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ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Resume Tips for Nurses

Published February 15, 2013 8:43 AM by Linda Jones
You spend hours crafting a resume that showcases all the great things you've done in your career and school. In return, the typical recruiter will look at that resume for 6 seconds. Six seconds!

There's scientific proof to back this up.  Keeping an Eye on Recruiter Behavior is a study by The Ladders, a careers service company, that employed eye mapping to determine what recruiters look at for how long when they first review a resume.

The study found that recruiters spent about 80% of their time on six areas:

  • Name
  • Start and end dates of current position
  • Current title/employer
  • Start and end dates of previous positions
  • Previous title/employer
  • Education

Beyond these six points, recruiters only scanned for keywords to match the open position. The study also revealed "recruiters rated resumes with an obvious information hierarchy as easier to read."

When you are preparing your resume, keep these elements in mind and make them easy for the recruiter to find. Spend more time on organization than trying to fit in every aspect of your experiences. You have to get through this first pass before anyone will spend time on the details.

Will your resume pass the 6-second test?

For more tips on creating an effective resume, see Building the Perfect Resume and Answering Your Resume Questions.

posted by Linda Jones

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