips

When the company has accepted your résumé and they invited you for an interview, you need to have some preparation before taking the interview. The interviewer may ask you some questions why you want to work for that company, and if it will be an option for your future career. They can also ask you some questions about some cases which the company deals with. To prepare you a little bit on your interview, we will give you some job interview tips which are taken from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Preparation:

Learn about the organization.

Have a specific job or jobs in mind.

Review your qualifications for the job.

Prepare answers to broad questions about yourself.

Review your resume.

Practice an interview with a friend or relative.

Arrive before the scheduled time of your interview.

Personal appearance:

Be well groomed.

Dress appropriately.

Do not chew gum or smoke.

The interview:

Relax and answer each question concisely.

Respond promptly.

Use good manners.

Learn the name of your interviewer and shake hands as you meet.

Use proper English—avoid slang.

Be cooperative and enthusiastic.

Ask questions about the position and the organization.

Thank the interviewer when you leave and, as a follow-up, in writing.

Test (if employer gives one):

Listen closely to instructions.

Read each question carefully.

Write legibly and clearly.

Budget your time wisely and don’t dwell on one question.

Information to bring to an interview:

Social Security card.

Government-issued identification (driver’s license).

Resume. Although not all employers require applicants to bring a resume, you should be able to furnish the interviewer information about your education, training, and previous employment.

References. Employers typically require three references. Get permission before using anyone as a reference. Make sure that they will give you a good reference. Try to avoid using relatives as references.

As you probably might know, the first impression is always very important. A good résumé already influences the choice of the company whether they will invite you for an interview or not. Hopefully this résumé theory and job interview tips will be helpful to you to find a nursing job which fits best with the nursing degree you have earned.