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Try these new tips to update and improve your resume

Writing a resume is one of the most critical first steps in your job search. It’s usually the first impression you make with a potential employer. Over the years, just as technology and the job landscape have changed, the art of writing resumes has changed, too.

The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health website provides some basic resume-writing tips in our article 10 Resume Tips. But there are some new trends that are emerging. Check out some of the newest advice for writing a winning resume:

1. Develop your social media presence to support your resume
In the old days, your name, address, and phone number at the top of your resume was enough. These days, you need a little more. Employers expect to see both an email address and a LinkedIn URL. LinkedIn has become the go-to source for employers to learn more about you. (For more tips on creating a professional LinkedIn profile, read 6 Tips for a Great LinkedIn Profile.)

In addition, it helps to have a Twitter account that’s focused on your career. You can use it to follow the leaders in your field and to re-tweet interesting career-related tweets. If you have a work-related Twitter account, include that link on your resume, too. Be sure to hyperlink any links that you include in your resume, since most people will be reading your resume electronically.

Speaking of social media: This is a good time to clean up your personal profiles on Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and whatever other accounts you have. Remember—even if you are careful with your privacy settings, there’s always some risk that potential employers can find embarrassing posts or photos. Be sure to spend a little time deleting anything that could make an employer wonder whether you’re a safe bet.

2. Show off your soft skills
Having the right nursing skills may be the first thing employers want to see, but they also want to hire someone with good “soft skills.” Soft skills include your work ethic, attitude, communication skills, problem-solving, and ability to work as part of a team. You shouldn’t have a separate section for these skills on your resume, but provide examples of your soft skills within in your bullet points and in your cover letter.

3. Update your objective/summary statement
The objective or summary statement should not say the obvious. Instead of saying “I am a nursing assistant seeking a position with a nursing home,” try something like: “Professional nursing assistant committed to delivering high-quality, humanistic, and compassionate care.”  This is more of your own personal mission statement, which shows the employer what they would gain from hiring you.

4. Use keywords strategically
Keywords are still important in 2017. They are part of the algorithm that applicant tracker systems use to screen resumes that you submit online. Be sure to read the job posting carefully and insert the keywords and phrases into your resume. Take the time to use the keywords in a natural sounding way. This can give your resume a better chance of making it past the resume scanning system.

5. Emphasize your tech skills
Now that most patient records are electronic, nursing professionals have joined the tech-savvy world. Employers want to know that you’ll be comfortable using their electronic systems, whether it’s Electronic Health Records or how to scan a patient bracelet. Be sure to include on your resume a list of your skills with any relevant programs, software, apps, or other technology that could help you in the field of nursing.

6. Include community involvement/volunteer experience
Employers like to know that their employees are involved in their communities. If you volunteer, be sure to include your volunteer roles on your resume. If you don’t, look into ways to get involved in volunteer work that uses your nursing skills. Check with local hospitals or nursing homes to see what needs they have. Sometimes volunteer positions can even open doors for employment opportunities.

We hope these new trends help you as you begin to develop your resume. Don’t hesitate to ask your career services advisors or other mentors to review your resume, which can help you make it be the best it can be!

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