Emily Springfield, Media Consultant


Nursing resume and portfolio tips and samples

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Sample Résumé 1
A Microsoft Word résumé From a U-M Family Nurse Practitioner, which can be used as a content guide and as a formatting template. Also available in HTML (web) form.
Sample Résumé 2
Same content as above, but a different layout. Also available in HTML (web) form.
Résumé vs. Portfolios
What is the difference?
Portfolio Template (PowerPoint Format)
For use with FNP resume/portfolio project. Change the look just by choosing a new color scheme! Sample finished PowerPoint portfolios: Michelle Dalton and Caroline Derrick
Sample PDF Portfolio
Gail Fromes's portfolio - a great example of what can be accomplished by someone with basic computer skills
Technical Instructions
A Word document with how-to instructions for creating PDF, PowerPoint, or Web-format portfolios.
The Complete Guide to Résumé Writing for Nursing Students and Alumni
From Mary Somers at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Includes guidelines and worksheets for preparing your information. Excellent starting point!
"Creating a Winning Nursing Résumé"
From Monster.com. A one-page, must-read overview of writing a résumé for a nursing job, whether you are new to the field, advancing in the field, or returning after some time off. See also their Sample entry-level nursing résumé.
Nursing Job Help Online
A site maintained by a retired RN with tips on choosing the right nursing profession, preparing your job application, interviewing - even tips for dressing for your interview.
What Attracts Nurse Recuriters to a Résumé?
From RNWanted.com. The page discusses how to think about your experience and choose how to write about it. They also surveyed nurse recruiters and asked what they wanted to see in a résumé. The results:

1. Detailed work history in reverse chronological order (most recent job first)
2. Shifts available 
3. Department of interest
4. Well-developed career goal
5. References; at least one professional reference
6. Certification and licensure information  
7. Willingness to relocate, if any (state your preferred locations)   
8. Any experience in performance improvement  
9. Minimum salary requirements
10. specific description of types of units and patients cared for and for how long

About Functional Résumés
From Monster.com - a good format for people changing careers or returning to the job market after time off. See also their sample functional résumé.

Emily Springfield - Media Consultant - University of Michigan School of Nursing - email address: espring AT umich.edu