Resume advice

  1. I am choosing to post this here and also in general nursing...I am betting on better response here...

    I am mulling over changing jobs...am casually searching the ads....i love many things about my job...but:

    1) Uncertain future for our agency...we are county-based, and our county is having major budget woes....we are under a hard-core hiring-freeze...with talk of possible lay-offs...also have heard mention of even closing...(never mind that even in theae days of medicare cutbacks, we are still a huge moneymaker for the Health dept....)
    2) Money is awful....although i do have good health insurance and am in the new york state retirement system....our pay has not kept up with inflation...not by aa long shot...
    3) The next issue...Well...not gonna go into it in a public forum...but a common issue....


    Anyhoo...i have not had to do a resume in 5 yrs...i know MSword has templates...but they LOOK like templates...I also bought a cheesy resume-creator-program-thing-a-mabob...

    I am in dire need of advice on what the "current style" of resumes is...lol...HEWP!!! anybody?
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Rustyhammer
    Name and address

    Career objectives

    Summary of qualifications

    Brief listing of experience

    (all on one page)
  4. by   sunnygirl272
    Are ya still s'posta list Qjob with dates,descriptions, etc? or just brief descriptions of Qposition....
  5. by   Rustyhammer
    I put no dates or job descriptions (they can get that from the app)
    for example:
    Management and supervisory
    >managed and coordinated functions of lpn's, cna's and ancillary staff
    >Managed schedule of 25 employees
    >Utilized and kept up to date on appropriate software programs
    >Provided inservices as protocol demanded

    You get the idea
    -Russell
  6. by   aus nurse
    Hey Sunny,

    I just did mine a few months ago for my new job. I tend to disagree with Rusty. Mine certainly wasn't on one page.
    I listed reverse chronological order of my career, with month/year, and a brief position description, highlighting major responsibilities. I found this site OK for a bit of a sample.

    Good luck and sell yourself

    http://www.zzpixel.com/resume-rehab/index.htm
  7. by   RNforLongTime
    You know, if you go to the nursezone website, they have a resume builder program. All you have to do is pick the type of resume you want and then type in your information! Good luck!
  8. by   CountrifiedRN
    When my husband got out of the military we went to an agency that writes resumes. You give them all your info and tell them what you want, and they have different packages that range in cost. They usually know what is current, and how to make things sound really good. It was the best $100 we ever spent, because it landed him a great job, and they also did a sample cover letter, and provided copies.

    When he was ready to move on (we wanted to move to another state), I just bought some resume books and revamped the original resume and cover letter. The books I got are probably out of date now (1997), but they were very helpful at the time. The authors are Robin Ryan, and Tom and Ellen Jackson. They might have some newer ones out.

    Good luck!
  9. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by aus nurse
    I just did mine a few months ago for my new job. I tend to disagree with Rusty. Mine certainly wasn't on one page.
    I listed reverse chronological order of my career, with month/year, and a brief position description, highlighting major responsibilities.
    I agree with this also. Number of years of relevant experience is a key hiring requirement for me, so I get irritated if people don't put dates--it's like they're trying to hide something. Put From: month/year To: month/year for each position listed.

    Also, although a resume shouldn't be as comprehensive as a CV--by the time you've been out of school for a few years, it's hard to keep it to one page. Two is fine.

    Never send a resume without a (brief) cover letter. You'd be amazed how many people do this. I consider it very rude.

    Be sure to list comprehensive contact info--home phone, optional work phone (and best times of day to reach you), email address.

    Feel free to PM me w/specific questions or if you want me to review your resume for you. Good luck!
  10. by   sunnygirl272
    stargazer..i PMed ya with a coupla detailed questions...
  11. by   Stargazer
    Answered!
  12. by   Q.
    Hey, can I give my resume to you to review too? I need all the help I can get!
  13. by   Stargazer
    Of course!
  14. by   emily_mom
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by sunnygirl272
    [B]I am choosing to post this here and also in general nursing...I am betting on better response here...





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