Five Nurse Resume Tips for New Grads

When you graduate from nursing school, the real work begins! Your first nurse resume is an important part of landing your first job. Be prepared! Employers are looking for applicants with experience, which as a new graduate, you do not have in abundance. But with clever resume writing and some planning, you can greatly increase your chances of landing an interview with a potential employer.

Experience

If at all possible, you should get some form of health care experience. This level of experience will show employers that you are familiar with the environment and its unique demands. You can work as a CNA, a caregiver or even as a volunteer. Ideally, you would perform this work at the facility you wish to work for after graduation. This way, you can establish a reputation at the facility, and your supervisors can vouch for your reliability and work ethic. A nursing internship is the holy grail of resume builders. If you can snag one of these, it is extremely valuable and sets you apart from other applicants. As a new graduate nurse, gaining as much relevant nursing experience as possible will help you land the job of your dreams.

Highlight Skills

Leverage your previous experience and frame it into nursing. Employers want to see that you exhibit leadership and communication skills, as well as the ability to delegate and multitask. These are required of nurses, so if you can show that you used them in a previous job, it can help employers visualize your potential.

GPA

Achieve and maintain a high GPA. Your grades are one way to show a potential employer that you are able to effectively do your job. On the other side of the coin, if your grades aren't stellar, omit them from your resume, and provide them only if asked. Typically, employers are looking for a 3.0 or higher.

One Page

Your nurse resume should be restricted to one page. A one page resume is a clean, direct way to show that you have got what it takes. Focus on making every line a selling point, and you won't miss any extra pages.

Relevant Clinical Experience

Make sure to include relevant clinical experiences to the job for which your are applying. If you completed a clinical at the facility where you are applying, you should add that to your resume. Not all clinical experiences will be worth the space in your resume, so make sure you pick the most important/relevant ones. As you craft your first nurse resume, make sure the spelling and grammar is impeccable. Have a few trusted friends look at it and make suggestions for you. Look at sample resumes and emulate the style that would look best for your unique situation. Seattle Children's Hospital provides some excellent advice and a sample resume that is worth looking at.  Ultimately though, the best resume is a result of hard work and strategic planning for the future. Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf]

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Kyleigh Roessner RN-BSN

About Kyleigh Roessner RN-BSN

As a newly graduated nurse from Arizona State University's BSN program, I have a unique perspective into the nursing world. I have the recent experience of being a nursing student, as well as the excitement of adapting to life as a new graduate nurse. My social circle includes nurses of many fields and levels of experience as well as physicians in a variety of disciplines. My viewpoint will be of interest to the readers of fortis.edu as they embark on their journey to becoming registered nurses, because of my passion for the field and my experience. View all posts by Kyleigh Roessner RN-BSN →