Update Your Résumé (LPN)

by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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    00:01 When you applied your first nursing job, you've got to think about all of the resumes that the Human Resources Department may receive from potential applicants.

    00:12 So, you want to ensure that your resume is concise and gives accurate up-to-date information about your work history, educational background, and more.

    00:25 Just think, this resume is the first impression you will make before they get to meet you personally.

    00:34 Now, there are tons of templates out there.

    00:37 It's really easy just to search the internet for these templates or look for examples of resumes in your career field. This is a great idea to use it as a guide.

    00:48 Now, we've already talked about the key to a resume is be concise.

    00:53 We don't need a lot of fluff on our resume, so what do I mean by this? Well, your kindergarten good behavior certificate is probably not relevant here.

    01:05 But key things to include on your resume is your contact information.

    01:10 Yes, you would be surprised how often we get resumes with incorrect phone numbers or email address, so make sure all of this information is current.

    01:21 So, your name, your current address, a good working email address is imperative.

    01:28 So most resume templates that you're going to find are going to have these six following categories.

    01:35 So the first one is your work experience. Second is your education experience.

    01:41 Now, third, if there's any certificates that you hold such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or maybe basic life support, this is great information to include.

    01:53 Now don't forget about any volunteer or special projects that are worth mentioning.

    02:00 Now the fifth point is in the awards or maybe GPA achievements that you received while you're in nursing school.

    02:07 And lastly, your references. Now pick references that are reliable and can speak to your ability to succeed as employee.

    02:17 Good ideas maybe get a former boss that you had a good relationship with, maybe a former co-worker. Pick wisely here.

    02:27 Now, once you've got all this information written down, be sure to organize this.

    02:33 Organize the information in a chronological manner with the most recent information first.

    02:40 So, when you're listing this out, if you do have previous work experience, list your most recent job as the first entry under the work experience section of your resume.

    02:53 Now, don't forget to include dates.

    02:56 This is actually really important on every one of your entries such as job ex was from maybe August 2018 to July of 2021.

    03:08 This information is actually really helpful to employers because they can reflect a background of a long-standing employment for example.

    03:18 Now, another very important step is to make sure on your resume, please proofread this.

    03:24 Make sure there's no typos, spelling errors on your resume, and proper grammar is used.

    03:32 I've looked at a few resumes in my day, I've had to hire people, I've gotten resumes, and as an employer, if I see these mistakes, I tend to assume that the applicant did not really adequately prepare the resume.

    03:45 Sometimes I can take that into consideration.

    03:48 And, lastly, don't forget you're not alone in preparing this.

    03:53 Use your Nursing Faculty, they are glad to help you.

    03:57 A family member or someone you trust just to proofread your resume.

    04:02 Now, it's not uncommon that your Nursing Faculty, may even make this as assignment in your last semester of your nursing courses before you graduate.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Update Your Résumé (LPN) by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN is from the course Applying for Your First Nursing Job (LPN).

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Complete contact information.
    2. Work experience.
    3. Email address and not phone number.
    4. Your last boss as a reference (you were fired from your previous job).
    5. Phone number and not an email address.
    1. Chronological references
    2. Chronological work experience
    3. Proofreading
    4. Utilizing unreliable references
    5. Listing oldest jobs first

    Author of lecture Update Your Résumé (LPN)

     Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

    Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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