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Résumé Writing Nursing. Santa Barbara City College Career Center. What is a Résumé?. A marketing tool – you are marketing yourself A brief overview of education and relevant activities to demonstrate skills and accomplishments A document tailored to each position - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Rsum WritingNursingSanta Barbara City College Career Center1What is a Rsum?A marketing tool you are marketing yourself

A brief overview of education and relevant activities to demonstrate skills and accomplishments

A document tailored to each position

The first (and maybe the only) impression 2Remind students before starting workshop:There is no right or wrong rsum. The following are guidelines, not rules.

The employer should to be able to see how your qualifications match with the position. Put yourself in their frame of reference. They need to know why they are reading this rsum.

Remind students to continue to update their rsum as they gain more experience. Writing a rsum is a life skill to master, not a one-time event

Rsum Writing GuidelinesYOU MUST TELL THE TRUTH!!

Rsums are subjective few true rulesWhat you include, and HOW you include it, has an impact

Prioritize the information in order of interest to your reader top left is highest emphasis

Save a rsum that has all your info that you can tailor thereafter for specific employment

3Story about lying and getting busted

What you have to offer is in terms of skills not a listing of past jobs

Highlight minimum requirements listed for job.

Focus rsum on target skills being looked for in recruitment / vacancy announcement.Linking Yourself to the PositionMatch YOUR skills & qualifications to THEIR requirements and keywords

Critique your rsum as if YOU were the employer what would YOU want to see?

This is the single most important aspect of rsum writing!

4Make it clear to the employer why you want to work there (goals!) particularly if your past experience doesnt lead directly to their position by understanding organizations culture / mission / values and communicating how you can contributeParts of a Rsum: ObjectiveObjective: Type 1 (for specific position)

Registered Nurse at Cottage HospitalTo secure position as a Medical Administration Nurse for Valle Verde ...5Parts of a Rsum: ObjectiveObjective: Type 2 (for skills you bring)To secure a position utilizing my strong judgment and decision making skills to make a significant contribution in medical, surgical, and patient care activitiesTo contribute to a health care center that can use a dedicated and hard working medical professional with exceptional communication and organizational skills6Parts of a Rsum: ObjectiveObjective: Type 3 (combination of 1 and 2)To contribute to Cottage Hospital as a skilled and fresh Registered Nursing professional with proven management and leadership skills7Parts of a Rsum: QualificationsHighlight your own personal strengths & the job requirements (adept at all aspects of basic patient care, medical charting, compassionate, bilingual, excellent organizational skills...)Compare with job descriptionRelate to the objective (extra value that is related to position or shows some growth OK; e.g. supervisorial experience)Be specific when listing skills

8Resume IS a skills sectionMake as consistent as possible with ExperienceBe careful here for redundancy or irrelevance.Parts of a Rsum: EducationMany students underestimate how important their education is on their rsumThink in terms of skills and experience... Describe rotations/internships like professional experienceInclude degree, certifications, licenseRelated coursework is optional (4-6 courses)GPA only if exemplary (honors, top student)

9Dont short change yourself

90% of student resumes skimp on the emphasis of education. Being at a CC might Just getting the degree.

Many local employers WANT to hire SBCC studentsParts of a Rsum: EducationAssociate Degree in Nursing, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA, June 2013Honors: 3.6 GPA, Deans List (2 terms)Clinical Rotations: ... Special Projects: ....

10 Parts of a Rsum:ExperienceFirst determine your best format: how the rsum should be organized

Chronological: By timeFunctional: By skill set

11Be consistent

Take liberties with jobs title and description but always TELL THE TRUTH Parts of a Rsum: ExperienceBe consistent with how you choose to organize and describe your experience.

Include: Title, Organization, City, State, Dates

If your job title is not descriptive, consider replacing it with a functional title

12Be consistent

Take liberties with jobs title and description but always TELL THE TRUTH ChronologicalADVANTAGESMost common & traditional styleEmployers find it easy to understandGenerally easier to writeEmphasizes career laddering

DISADVANTAGESMost recent experience may not be your most importantLittle or no work experience or seemingly unimpressive

13Be consistent

Take liberties with jobs title and description but always TELL THE TRUTH Chronological ExampleNursing Intern, Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA, 8/11 8/12Responsible for tasks on the Medical/Surgical, Geriatric, Maternity and Cardiac units. Took vital signs, applied sterile dressings, and handled tube feedings. Learned tracheotomy suctioning techniques. Worked on different floors as neededCertified Nursing Assistant, Assisted Health Care, Santa Barbara, CA, 8/09-8/10Provided patient care, administered medications, assisted with activities of daily living including body mechanics, nutrition and safety.

