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How to write your résumé for a hospital

Writing a résumé for a large hospital such as the Yale-New Haven Hospital is vastly different than writing one for a small clinic. First of all, recruiters in large companies generally spend only about 6 ½ seconds looking at a résumé before tossing it or choosing to interview that person (source: research by TheLadders). In a smaller company there are much less applications and so the Human Resources department spends more time reading the résumés that do come in.

If you want to stand out from the crowd in recruiter’s eyes it is vital that you observe the following tips when submitting a résumé online.

Do state that you meet the minimum requirements posted by the hospital in a concise manner. If they say on their website that you must be a graduate from an accredited School of Nursing and must be a currently registered nurse in the State of Connecticut then state that you meet those requirements at the beginning of your resume.

Do not use automated resume builders such as from LiveCareer because they use cookie-cutter text that is repeated thousands of times in different applicant’s résumés. A recruiter that sees hundreds of applications daily will know that you did not write your résumé because it contains the same exact text he just read in another applicant’s résumé. If you are applying for work at a small clinic then you can use these resume builders because the chances are that the employer will not recognize the generic text.

Do proofread your work. If you have a typo in your resume you may be immediately removed from consideration. Use the Microsoft Word spell check on your résumé by pressing F7 on your keyboard to start the spell check. Then, take the time and read your entire resume aloud and make sure there are no mistakes that the computer missed. Finally, have a friend read your résumé aloud to you so you can see that he understands everything you wrote and does not see any typos you missed. Even if doing this proofreading can take 30 minutes or even a few hours of your time, isn’t that worth getting the job you went to school for years to get?

Do not assume that because you have a degree that you will get an interview and get the job. You may have been taught in school that a nurse “will never be without a job” but in reality you must write a good resume to get an interview and land a job. There are thousands of unemployed registered nurses in the United States. Your résumé will be the only thing the recruiter sees, not your skill or your passion. Make your résumé count.