Friends. It's happening.
The thing you have been working so hard for
is about to happen.
You are starting the hunt for your very
first nursing job.
And before we even start with the process or
tips, I just want you to take
a moment and feel insanely, insanely proud
You did the hard thing.
You are doing the hard thing.
Way to frickin go.
And I just want you to have a moment for
I can't yell because of the microphone, but
Yay! All right, now that's enough.
We need to get back to work. We have a job
After all, we have to get you a job.
Ready. Let's go.
And the first thing that we need to do to
get that resume ready for the real
world is to spruce it up a little bit.
And that brings me to my very first tip,
which is to use a resume template.
The Internet is filled with wonderful resume
templates where you just plug your
information into it for less than usually
$30, and it will save you
so much time and headache.
These templates will help you to know
exactly what to include and what to
exclude in your resume.
Like, at this point, you probably don't need
to be including things about your high school
job unless it was something extraordinary
and really applicable to the job at hand.
Do not make this harder than it has to be.
Use the power of the internet.
Harness it for good.
They make them for cover letters too.
They're the best.
Please use them.
Now, even with cute templates that you put
your information into, and it
has awesome displays that are eye-catching
and easy to read,
you still want to make things a little bit
more personal, right?
So I want you to make a different resume and
cover letters for all of the
different job types that you are applying
Because we want the information on the resume
to be as specific as
possible. And if you're applying to a med
surg job, you'll want to highlight experience
and skills directly related to the med surg
And the same exact thing for peds, ICU, NICU
Whatever it is, your experiences won't be the
same for all of those, so your
resumes shouldn't be the same for all of
Save them as "peds general resume" and "peds
cover letter" so you can just tweak them just
ever so slightly for the individual jobs
that you are applying for.
And for us, be super-duper careful not to
apply with the cover letter
that says "Insert hospital name" here on it.
Yes, I have done that for you.
No, they were not impressed.
And finally, before you finalize any of your
have someone else look at it, especially
someone that doesn't necessarily
know you super well. Ask them to go through
it and see if it's eye-catching.
Does it give information in a clear and
Does it flow well and does it answer all of
their basic questions?
And, now, off you go.
You are ready for your first applications.
So where will you be applying?
Let's dive into that next.