14Be consistent

Take liberties with jobs title and description but always TELL THE TRUTH FunctionalADVANTAGESUseful to emphasize abilities not used in recent work experienceUseful when changing careers or entering the job market for the first time

DISADVANTAGESMay be more difficult to writeMay be confusing to employer or create scepticism due to lack of content

15Be consistent

Take liberties with jobs title and description but always TELL THE TRUTH Functional ExampleMaternal and Newborn NursingCared for critically ill and healthy newborns. Proficient in relaxation techniques during labor.Became a breast-feeding specialist.Medical/Surgical Nursing Clinical RotationTook vital signs; changed dressings.Learned tracheotomy suctioning techniques.Applied sterile dressings; handled tube feedings.Work HistoryNursing Intern, Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA, 8/10 8/11Certified Nursing Assistant, Assisted Health Care, Santa Barbara, CA, 8/09-8/10

16Be consistent

Take liberties with jobs title and description but always TELL THE TRUTHTips for Describing ExperiencesFocus on accomplishments, not routine dutiesUse ACTION verbs administered, distributed, coordinated...Use numbers (numerals) whenever you can: inoculated more than 200 patients daily; in charge of crew of 4Use a superlative whenever you can: first, best, fastest, largestWrite long on your first draft you can edit laterShow resume to friends. Bring to Career Center!17No fluff phrases responsible for, duties includeAction words on pp. 11-12 of Career Center rsum books

Thoughts on church-related/ political-related (possible controversial affiliations) activities documenting effectively, focusing on skill type, possible discrimination, values conflict

Promotions, elevated responsibilities handle money, reconcile funds, make depositing, training

Emphasize your title

rsum Preparation Worksheet [HANDOUT]1.) Ask everyone to complete page 1 2.) Ask for student to share example; have group help with example3.) Focus on converting responsibilities and accomplishments to rsum entryParts of a Rsum: Other SectionsCampus/Community Involvement or Volunteer WorkThis is one example...think of some of your ownReferencesNo need to include; they are assumed. Use the space to expand on your qualificationsCreate a reference sheet to hand them when they do ask, but not before

18Is this working for you?Rsum FormattingLength: ONE PAGE? Two only if neededFont and margin considerationsUse underlines, bold type, and italics to highlight important informationYour rsum should be NEAT, PROFESSIONAL and EASY TO READAbsolutely NO typographical errors!19Review postal, scannable, attachments, internet, email concerns refer to pp. 8-9 in rsum book (dont rely on attachments, wise to send information in body of e-mail text)

Format:one page usually works well for recent graduatesAt least one inch margins, font size 11/12?paper type 20 lb., colorstemplates ? (individuality issues)Notes about taking risks with format understand your choices to be prepared to defend them

Proofread! And Proofread again you dont want any errors!Have someone else read your rsum and the job announcement, put it down and come back to it, make changes based on feedback

Rsum FormattingUse phrases, not sentencesNo personal pronouns (I, me)Be clear and concise with descriptionsAvoid excessive adjectivesKeep it crisp

20Review postal, scannable, attachments, internet, email concerns refer to pp. 8-9 in rsum book (dont rely on attachments, wise to send information in body of e-mail text)

Format:one page usually works well for recent graduatesAt least one inch margins, font size 11/12?paper type 20 lb., colorstemplates ? (individuality issues)Notes about taking risks with format understand your choices to be prepared to defend them

Proofread! And Proofread again you dont want any errors!Have someone else read your rsum and the job announcement, put it down and come back to it, make changes based on feedback

Rsum Top TipsMatch keywords to job listingThink like a marketing pro bullets, clean, easy to read, and keep design elements minimal.Dont misspell things use spell check AND proofread.Be consistent - use past action verbs (present tense only for things you are doing right now.)Be specific use numbers & accomplishmentsTELL T