Your skills and training have put you at the forefront of patient care. Make sure your nurse practitioner resume supports your position as a healthcare leader.
Isn’t it time you had a resume that reflects your increasing levels of responsibility and expanding clinical expertise? Follow our five resume writing tips, and you’ll increase the odds of landing that nurse practitioner job you really want.
Tip #1: Put Important Information First
Focus the top third of your resume on attributes, qualifications, and experience that prove you are a great match to the role. This will differentiate you from other candidates applying for the same job.
By default, most job seekers put their education and certifications at the top. But nearly all applicants meet these basic requirements. Move this information toward the bottom of your resume and use the prime real estate for your objective and summary.
- Objective: A short, targeted statement about your career goals, including the role and clinical environment you desire.
- Summary: A big picture statement of your combined experience from a variety of work and educational settings. For example, “Acute-care certified neonatal nurse practitioner with over 5 years experience in a level 3 NICU.”
Tip #2: Be Specific to the Job You’re Applying For
Hiring managers review your resume with one question in mind: “How closely does this align with our job description?” Affirm their expectations by including the area of specialty, practice type, and patient population details from the description of the job you’re applying for.
Avoid vague terms like “committed to excellent patient care,” or “a well-rounded team player.” These phrases sound nice but don’t demonstrate your expertise. Instead use facts, details, and numbers to quantify your work experience, such as: “Attended 200 high-risk deliveries as NNP in a 45-bed Level III NICU.”
Tip #3: Make Your Nurse Practitioner Resume Clear, Well Organized, and Scannable
The order and organization of your resume say a lot about your priorities as a candidate. 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.
Use bullets, headings, and formatting to create a visual hierarchy of topics. Hiring managers are short on time, and prefer resumes they can quickly scan to find key information. Which leads to our next tip…
Tip #4: Follow a Proven Nurse Practitioner Resume Template
With so much information available online, there’s no reason to start writing your resume from scratch. We’ve developed a free resume template for Nurse Practitioners and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners based on our years of experience and research in Advanced Practice Staffing. Other great resources include the NAPNAP Career Guide and career development sites from professional organizations.
Try a Google Images search for “nurse practitioner resume sample” and you may be surprised by the wide variety of nurse practitioner resumes that are publicly available. Compare several examples and assess them for their professionalism, comprehensiveness, and writing style. Take note of what works and doesn’t work in each, then use this knowledge to make your own resume better.
Tip #5 Validate Your Presence Online
It’s no secret that hiring managers and recruiters rely on social media sites to assess job seekers. According to an article by Ad Week, 92% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet candidates, so odds are good that your resume reviewer will also look at your LinkedIn profile. Here are three ways to make sure that this second look will help instead of hurt you.
- Include a good-quality, professional head shot. Employers report that they are more likely to contact candidates who appear friendly, so be sure to smile.
- Ensure that your professional profile matches your resume. It should be up-to-date with your current position, education, and credentials. A hiring manager will notice any discrepancies between the resume you submit and your online profile, so verify that they match.
- Avoid listing any personal details on your LinkedIn page that would be taboo in an interview. This may include hobbies and interests that don’t enhance your career, political or religious affiliations, and marital and health status.
Bonus Tip: Get a Free Resume Review
The average hiring manager spends less than 10 seconds reviewing a resume. At Melnic, we want to make sure you stand out for all the right reasons. That’s why we offer a free resume review to nurse practitioners, based on a sound understanding of hiring managers’ needs and preferences.
Our resume review service is free—whether or not we currently have the perfect job for you! To get started, create your Melnic profile and upload your resume.
This Week’s Top Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Jobs
Our Melnic jobs board has Nurse Practitioner positions at some the country’s leading hospitals. If you are a PNP or NP who is considering a change, take a look at some of these great job openings!
- Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston has an opening for a PNP AC in the PICU. Be part of this strong team that provides intensive care for patients who have been injured, undergone surgery, or are undergoing special diagnostic procedures at this suburban hospital location.
- In Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital has an AC PNP CVICU position. Provide intensive care and monitoring for patients with critical heart conditions or those who are recovering from cardiac surgery.
- Seattle Children’s Hospital has a role for a PNP in Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery to direct inpatient and outpatient care and management of patients ages 0-21 undergoing surgery for correction of congenital and acquired deformities of the head, face, skull, neck and associated structures.
- Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is seeking an NNP for the Level IV NICU to care for critically ill and premature newborns that require intensive care and hospitalization in this Minneapolis area hospital.
- In Columbus, Ohio an NNP is needed with experience in the Level II, III or IV NICU to work in a fast paced, critical care setting at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and provide direct patient care for critically ill, premature, and complex newborns using the most advanced neonatal therapies and technologies.
Jill Gilliland is President of Melnic an APRN and PA national recruiting company. Jill is a speaker and publicist on areas such as job strategies, branding and marketing, pediatric critical care needs, and additional topics relevant to pediatric nursing and the recruitment business. She has over 12 years of experience in the recruiting industry coupled with a strong sales, healthcare, and technology background. Jill holds a BS degree in Business from the University of Southern California and an MBA from The University of Virginia, Darden Business School. Connect with Jill Gilliland on LinkedIn.