Your resume is a tool that markets yourself to prospective employers. In fact, your resume is the first thing to make a favorable impression and the first impression a potential employer has of you. It is likely one of the most crucial steps you’ll take as you prepare for a job search and one of the most important documents you’ll maintain during your career as a travel nurse. Updating your resume is not something you want to leave until the last minute as it may take a little time and creativity to develop exactly what you want to say.
Once you have completed the initial document it’s important you add every assignment you take, as you take it. It is incredibly easy to forget some of the skills or certifications you achieve along the way. List every license or certification you have and include the license number if it’s applicable. With each assignment, you will likely be exposed to new experiences and may be offered opportunities to grow your leadership skills.
Each of these should at least be entered into the document, even if the exact wording is not finalized. Also include your work history at the facility, including the exact start and end dates and not just the month and year. If your assignment was a teaching hospital, you’ll want to stress that as well. Your next assignment may be interested in the number of beds in the facility as well as the unit where you worked.
Customizing Your Resume Summary Is Best Done For Each New Assignment
Your experiences have been unique and your resume should be a shining example of the positions you’ve taken and the skills you have achieved. This means you’ll want to tailor your resume to each position you apply for, including what you’ve learned in your travels. The best way to do this is to look for buzzwords in the job listing and do some research on the facility’s website, Facebook groups, and company reviews. As you’re working through your resume, choose your words wisely as this can exponentially increase your odds of landing an interview. Without the interview, you won’t land the job. Use action words and detail-oriented verbs that speak to your skill-set.
You should spend an hour in the last week of your assignment adding to your resume. This means the information will be top-of-mind and you’ll have immediate access to people at the facility if you have questions about something specific you’d like to include. This also gives you the opportunity to think through who you may want to ask for a reference, and can do it in person before you leave the city.
As you’re adding to your resume, make sure you review each section, including any new licenses and certifications, your professional experience, any new computer skills and if you added to your education while you are gone. Think about any new professional affiliations or awards you may have received while you’re on assignment. If there was a gap in employment between your previous assignment and this one, be sure to explain it. Unlike resumes for other medical positions, and travel nursing, your recruiters and prospective employers understand you likely held many short-term assignments. In this field, a long resume is an advantage as it speaks to your success.
At Amare Medical Staffing we are excited to work with you to help expand your resume and send you on new assignments around the country. Travel nursing is an exciting and adventurous career, and we’re here to help you be successful. Contact our professional recruiters today and let’s get started.