Hello my Nurse colleagues,
It's a fresh new year 2021 - I'd first like to wish everyone here, especially my fellow nurses out there all the very best this year! YOU ARE HEROES AND WE 👏 APPLAUD 👏 YOU 👏 - and we love you ❤️🧡💛💚💙.
I’m going to let you in on two little secrets that will drastically improve your resume and make writing it a lot easier:
#1 YOUR RESUME IS NOT ABOUT YOU.
Sure, it includes your accomplishments, education, and credentials, but your resume isn’t for YOU.
Your resume is for your potential employer, so we have to target your resume to them, detailing the benefits they will get from hiring you. In order to succeed in this job market, you have to think of your resume as an Advertisement targeted towards your future boss.
This is the single biggest hurdle you have to overcome when writing your resume, but will give you a huge
advantage over the other candidates who aren’t writing their resume with the employer in mind.
Just think: when the hiring team is searching through the stack of resumes, what are they looking for? They’re
looking for an ideal candidate that matches the job posting, someone who can help them succeed in achieving their goals.
So let’s make their job easy – let’s make you the irresistible choice, the ideal candidate, because you’ll know exactly what they’re looking for and what they value as a company.
Having this knowledge gives your resume a great foundation, and will also help you create a much more effective cover letter and be confident in an interview.
#2. YOUR RESUME NEEDS A CLEAR FOCUS.
The most successful resumes are targeted to a desired job, with a clear focus.
A compilation of every little thing you’ve ever done just doesn’t work anymore. Your resume should focus on the few things you’re GREAT at (achievements) and give the reader a clear idea of what kind of job you’d succeed in next.
So, before you start re-writing your resume content, you need to figure out what type of job you’re interested in that you’d also be great at (your “ideal job”).
Then, you can study multiple postings for that job title so you can focus your resume around that ideal job, and include keywords and requirements from the postings in your resume to ensure you get chosen as a potential candidate for the job.
Every other resume writing trick you implement is useless if your resume never gets seen in the first place because you didn’t target your resume to a desired job.
Just think: the company has a specific job to fill, with specific duties, skills and requirements and is trying to find
the BEST match for that job.
To help them find the best match, they search for specific keywords, skills, duties and requirements from the job posting in each resume. If your resume does not have those keywords, you aren’t picked up as a possible candidate for that particular job.
Taking the time to study job postings takes less time than one of your social media scrolling sessions. And the payoff of targeting your resume is priceless (landing your dream job, getting a higher salary, being happier at work, etc.).
So, let’s get a clear idea of exactly what kind of candidate the employer is looking for, so you can become that ideal candidate and, fingers crossed, land the job!
Looking forward to continuing this very important conversation. For today, take note of the tips above.
Sara Colston, RN
Admin - Brilliant Nurse Careers
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