RESUME WRITING FOR NURSES
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Cooled-Down Nursing Market Is
Temporary, Experts Say
The job market for new college graduates going into nursing—once thought
to be a “recession-proof” career—has cooled, but experts in the field say
the slowdown is temporary, notes a recent article in The IN THE NEWS
Commercial Appeal of Memphis (TN). Moreover, industry insiders say,
the drop in demand for new nurses needs to be viewed in context.
New data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing show that
graduates of entry-level baccalaureate (BSN) and master’s nursing programs
are still much more likely to receive job offers at graduation—or soon
after—than are graduates in other fields.
-A national survey of U.S. nursing school deans and directors found that
65 percent of new BSN graduates had job offers at graduation this past year.
By comparison, the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that
just 24 percent of new college grads across all disciplines had at least one
job offer at
graduation this year.
Vanderbilt University (TN) nursing professor Peter Buerhaus, widely
considered to be the U.S. expert on the employment of nurses, predicts a
national shortage of more than a quarter-million nurses by 2025.
Sources: The (Memphis, TN) Commercial Appeal, November 14, 2010; American
Association of Colleges of Nursing news release, November 15, 2010.
Do's and Don't's
here for the sample resume page
here for the action verb page
here for a Reference Page
Good or Bad Resumes?
Appropriate Keywords in your career area-These are words in your resume that
relate to your career-I
found some keywords in my profession (Career Counseling) that you can view by linking
Keyword examples are:
evaluate abilities, career development, personal counseling, social
development of children and youth, interviewing technique, career counseling,
interest and aptitude assessment tests, job search skills, strong interest
inventory, focus career assessment, resume writing,
interviewing techniques, emotional development needs of students, counsel
individuals who are addicted to drugs, National Certified Counselor.
Make sure you look at the
job description and use keywords that relate to that position.
1. CONTACT INFORMATION:________________________________
-Name-14 font-address, city state zip, email phone-12 font
-Current and permanent addresses can be used
-Can use one line format to cut down space
here for example.
Write your objective to the job and make it short and specific.
Is this a good or bad objective??
-“While I am open to any uses of my educational
achievements, I am decidedly disposed that the task of the
new responsibility be so oriented as to at least partially
configure so as to ultimately lead to the application of
more rarefied facets of financial management as the major
sphere of responsibility.”
The Director, Career Center directs the administration
of career placement/development programs and works in
conjunction with academic departments to establish and
enhance student internships and cooperative education
programs. Responsibilities include managing the
administrative policies, developing employer site and
student marketing, being the primary liaison with employers,
academic department heads, faculty site supervisors,
students and administration, being knowledgeable of related
legal issues and monitoring the University's compliance;
managing department personnel by staffing, supervising,
training and reviewing performance; directing on and
off-campus recruiting programs including staff training and
marketing to students and employers; maintaining primary
responsibility for the University's career and internship
fairs, including consortium relations; performing career
counseling and job placement advising; representing the
University at professional conferences; making
career-related presentations to University and community
organizations; participating in University committees as
assigned and appropriate; overseeing the administration of
the Student Employment Program; serving as co-chair and
maintaining the Employer Advisory Board and related
projects; preparing University wide and departmental summary
reports and outcomes assessment; ensuring the availability
of appropriate technical and library resources and
assessment tools; and related duties as assigned. This
position may require evening and weekend responsibilities.
Qualifications: Master's degree in Student Personnel
Services, Student Affairs, Counseling, Business
Administration, Human Resources, or a related field
required; minimum of 5 years of work experience as a manager
or director in recruitment and/or placement, preferably in a
higher education environment; must be customer service
oriented; possess strong verbal and written communication
skills; must have the ability to enhance the use of
technology in meeting department and student needs; and must
present evidence of successful leadership in career services
or a related field.
GOOD OR BAD??
Objective: To obtain the Director of the Career Center
at Robert Morris University to utilize my 10 plus years of
experience in Career Services and to continue to be on the
cutting edge of career technology
for examples of Objectives.
-List your most recent degree first.
List your degree, major, gpa (if over 3.0 both overall and
in major), date and university, city and state.
-You can also list your school-Fulton, Perdue, Henson,
Seidel if you choose too.
-Any certifications can be listed.
-Finally you can list Relevant Courses in this section or
create a separate functional section for them.
for Education Examples.
-List Relevant Coursework only if it directly
relates to the job. If you have other entries that are
more important, use them. Those other entries could be
internships, volunteer work, related experience, awards,
activities, etc. Also you could list this
section within the Education section. If you choose to use
this section you can do it in 2 ways.
1. Simply list the classes in a column format
2. List to or three courses and describe them. Make
the title of the course stand out and use action verbs in
here for Relevant Coursework examples.
5. STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE/LANGUAGES:_________________
-List any study abroad experience in a section by itself or
within the Education Section. Same with Foreign
here for Study Abroad-Languages Examples.
6. EXPERIENCE SECTION OF YOUR
-Related Experience-Should be title first and title stands
out-use action verbs. Do a bulleted list or a
-Work Experience-Same as above
-Volunteer Experience-Same as above
here for Experience Examples.
-Use this section to highlight any
other areas that may be important to the job. Titles
to this section could be:
here for Honors-Activities-Volunteer Examples.
here to view the Experience Portfolio