How to Write an LPN Resume and Apply for a Job?
Once you have obtained your LPN license or maybe even before that, you must start hunting for a job that meets your level of satisfaction. The one tool that will aid you the most in this process is your resume. You can consider a resume as your one-page biography, listing every significant aspect of your life- from personal details and education to experience and aspirations. You can find many templates online for writing a resume, choose the one you like and tweak it to better reflect you as a professional. A resume creates the first impression of you before the employer. Once completed, do not forget to double or triple check it for any errors, take a second opinion if you want so. Try to make this one-page document as close to perfection as possible because even the slightest mistake can turn out to be the difference between it landing you on a job or itself making way to a dustbin. A resume consists of many parts- some compulsory and others optional. There are, however, some of the information that you must mention in a clear and precise manner.
Any resume starts with a description of your contact information, including name, telephone number, email id, address, etc. These are, of course, the easiest part of a resume to write, but ensure that you fill out the correct details. Also, depending upon the job profile you are applying for, you should also consider mentioning age and sex to bring in more clarity.
This is practically the starting section of any resume, and you must put some effort to make it more appealing and convey your message clearly. What it requires is; your clear explanation of the reason why you are interested in the job and what you intend to achieve in a short-term. Link the statement you make about the work and culture of the institution to your individual experiences and interests, to sound genuinely sincere and interested. Also, mentioning a short-term goal you have in mind reflects you as a progressive person and indicates your professional enthusiasm. However, do not over-sell yourself and a few crisp sentences are suffice to make your point. A sample objective below will give you some idea about the things you should include in your resume.
“A highly dynamic, freshly graduated Licensed Practical Nurse looking to expand my skills and experience while helping others in the process. A responsible job at [insert the institution’s name here] will help me harness my full potential further contributing towards the overall progress and efficiency of the institution.”
This section contains a description of your academic background. The information provided is listed in reverse chronological order with the latest degree mentioned first. The name of the institution, its location, course title, and date of completion are some of the things you are expected to mention for each degree you have completed.
One common dilemma that many candidates face is whether to mention the GPA or not, as it carries large moral weight on the employer and is capable of swinging their decision in either direction. One general rule of thumb is that if you have a good GPA, you must mention it in bold; otherwise, not.
Also, if you have just completed your education and have no prior work experience, a detailed mention of completed degrees all the way to the high school is acceptable, but for professionals with work experience, this information is considered rudimentary and is not expected. Take a look at the sample educational qualification section below:
Heartland Community College, Normal, Illinois – 2006
Licensed Practice Nurse Certification
Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Illinois – 2005
Bachelor of Science in Practical Nursing
This is possibly the most relevant part of your resume that can highly influence the employer’s decision. Give a detailed account of your previous works related to nursing with the names of companies you have worked for, city and state for each, positions held, employment dates, and duties performed. Any duties relevant to the post you have applied should be highlighted. Any major achievements during your previous employments are also expected to be mentioned.
For applicants who are freshers, this section is a little tricky to complete. You can choose to eliminate the section, but a wiser approach would be to replace it with a section of ‘Work Related Experience’ or simply ‘Work Skills’. All the relevant experiences like seminars or workshops, which you have attended, should be mentioned in this section along with the individual skills that you think make you better suited for the job. Overall, the information and your approach in this section tell a lot about you as a professional and will certainly affect the outcome.
The below-mentioned sections are not a norm for the LPN resume and should be mentioned only if there is something relevant to offer. These are, however, recommended for freshers with zero work experience or bad GPA to compensate for the shortcomings in the previous sections. Pick any/all sections to better suit your needs:
Though you are free to choose any of the thousands of templates, there are certain conventional rules of resume formatting that you should try to follow. Some of the things you should keep in mind are:
Once you have prepared your resume, it’s time to start looking for potential employers. One of the most popular ways of hunting jobs is online portals. There are many sites which can find you dozens of jobs right at your fingertips. However, the traditional ways of job searching, i.e., references and face-to-face meetings, still carry considerable relevance. Choosing the online or offline route to find a job is entirely your decision. Take a look below at the fair comparison of perks; you get by taking either route:
Despite all the above benefits, there is one flaw that can turn out to be the deciding factor for many applicants. Institutions receiving a large number of applications often apply algorithms that filter applications based on certain criteria. This process often results in discarding many applications even before an actual person looks at them. So, if your application turns out to be one of them, you will never know you were rejected by a machine.
If online applications suffer from automation flaws, the offline application is prone to human errors and inefficiencies. Besides the obvious mistakes like incomplete information, overlooked information, etc., security also remains one of the major drawbacks of offline applications. Since any application form contains many confidential information and passes through many hands, leakage and tampering of personal information are more of a reality than a mere possibility.
Be it online or on paper, filling out an application is often a tedious task. The first rule is to collect all the information, you think, will be required before starting. For a sensitive job role such as LPN, this list can get quite long as besides academic and other general information; you will have to mention a lot about your background. One thing you must always keep in mind is to abstain from providing false information. Even if you get a job for the time being by providing fake information, there is always a chance of it creeping up in the future, putting you in legal troubles.
Some of the general information you will be required to provide in every application are:
At the end of the application, you will be required to testify that all of the information you have provided is true and best of your knowledge. After putting your signature on this statement, you can be held legally accountable for any information you have provided. Along with the application form, there are two other things your should provide: