Nurse Practitioner Resume Guidance for New Grads

Straightforward resume-writing techniques can help you land your dream job.

At Melnic, we love giving nurse practitioner resume guidance for new grads, because we know it probably isn’t at the top of your to-do list. You’re too busy earning your MSN degree toward becoming a nurse practitioner (NP). Classes and clinicals can be all consuming!

Yet, to have a great job lined up after you graduate, an effective resume will be essential. Read on for a few of our favorite tips to help you kick-start your new, well-written resume.

The top two skills  employers are looking for…

Two of the most important attributes employers are looking for in new NP grads are strong communication skills and critical thinking skills. Does your current resume show that you possess these qualities? Let’s make sure you present well on paper.

Position Yourself as a Professional

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Does your resume showcase your skills  as a new NP?

1. Have a Clear Purpose. It can be tempting to create one broad, multi-purpose resume to use for any NP position you apply for. But, unfortunately, this approach does not increase your chances of being considered for a job. It’s far better to target your resume to the area of specialty, practice type and/or patient population of the advertised position. A strong summary statement at the top of your resume can pinpoint your experience for a particular unit or role. This is especially true for positions in specialty areas, like pulmonary or intensive care. Identify a couple of targeted examples from your clinicals or RN experience to make a statement about your qualifications and total years of experience.

2. Set a Structure. We recommend that you order your resume so the most relevant information comes first. To new grads, we often suggest starting with your education, then work history, followed by a listing of your clinicals, then your license. If, however, your clinicals are more applicable to the position than your past work experience, it’s recommended that you reorder your resume so your clinicals come right after your education. The order and organization of your resume says a lot about your priorities as a candidate. Use the top half of your resume to bring attention to your strongest qualities. You also want to make sure that your resume is visually-appealing, easy to read, and focused. By doing this, you communicate that you are a detail-oriented professional who takes pride in your work.

3. Communicate Confidence. Sometimes new graduates discount their qualifications because they haven’t yet worked in an NP role. That’s a mistake because new NPs bring a wealth of applicable transferable skills that employers are looking for. You can project confidence by bringing attention to your relevant work experience as an RN or during your clinicals. Your work experience and clinicals sections will list your role and the organization you worked for. But also be sure to include 2-4 bullets with specific details about your responsibilities and the practice environment. This could include the number of patients seen per day, the level of care required, or the specialized skills you utilized. If you worked in a busy or demanding environment, say so!

As a new graduate, there are many opportunities open to you, so make sure that your resume accurately reflects all of your hard work so far. Do that, and you’ll be on your way to your new job as an NP! If you’d like more information and a personalized resume review, Melnic is happy to help. Click here to submit your resume and sign up for customized job alerts.