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Does Your Resume Show Depth?

This week's post is from one of our Recruiters, Michelle Nelson, who discusses how important your resume truly is in the search process. Learn about her perspective when she reviews resumes, and how the details you include will separate you from the rest of the pack.

When you present your resume, does it show who you are as a person? Everyone is told to provide the basics such as education, work history and skills; but demonstrating your depth of experience on your resume is what quickly catches the eye of a hiring manager or recruiter.

When I review resumes, I look for work ethic, pride, organizational skills, communication, and caring about the community. Those are the values that hiring managers also look for, and demonstrating those attributes typically help get candidates to an interview. 

What Do I See?
How do I see those characteristics? If a resume is missing information, it sends a signal that the candidate is not sure of them self; or is not proud of what they’ve done. If you are proud of your past accomplishments, and you should be, make them stand out! For me, work ethic and pride certainly cross-over. It always surprises me how many resumes miss out on showing this. 

A common mistake nurses make is that they tend to list the hospitals and companies where they’ve worked, but don't list what they did at those hospitals. From my perspective, you should include details on your resume about what you specifically did, your specialty, the size of the organization, how many patients, type of charting, shifts you worked, and nursing duties.

These qualities and experiences add depth to your resume and can make all the difference when it is reviewed.

Community Matters
One last point, there are many activities that people do every day to contribute to their community, I would urge you to be sure to include these on your resume.  Hiring managers want to see that you’ll be a true asset and have pride in sharing the organization's values outside the hospital.  Most nursing models require nurses to be on councils or members of teams, and by sharing these past experiences on your resume it may help move yours to the top of the pile. 

I look forward to hearing from you,

- Michelle

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What's Your Funniest Interview Story?

We interview lots of people. Every once in a while we have some odd experiences, either because the person we're interviewing does something a little goofy; or, something funny happens as part of the interview process.

Usually we all laugh and move on...but sometimes what happens is so unexpected the interview becomes one of those memorable moments no one will ever forget.

We'd love to hear some of your "memorable" interview moments. What are some of the funny things you've experienced during past interviews in your life? Did something happen that was so unexpected that you and the interviewer couldn't get back on track?

Tell us your story...good, bad or even downright silly. Life is too short not to have a little fun once in a while!


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Networking Doesn't Have To Be Scary

There was a time when networking was only done at job fairs, professional meetings or conferences. The opportunities to network in those settings were extremely limited. Unless you were armed with a handful of business cards or a stack of resumes, you were more than likely ill-prepared for a successful event.

Fortunately that has all changed.

Look Inside First
One of the misconceptions about networking is that it is only done outside of your organization. Nothing could be further from the truth! Regardless of the size of your company, there are good people that you can network with right now. You might be asking yourself the following questions:

- Who should I reach out to?
- How should I ask them?
- What would we talk about?

These are all great questions and the key is to focus on the word "questions." As you identify key leaders, peers, or simply those who are well respected, using questions is a great way to learn about them and their perspective. Asking questions is also the fastest way to get a conversation started!

It is appropriate for you to clarify that you are trying to learn more about the organization and want to learn as much as you can about how the company operates. You will impress those you are reaching out to for your initiative, and will simultaneously be networking.

Look Outside Second
The prospect of building your network outside of your current organization can at first seem a bit daunting. This is the perfect opportunity to integrate social media into your efforts.

The first step is using Linkedin and can be a powerful platform to reach out to those in your field, as well as those you admire from other industries. If you don't have a Linkedin profile yet you need to set one up. Today!

Other social tools can be very helpful as well including TwitterFacebook pages (not necessarily individual accounts) and Pinterest. Following and connecting with others allows  you to comment on their activity, react to their blog posts, and join Linkedin groups that will open many doors.

Go For It
Gone are the days that you need to wait for a specific event to pop up on your calendar before any networking can occur. Leveraging your own organization, as well as the social networks available will help you expand your network much faster than ever before.

Be sure to check out our social channels and connect with us too!


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Dress for Success

Job interviews can be a stressful experience. Sometimes it can feel as if the process of landing a new job will never end. First you searched for the right opportunity, put your resume together, and went through a series of phone or other screenings that led up to the big day.

Interview day is here.

Being prepared for your interview is essential, and most of the time (including here on this blog) the focus is on your preparation both about the organization and the important questions you should be ready to ask and answer. But there is another key part of the interview that should not be overlooked.

Putting together an appropriate outfit is another part of the evaluation process. It is obviously not a black tie affair, but a job interview is a terrific opportunity for you to not only say that you are professional, but to prove it as well.

Wearing clean clothes that are consistent with the position you are interviewing for is a great way to demonstrate how serious you are about joining the organization. Not only will you look good, but you will feel more confident knowing that you not only are prepared to discuss the position, but that you look like you already have the job!

Good luck at your next interview, and make sure you are fully prepared.