Close Server: KOPWWW05 | Not logged in

Welcome to Health Care POV | sign in | join
Career Coach

Writing a Readable Resume

Published January 16, 2013 4:49 PM by Renee Dahring

Job seekers always ask me what they can do to make their resumes stand out and get noticed. Today, I will put on my recruiter/employer hat and offer you a few suggestions to make your resume more effective. 

When I give your resume its first look there are basically 3 things that I need to see and see quickly.

  1. Your education. I need to see immediately if you meet the educational requirement for my position. I want to see the college or university you attended, what date you graduated and what degree you earned. Because most of us are awarded a more general degree (such as science or arts) I will additionally need to see your area of study. By this I mean whether you are a nurse practitioner (and what specialty) or if you are a physician assistant. Keep this entry simple and uncluttered so that I can easily identify each of these specific pieces of information. Don't force me to dig for it! 
  2. Your certification. Create a section devoted ONLY to your certifications and licenses. Don't hide this information in other sections of your resume. Remember, I am skimming your resume and if you are unclear I could pass you over. Also state the status of your certifications and licenses. I really need to know if you are current. DO NOT include any of your license numbers; instead, you should note "current" and provide the expiration date after each entry. Failing to include your status might cause the computer, which reads your resume before I do, to disregard you as unqualified.
  3. Your skills. I want to see these in your work history, not in a separate free floating section. I want to know what skills you have, as well as when and where you used these skills. Oh, and because I am ultimately only interested in if you are a good fit for MY job, I would like you to tailor your resume for ME. Don't clutter up your work history section with skills that are general. I know you can "assess, diagnose and prescribe". I need you to give me specifics. And nurses, I realize you had mad ICU skills, but those are not of much use to most outpatient clinic practices. Sorry.

Pearl: If you expect to have your resume noticed, focus on these 3 areas. Do not make potential employers work too hard to determine if you meet the job requirements.  


God is great

David Alabi, Primary care - Apn April 25, 2013 6:36 PM
Newark NJ

Thank you very much for your blog!  I will graduate in May as a family nurse practitioner and I am starting to think getting my resume/CV in order was going to be more stressful than what I have been through in school.  Thank you for simplifying what needs to be included.  You have helped me tremendously!

Stuart, Charge Nurse February 8, 2013 1:19 AM
Lubbock TX

leave a comment

To prevent comment spam, please type the code you see below into the code field before submitting your comment. If you cannot read the numbers in the image, reload the page to generate a new one.

Enter the security code below:


About this Blog

    Occupation: Nurse Practitioners and NP Recruiters
    Setting: correctional healthcare/career consulting/teaching
  • About Blog and Author

Keep Me Updated