It’s so important to take the time to prepare a good resume. It needs to represent all the hard work you’ve put in to get your education, training and the experience you have. Here are important tips to consider when preparing and/or updating your resume.
Here are some tips and insights when it comes to preparing a quality resume.
What Format Is Best?
Keep the format simple. Use a basic font to make your resume easy to read. Keep the font size between 10 and 12, and leave some white space on the page. You can select a different font and/or bold your name/header and section titles, but keep those simple and consistent as well. The main focus should be on readability.
Things You Can Do To Stand Out
Make sure your name, address, phone number and email address are all easily available. If you have a multi-page resume, make sure this information is included on each page. Also, have you listened to your voicemail message lately? When prospective employers call to schedule an interview you want them to hear a friendly and professional message. This is often a prospective employer’s first chance to hear your voice.
Why Good Design Matters
Hiring managers are not going to read long paragraphs of information on a resume—they don’t have time. So make it easy for them to scan your resume and know you’re a good fit! Bullet points, short paragraphs, concise descriptions, and key phrases are all part of what make a good resume (one that can easily be scanned). Small formatting changes can really help you emphasize key points.
How To Highlight Your Accomplishments
Employers hire people who are top performers—not just people who are able to do things. As you craft your bullet points, think about what detail you might add to show your accomplishments. How did something you do benefit your employer? Communicate not only what you’re capable of, but the impact you made! Did you exceed goals, save the company money, win any awards, or implement new processes? Fine tuning your resume to highlight your accomplishments is important.
What Most Clinicians Forget To Include
Most clinicians forget to include information about any continuing education, professional development coursework, or online training they have received. A reminder that there are so many webinars available which make this a minimal time commitment. Any additional training you can include shows a prospective employer that you are willing to learn and motivated to get the skills you need for your career.
Why Your Resume File Name Matters
You’ve created the perfect resume and are ready to provide that to us to share with prospective employers. Be smart about naming your file! Don’t just save it as your “Resume”. Save it as “AudreyJohnsonRN Resume”. It’s one more way to keep you top of mind with hiring managers! An employer can easily find your resume by name and appropriate credential.