At this point in the travel nursing process you will be asked to submit a travel nursing resume. Some travel nursing companies will write your resume for you; either based on the information you supply on a resume you have already written or you list on your application. A good resume is very important for a travel nurse. The competition for travel nursing jobs can be intense for the really good locations and hospitals so you want to make sure you stand out. The style is important (and may even be changed to match the company’s look anyway), but nowhere near as much as the information on it and making sure it is presented in a clear and easy to follow format. Some of the key information every good travel nursing resume should have includes:
- All certifications,
- All licensures,
- Locations of previous work history
- Complete start and stop dates
- Job type (travel assignment, perm, PRN, contract)
- Any degrees you may hold
- Locations of any school/college you attended
- Dates you attended those schools
Your travel nursing company should have a lot of experience and knowledge about what hospital hiring managers want to see on a travelers resume so check with them and make sure you are providing all the information they need to build a competitive resume for you. But some other things you may want to add are a summary of qualifications and any volunteer work or non-profit organizations you belong to.
Also don’t worry about going too far back in your work history. It may be one of the older positions that is the selling point on your nursing skills. Also the travel nursing company you are working with may have a preset policy about how far back they go in your nursing job history.
Overall the biggest ingredient to a good resume is attention to detail and thoroughness. If you have those two aspects handled you will have a winning resume.