Nursing Career News

A study done by the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions indicates that by 2020, the U.S. nursing shortage will grow to more than 800,000 registered nurses. How can we put a serious dent in stemming this dangerous tide unless nurses take an active role in seeking possible solutions to the problem? This blog will attempt to openly discuss and address major issues confronting the nursing profession, health care issues, and nursing education.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Making Your Nursing Resume As Versatile As You Are

When you’re job hunting, the most essential thing to have at your disposal is your resume – up to date and ready to impress potential employers.

But how often should you update it?

The answer may surprise you. Although most people don’t update their resume unless they’re actively looking for a new job, not many people realize it can – and should – be changed almost constantly during a job hunt.

That may sound strange, but it could be the key to success.

Now, I’m not advocating you lie on your resume and change it by putting in incorrect information – far from it. And it’s really not necessary. But what I am saying is that you should tailor your nursing resume carefully for each new job that you apply for, so it presents you and your skills in the best possible light.

Try this tactic for every new job you apply for from now on. On a piece of paper, jot down the qualities that the job is looking for in its candidates. What skills are required? What experience is needed? What does this job entail?

Once you know the answers to these questions, you will know which areas of your work experience will be the most important, and which ones you will need to highlight.

If you can show employers that you have acquired and learned new skills from each nursing job that you have had – skills that can now be applied to the job they have available – you stand a very good chance of being shortlisted for an interview.

So you see, rewriting your nursing resume every time you apply for a new job is the best thing you can do to maximize your chances of success.

And to that end, I wish you good luck. Enjoy your new job!

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