Healthcare-specific Resume (Nursing)

by Amber Vanderburg

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    00:01 Creating a resume for a healthcare specific position can be enhanced with a few adjustments, additions and alterations.

    00:11 You may look up some basic templates for a resume, which is a good starting point.

    00:18 After that, I want you to consider these insights for a healthcare specific CV.

    00:25 Formatting a resume is very important.

    00:29 While online applications may offer their own formatting, the resume you send in an email, at networking events, or on your profile can carry significant weight in your path to your desired career field.

    00:46 In the formatting of your resume, I want you to keep this idea in mind. Guide the eye.

    00:54 Recruiters look at resumes for five to seven seconds on average before moving on to the next resume.

    01:03 If you have unnecessarily long wording, poor formatting, or disadvantageous ordering of your accomplishments, the recruiter may easily overlook your most valuable qualifications.

    01:18 In many instances, less is more unless it is relevant to the job, or you have absolutely no other experience or skills to add.

    01:32 Try to omit information that might cloud the job related value you could add.

    01:39 Seek to create a resume that is one to two pages in length.

    01:45 Begin by highlighting your education, certifications, and continuing education, especially as this is relevant to most healthcare positions.

    01:58 The first question a recruiter will ask is, "Are they qualified to do the job? Do they meet the minimum requirements?" If education and or certifications are a requirement for the job, include this information.

    02:18 Include any certifications, such as CPR or first aid.

    02:23 If you are in a course and have not yet graduated, I would recommend including the perspective certification or degree and the predicted completion date.

    02:37 Next, I want you to include any clinical experiences, rotations, residencies, or fellowships.

    02:46 When you include this information, you make it easier for employers to quickly assess your professional training in your desired field.

    02:57 Include the unit, organization, preceptor name, if applicable, and timeframe.

    03:05 Not all positions may have a space for rotations, residencies, or fellowships.

    03:12 If you are seeking a position as a doctor, surgeon, or a dentist, then you should absolutely include this in your CV.

    03:23 After that, I want you to include your work experience.

    03:27 Under each role, I want you to write two to three sentences about your job duties.

    03:33 Try to be specific with data and statistics about your role, especially if relevant to the job.

    03:41 Include the patient load or customer load in your previous positions.

    03:47 ROI of any projects or initiatives, or any specific recognitions or awards you received for your work.

    03:57 Include the role, organization, description, and length of employment.

    04:03 I want you to include any activities, projects, initiatives, or community service.

    04:10 You can format this similarly to your job experience, as it is purely an extension of your experience related to the job.

    04:22 This is not the time to include every extracurricular activity you have ever done.

    04:29 Rather, try to narrow the section to only job related or major commitment non-employment activities.

    04:39 This is a way to further showcase your value that you can add to the unit and organization.

    04:48 Lastly, I want you to prepare references.

    04:52 For a healthcare resume, you should try to include at least one reference that has clinical experience with you.

    05:01 This could include a preceptor, a clinical supervisor, a clinical instructor, or a charge nurse that you have interacted with closely in your rotations, internships, externships, or other working relationships.

    05:18 Clinical related references will carry more weight in your healthcare CV.

    05:24 Asked your references if you can list them as a reference before putting them down on your CV or in your application.

    05:35 Recruiters will call your references and you want your references to be prepared and expecting.

    05:43 Too often recruiters call references and are greeted with surprise.

    05:49 Perhaps the preceptor doesn't remember you.

    05:52 I had a poor experience with you or is not prepared to recommend you and because you did not call the first time this information is relayed is to the recruiters ear.

    06:04 This happens too often.

    06:07 Ask your references before you put them on your CV.

    06:12 Healthcare resumes are slightly different from a more generic resume.

    06:18 So here's what I want you to do.

    06:21 I want you to prepare your resume by preparing your education and certifications, clinical rotations, residencies, or experience, work history, non-work history, and references.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Healthcare-specific Resume (Nursing) by Amber Vanderburg is from the course Transition to Nursing Practice.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. One to two pages
    2. Half a page
    3. Two to three pages
    4. Three to four pages
    1. Education
    2. Relevant job experience
    3. Volunteer experience
    4. Skills
    1. Any employment awards or recognition
    2. Community service
    3. Job-related projects
    4. Clinical rotations
    5. Additional certifications

    Author of lecture Healthcare-specific Resume (Nursing)

     Amber Vanderburg

    Amber Vanderburg

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