If you’re a nurse who’s got 10 travel assignments under your belt or held a staff position for over 10 years and cycled through a few different departments while mastering them all, it can be tempting to try to include all this information on your resume. However, this will just end up making your resume look cluttered and disorganized. If possible, try to tailor your resume to each job you’re applying to – give employers the highlights and expand on details in your interview, rather than overwhelming your prospective employer with too much information
While your resume should not include TOO much information, you also don’t want to be too general. If you’ve been a nurse for a couple years, then you should have enough relevant information to tailor your resume to different roles and facilities. If you’re applying for a Level 1 trauma center, bring in your experience of dealing with acute patient conditions and high-pace environments. If you’re applying for a rural facility, mention your working relationships with others and bedside care, as these will make all the difference to a self-reliant hospital without access to medical facilities nearby.
There’s no worse way to throw away your chances at your dream travel nursing assignment than with a simple spelling mistake. Nurses, as a profession, are detail-oriented and meticulous when it comes to treatment, medication, and check-ins, so a nurse who doesn’t exhibit these behaviors on their resumes will raise a few red flags. Here’s a few ways to make sure that you’re putting your best step forward with your spelling and grammar:
For better or for worse, hiring managers don’t have as much time to screen applicants as they used to. This process is often automated in businesses today, and your resume will probably be screened by an automated system before a pair of human eyes are laid on it. If you’re a great fit for the job, you’ll probably be fine, unless your resume is formatted in a way that makes it hard for the system to understand it. Here’s a few tips on how to make sure you don’t get locked out of the application process by an Applicant Tracking System (ATS):