Most resumes submitted by nurses are formatted in a relatively standard style, with the exception of only a few small personal preferences. Therefore, it is important that you make sure that you look at a sample nurse resume or two to be certain that you know what this typical layout looks like, and you’re showing your prospective employer a resume that he or she is expecting and can work with.
The following are the basic layout components that you should observe in a quality sample nurse resume:
Contact Information – the first thing that you should see in any sample nurse resume should be the full name, address, telephone number, and email address. This information is vital to your resume’s success since it makes certain that your contact information is easily available when your prospective employer is ready to offer you an interview.
Objective – The second part to a sample nurse resume should be an objective statement that should be no longer than one or two sentences. This statement should be extremely professional, and never written in the first person. It should be a clear and concise statement which expresses your goals as they relate directly to the position you’re applying for.
Qualification Summary – This statement may either be present on the cover letter, or used instead of an objective statement. This summary provides your prospective employer with concise details of your unique skills as they are relevant to the position to which you are applying. This can either be done by using a short, thorough paragraph, or a bulleted list.
Education – this section will tell your potential employer about the school(s) where you have obtained your nursing degree, or where you are currently enrolled and are earning your nursing degree. This should also include any upgrades that you have made to your nursing degree. If you wish, you may also state other areas of education that you have received certifications, degrees, and diplomas, however, leave out your high school information since this will not interest or impress your prospective employer at all. You may, however, mention any awards, special projects, scholarships, or programs of training you have achieved if they are relevant to the position you want.
Work experience – here, you should list all of your work experience as it applies to the job you want.
Awards, honors, and certifications – you can either include this in your education section, or make a whole section of it. This section is especially important if you have little work experience. It will help place more focus on your skills and abilities.
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