A: No, not for nurses. By the time you list your experience, your education, your licenses and certifications, you are already on two pages, even with limited experience. Two pages is perfectly acceptable. Don’t go any longer than that, though, unless you have extensive high-level and unusual experience and credentials.
Q: Is it OK to reduce the margins and the type size on my resume in order to get it onto two pages?
A: No. Margins should be about one inch all around for ease of reading and a professional look. Type size should be 12 point for easy reading, too. Also, many employers scan resumes for storage in computer data bases and 12 point type is required for that. If your resume is too long, reduce the amount of information by eliminating the old, out-dated, irrelevant, unimportant, and redundant. Remember, your resume should highlight your professional experience, not list every single thing your ever did.
Q: Should I list all my continuing education courses on my resume?
A: The answer to this is usually “no.” Most nurses attend continuing education programs regularly but you only clutter up your resume by listing them all. Refer to relevant courses in your cover letter, if applicable. You could include a line under ‘education’ that says “Continuing education credits available upon request,” indicating that they exist if anyone wants to see them. But this is completely optional.
Q: If I worked for a staffing agency, should I list every hospital I worked for during that time?
A: No. List the agency as the employer and use a general job description like “Worked in various acute care hospitals in ICU, Emergency, and Med-Surg. Units.” Then go on to list various specific experiences and accomplishments as you would for any other job.
Q: If I am currently attending school, should I list that on my resume?
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