Your Resume as a Never-Before RN

Maybe you already have a job offer, or maybe you know you'll need your resume ASAP once you pass your NCLEX. Either way, it's worth polishing up. (For the record, resumes should be updated every six months regardless of your job status. It makes it that much easier to whip out when you REALLY need it.)

So what should be on a nursing resume if you've never held an official registered nurse position before?

1. Any previous healthcare experience.

I don't care if all you were doing was patient transport! If you did it in a hospital, you better list it on your resume. That also includes volunteer work if you did things like fetch water for patients, read to them, or any other volunteer services in hospitals. And if I were you, I'd apply to that hospital for sure!

2. Any position where you managed others.

Showing off good time and people management skills is a great idea. You need both these abilities as a nurse anyway!

3. An interesting accomplishment or experience.

Have you run a triathlon? Organized a charity event? Traveled across the world to de-worm infants in Somalia? List it. An interesting experience will catch a recruiter's eye in their sea of resumes and make yours stand out- maybe even enough to get a call back.

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