What 10 sections you should include in your nursing & healthcare resume
1. Your Bio
This small section under your name, just space for a few words, is deceptively simple. In fact, this is one of the best ways to start your resume on the right foot by ensuring the person reading it has a clear idea of who you are and what you want. So if you’re a recent medical graduate looking for their first job in the field, mention that. If you’re interested in gaining a particular type of experience, mention that. This will set the context for the rest of your resume.
2. Your Strengths
Once you’ve gone through a job description and know what the job is looking for in a candidate, a strengths section is the perfect place to show you have what it takes. Just be sure to back up the strengths you list whenever possible. This could be in the strengths section itself or in other areas like Most Proud of or Experience.
3. Your Experience
Unlike most types of resumes, a newly graduated healthcare professional may or may not need an experience section. Your relevant experience could be contained in your education section or elsewhere. On the other hand, if you have years of work experience, be sure to include this section and add bullets with relevant and specific points about what you accomplished in those roles.
4. What Makes You Unique
Sections like “How I Spend My Time” can show your priorities and passions. It can also be used to show where your expertise lays, how you’ve spent the years of your career, or anything else you can show in a pie graph. This is a great place to get a little creative and show something that makes you yourself.
5. Your Languages
Any healthcare worker or nurse will benefit from being able to speak multiple languages. That’s why including this information is a real boost to your resume. Beyond demonstrating your communication skills, it also shows your intelligence and increases the likelihood you’ll get hired.
6. What You’re Most Proud of
This can be both a section to show off your personality, character traits, and accomplishments. That is to say, it’s extremely flexible. Do you have a story about something which inspired you to enter the healthcare field? Put it in this section. Did you overcome some major challenge which demonstrates your grit and determination? Put it in this section.
7. Your philosophy
This is a section where you can say a tremendous amount about you as a person and a professional in just a few words. Whether this is how you approach medicine or simply how you view life, if you think it’s relevant to the position you’re applying for be sure to include it!
8. Your Technologies
Technology is increasingly at the heart of healthcare. That’s why this section is more relevant than ever. Refer to all the technologies mention in the job description and be sure to include them if possible alongside any other technologies you think are relevant.
9. Your Education
Obviously education is going to be a core consideration for anyone looking to enter the healthcare field. Whether it’s a traditional education section focused on university experience or a certification section, be sure you’re showing what’s relevant. If possible and relevant, also include bullets to detail the courses you took and experience you got.
10. Your Contact Information
Including contact information is actually more complicated than it seems. Take a second to consider how you’d like to be contacted and how a potential employer would like to contact you. Also be sure to only include a professional-sounding email address.
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the Nursing or Healthcare role you want
The single most effective thing you can do for your job search is get a referral. Referred employees are hired 60% of the time compared to the 2% of regular applicants who typically get interviewed. You may not know anyone at the hospital, clinic, or lab where you’re trying to get hired, but having a solid professional network means it’s likely someone you know will. That’s why it makes sense to be proactive and build a network so it’s there when you need it.
Check out our guide on getting referrals for any job you’re applying for.