Nursing jobs are growing much faster than average. But as one of Sacramento, California’s top medical employment agencies, Pacific Staffing knows that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be easy to find a job. If you don’t invest the effort in creating a strong resume, you’re not even going to be called for an interview. So what should your nursing resume include? Here are some tips to get you started:

Start with a summary of your qualifications.

What skills and abilities do you want to promote? What areas do you specialize in? What’s going to get you noticed and make you stand out in a sea of other nursing candidates? When it comes to your resume, you always want to put your best foot forward, which is what you should include in your summary of qualifications.

Showcase your experience.

You need to showcase your scope of nursing experience without getting too long-winded. So include details such as the types of facilities you’ve worked at, your specialty area, and your case load, but also aim to keep your descriptions concise. You can go into far more detail during the interview process.

Highlight areas where you shine.

Be sure to highlight those areas where you know you’ve gone above and beyond. For instance, did you advocate for patients in the past, train new hires, sit on any boards or committees, or participate in the launch of a new medical service? You want potential employers to know you have a history of accomplishment and that you will become a valuable contributor to their team.

Summarize academic achievements.

It’s important to include your education on your resume. But don’t forget any academic honors, scholarships, or fellowships. If you just graduated with an impressive GPA, then include that, as well.

Include keywords.

Many times, resumes are scanned by a software system before a human even sees them. That’s why it’s important to include keywords from the job description in your resume, whether it’s related to specialty areas, like pediatrics or cardiology, or specific skills, such as medication administration.

Nursing jobs may abound out there. But if you don’t present yourself in a professional manner on paper, you won’t make it to the interview round.

If you’d like more help finding your next nursing job, call Pacific Staffing. As one of the leading Sacramento, California medical employment agencies, we work with top health care employers in the area and can match you with a job opportunity that’s right for you. Contact Pacific Staffing today to learn more.