The do's and don'ts of a travel nursing resume

Written by Super User on Sunday, September 08, 2013 Posted in Application & Interviews

If you're thinking of pursuing a travel nursing career, you're going to need a resume that focuses on traveling. You don't need to revamp your current RN resume/CV entirely, but it will need some tweaking.

When revising your resume, remember that the main reason—really the only reason—to create a resume is to use it as a sales tool. You are selling your skills, experience, educational background, etc. to a potential employer. You want to pique a recruiter's interest enough so that he or she will place you in the "interesting, I may want to contact him/her for an interview" pile. A resume does not get you a job. It gets you an interview.

It's important to remember that your resume focuses on the recruiter's needs, not yours. What is a traveling recruiter looking for? In addition to having at least one or two years of professional nursing experience, the travel service hiring manager is looking for someone who demonstrates that he or she is flexible and works well with people from all walks of life. In other words, someone who can move about the country every 13 weeks or so (the average length of a travel assignment) and hit the ground running at a facility once he or she has arrived.

When revising your travel nursing resume, consider following this format:

  • Contact information: List your address, phone number, email address, etc. Consider placing a short link to your LinkedIn presence.
  • Objective: This is where you state that you want to work as a traveling nurse. If you want to work in a specific area of a hospital (an ER, critical care, etc.), state that here, too.
  • Specialties: If you have a nursing specialty or specialties, list them next.
  • Licensure/Certifications: List the states where you're licensed (or where you will be licensed and the date you expect to be licensed by), as well as any certifications you possess.
  • List your employment history in reverse chronological order (with your most recent job first): Name of employer, dates of employment, your title, short list of duties, the name of your supervisor.
  • Education: List your most recent training first, such as a master's or bachelor's degree. If you received your RN training before going to college, that goes below any college degrees you have earned. If you went on to receive an MSN or doctorate in nursing, they go first on the list. If you've been working as a nurse for less than five years, it's probably a good idea to list the dates you received your nursing degrees. This allows the recruiter to see that you've held your RN degree/certification for more than two years.

If you're an RN with at least two years of nursing experience and have an interest in travel nursing, contact HPC at 888-299-9800 to speak with a recruiter. 

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