Resumes For Nursing Assistants
Nursing assistants are an important part of the healthcare team, and their resumes should reflect that. By following these tips, you’ll be able to make your resume stand out from the crowd:
- Name, address, phone number and email
- Marital status, children (if applicable), hobbies
- Language(s) that you speak
- Birth date (if you don’t know this, leave it blank)
- Citizenship or visa status (if you’re not a U.S. citizen, then leave it blank)
- Military background and experience if any; how many years served? If no military history at all then leave this section blank as well. You may include an attachment of your DD 214 as proof if needed but unless asked for specifically by the employer in their job posting do NOT put in on the resume itself because that will only prevent your application from being considered if they have a policy against hiring vets in general or just vets who haven’t stayed long enough to receive their DD 214 yet.”
The objective statement is the first thing a reader will see on your resume, so it’s important that you make it count.
Use action verbs and quantify when possible: “To implement best practices in patient care,” instead of “To provide quality patient care.”
Keep the objective statement in the present tense: “Seeking a position as…,” not “Served at Acme Hospital as…(past tense).
- List your employment history in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent.
- Include the name and location of each employer, as well as job titles and dates of employment.
- If your resume is targeted to a specific position title (like “RN” or “CNA”), you may want to list only those jobs that are relevant for that position. If this isn’t necessary for the job you’re applying for, consider listing all of your work experience on one page.
- List duties and responsibilities under each employer’s name—this information should be very detailed in order to demonstrate how much value you bring to an organization. You may also include a short description under each job title describing how you contributed to company success during periods of tenure there; this description should emphasize skills relevant both within nursing assistant roles as well as outside them (e.g., communication with patients)
Education. List all schools you attended, in reverse chronological order. Include the school name, location, and dates of attendance. Also list any honors or awards you received from the school (such as Dean’s List) and any courses relevant to the job (such as CPR). If you are still in high school, list your expected graduation date or current grade level as “In progress.”
The final section on the resume is for references. Provide the name and contact information of three people who can speak to your work ethic, professionalism and ability to work as a team member. It’s best to choose someone who knows you well and can speak from their own experience with you. If you are a recent graduate, use your academic advisor or professor instead of an employer or supervisor—but if this is the only option available to you, ask them ahead of time if they’re willing to serve as a reference for you (many professors will be happy to provide this sort of assistance). You can also include personal references like family members or friends on your resume if they’re willing to provide one for you.
Use these tips to make your resume stand out.
Your resume is the first impression hiring managers will have of you, and they want to know that you’re a skilled professional who can handle the responsibilities of their job.
- Make sure the information on your resume is accurate and up-to-date. This means everything from spelling errors to using the correct job title at each entry. If there are gaps in your employment history, be prepared to explain them if asked about them during an interview.
- Keep it short! A good rule of thumb for length is one page for every ten years of experience you have in nursing as an employee; less if your experience includes volunteer or other non-paid work related to nursing (such as student clinicals). You may need more space if there’s something unique about what makes up those years (for example, if one year was spent taking care of children full time). In this case I suggest keeping two pages total: one for “professional” work experience and another for personal accomplishments (volunteer work etc.)
I hope these tips have been helpful in creating your resume. Remember to keep it simple and include only the most important information about yourself, as well as some samples of work done before.