You need to stop limiting yourself to a few conventions when you write a cover letter to apply for nursing positions. This will help you stand out and you will get more looks if the rest of your application package is perhaps a bit run of the mill.
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We’ve already covered some of the basics of writing effective resumes for nursing jobs, but considering that you often get just one chance to impress a hiring manager, it’s important to have the best self-representation possible.
Here are a few more tips to help you stand out:
Be Concise and Never Assume
There is a fine line between being so brief in your work descriptions that managers don’t know what you’re talking about, and so wordy that they toss your resume aside. If it helps, imagine that your resume will be read by a someone who is not in the industry. Make sure you explain any facility-specific tasks, and be clear about your duties. Never assume that jargon from your job is nationally known.
Nursing jobs are bountiful in some areas, but can be harder to find in others. In either case, applicants are looking for any edge during the hiring process. And the type of resume you use for nursing jobs may just make the difference in getting an interview.
Let’s start with the types. Most people use a chronological resume, which presents your experience job by job, starting from your most recent position and working your way back. These resumes tend to work best for nurses and healthcare professionals who have worked in the field their entire lives, and have a few years of experience. But what if you’re looking for nursing jobs and that doesn’t describe your background? There’s another option.