Tip #1List all your experiences, including clinical and practical training, and important coursework and any other highlights. What you’ve done in the past can help you stand out.
Tip #2Share your accomplishments, such as awards, leadership roles, and what you’ve learned from your experience. Try keep it short and sweet – a good resume should be scannable.
Tip #3Be sure to include non-healthcare job experience. It’s okay if nursing is your second or third career.
Getting ready to interview
Do your homework on the facility and person who’s interviewing you before you walk in the door. The facilities’ website should fill you in on the culture, history, and employees.
It also helps to know what questions you want to ask in advance, such as:
Is there a mentorship program?
What’s the nurse-to-patient ratio?
What are the biggest challenges for nurses at this facility?
Why did the last person leave this position?
How often do you conduct performance reviews?
Choose an outfit that makes you look and feel confident and professional. You should dress smartly but your clothes should also reflect your personality. You want to create a positive image that your interviewer will remember.
Just a few more common-sense things to keep in mind, especially if it’s been awhile since you’ve interviewed, or if it’s your first time.
Get there early so you have time to relax and prepare yourself.
Be friendly and greet the people you come across.
Turn your phone off so you’re not tempted to check it during your interview.
Take notes if you need to, it’ll show you’re engaged.
Send your interviewer a prompt note or email, thanking them for the opportunity and their time. It’ll show you’re courteous, professional, and genuinely interested in the position, and it’ll help them remember you, even if it’s for another job further down the line.