You only get one shot at a first impression, and often your resume has to do all the work for you. No matter where you look, you’ll find tons of advice on writing a resumes, often contradictory information. But there’s one thing you should always keep in mind. Your first page, especially the top half, is your most important resume real estate. Here’s how you can highlight your nursing skills on your resume to attract the right employer attention.
Showcase your best skills.
Never bury your most important skills in your experience. This is why many people are transitioning away from chronological resumes. Even if you do list your experience by dates of employment, include a list of skills at the top of the page so they can be seen immediately before scanning the rest of the resume. This is also where you should customize your resume for the job. Make sure the necessary skills are highlighted to match the position.
Write a strong summary.
Objectives used to be the standard on resumes. But they’ve become largely obsolete today. Many job seekers are replacing them with summary statements. This is essentially a short bio about you and your work. You can create a paragraph or keep it short like you might a tweet.
Add data to support your experience.
As much as possible, you should include numbers that support your experience. Data, such as your years of experience, the money you’ve saved, the time you saved, or the number of patients you’ve cared for in a particular demographic, will help support your experience for the hiring manager.
Create an appealing design.
Finally, you need to make sure that your resume has an eye-catching format. There is a fine line to walk here. Something too creative will be distracting, so avoid overly fancy fonts, colors, or graphics. But you should make sure it is clear and well formatted to attract the eye to the important information. And you don’t need to cram everything on one page. The most important information can go on the first page, but the entire resume can extend to two. It’s best to avoid more than that.
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