Objective: use is the appropriate term, not utilize.
E & T: Looks fine, I prefer a colon between the degree and school, but that is my preference.
H of Q:
1. Dump considerable, sounds overstated. Use "Licensed" as you are a Licensed Practical Nurse.
2. Excellent performer...doesn't really mean anything to me. Skilled should work just fine and doesn't sound overstated.
5. I would change ethical and non-judgemental to "Culturally sensitive" and dump the rest. Claiming to be non-judgemental sounds to me as bad as saying you never make errors. We all have our times when we need to sit back and recognize if we are being judgemental or not, so better to not state something that really isn't true.
6. Clumsy wording, perhaps "Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills"
7. Dump "possess" because grammatically it would be "Posseses" based on previous subject and tense, which then sort of makes the sentence look ironically wrong.
9. Just punctual. Always on time is repetitive.
10. Perhaps something more descriptive. Understands the importance of meeting deadlines. However, this sounds more administrative than nursing, so perhaps something like "Values timely administration of medications, assessments, and charting."
1. Tighten it up. Nurse managers know what ADL's are, just state you can perform the duty, no need to describe.
9. Dump the Hep B, it's not a selling point.
I would ditch the whole clinical section. They know you have to do clinicals to get your license.
Relevant Employment: Ok
Other Employment: Would make me think you only stay in a job for about six months on average. Might be worth ditching that whole section.
References: Most guides now state not to even include this as all employers understand references are available. See this guide for more helpful hints: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/resume-writing-tips/
Cover Letter: Avoid adverbs. Passion is not generally assumed to be "real or unreal" you are generally passionate or not. Dump extraneous adverbs like "very". They don't truly add
Once again remove utilize. It is an unprofessional use of the word "use".
Double check capitalization. I am a recent graduate from Norquest College with a diploma as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the Practical Nurse program."
Have you sat for your boards yet? This is not clear.
"As a teaching facility and a variety of clinical settings,"
Tenses and subjects need clarification throughout. Who is a teaching facility?
Perhaps something like "I am aware that your facility offers a variety of clinical settings, and would offer me the opportunity to gain a varied experience."
Through my clinical practicum's I have also gained the experience in medication administration.
Remove the apostrophe in practicum.
OP: Sorry if this comes across as "OMG psycho edits" but I take it seriously that if you say "I have strong written communication skills" that you show that in clarity of context and meaning in your writing.
Take the edits as you will, look over some resources, and best of luck in your endeavors!!
As a new nurse applying for full-time nursing positions, you may be competing against not only your fellow graduates, but also against veteran nurses with more training, experience and knowledge. Your cover letter, then, must make a strong case for why you’re the ideal candidate. Emphasize your clinical skills, your hands-on experience and training, and your passion and commitment to caring for others.
Limit your cover letter to one page. It should serve as an introduction to your resume rather than repeat your entire educational and work history, so condense your message to between three and four paragraphs. State the position you’re seeking and note any mutual contacts. Mention any professional licenses, including your licensed practical nurse designation. Also, explain why you’re applying for the job. For example, state that you want to stay in your home state, ideally in a position where you can draw on your experience working for a pediatrician, to help children dealing with chronic illnesses.
Address the Position’s Requirements
You don’t need to discuss every prior job, award or other achievement in your cover letter. Instead, your letter should focus on one or two key skills or other qualifications required for the position. Include examples and anecdotes to demonstrate your knowledge and talents. For example, if you’re applying for a position at an assisted living center, mention that you completed a clinical rotation in geriatric medicine during college. Make a strong link between your experience and what the employer needs so you capture her attention immediately and encourage her to review your resume.
Don’t claim anything you can’t back up, and don’t fill up your letter with vague cliches or buzzwords that say little about your experience, knowledge or skills. For example, don’t merely call yourself a team player; describe a time when you used your skill in working with others to successfully treat a difficult case or develop more efficient ways of assessing or caring for patients. Discuss in detail what you learned during your nursing education and how you’ve used this knowledge for your coursework or during hands-on training.
Highlight Academic and Life Experience
As a new graduate, you likely have limited professional nursing experience. You can showcase your skills, however, by playing up your academic achievements. Describe your clinical rotations, internships or job-shadowing experiences, discussing the skills you learned, the kinds of patients you worked with and conditions you encountered, and how many hours per week you devoted to the program. Also mention relevant volunteer experience, such as volunteering at blood drives or community clinics. In addition, point out academic honors and membership in student or professional associations.
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