Nursing Resume Tips for Applicant Tracking Systems

16 Tips To Prepare Your Nursing Resume For Applicant Tracking Systems

We’ve spoken to countless nurses and other healthcare professionals who have expressed dismay with the now ubiquitous applicant tracking systems utilized by healthcare organizations for nursing jobs and other healthcare jobs. The most common complaint is that the applicant tracking system is like a black hole. The nurse fills out an online application, uploads their nursing resume, and then never hears a word from the employer.

We always inquire if the nurse made an attempt to optimize their nursing resume for the resume parser and the applicant tracking system. Understandably, most nurses have no idea what this means. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of optimizing your resume for applicant tracking systems and offer some tips for doing so. Read more

How to Write the Best Nursing Cover Letter

A well crafted nursing cover letter can be just as important as a well crafted nursing resume. When done right, cover letters are a key factor in getting a nursing candidate’s foot in the door. Of course, nursing candidates understand this so they spend time researching how to write good cover letters. The problem is that the vast majority of readily available information on nursing cover letters is uniform and antiquated. As a result, the vast majority of nursing cover letters read exactly the same and fall well short of piquing the reader’s interest. So in this blog post, we’ll cover the basic items to review before sending a cover letter, summarize the conventional approach to nursing cover letters and discuss its shortcomings, and offer a unique formula that will wow employers and land you an interview. Read more

5 Things that New Grad RNs and Experienced RNs Should Know About the Job Market

A New Grad RN recently shared their frustration with us regarding the difficulties encountered in finding a first job. Having spoken to many New Grad RNs over the years, we know how frustrating it can be for them to land their first job with an acute care hospital. These days, many people point to uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act as the cause. However, our experience indicates that New Grad RNs have been having this difficulty since at least 2006. While the problem has certainly been magnified since 2008, we’re not sure how much of it can be attributed to the Affordable Care Act. The poor economy and an overall misunderstanding of the “nursing shortage” are more likely causes. Understanding the issues at play can help New Grad RNs formulate a strategy for landing their first job in an acute care hospital. Read more

Sample Nursing Resume – RN Resume

Below is an image of a sample nursing resume – RN Resume – rendered from a BluePipes profile. As a professional networking website dedicated to healthcare professionals, BluePipes provides a profile that helps nurses identify and record details pertinent to their unique careers. Your profile can be rendered as a PDF resume, saved, and utilized at your convenience.

Unlike job boards and lead generators, BluePipes will never sell your personal contact information to third parties. Moreover, only the information displayed on your public profile is visible to  members. Everything else is kept private and secure so only you will be able to access when necessary.

BluePipes also provides free access to over 100 comprehensive skills checklists that members can complete, save, and download as PDF documents. Read more

Nursing Resume Length and Feedback on Resume Details

In a previous blog post, we provided our list of the top 10 details to include on a nurse resume. We received a lot of positive feedback and questions about the post. In this post, we’ll revisit the topic to address some of the questions we received and explain why some of these details are so important. Read more

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Scholarships and Reimbursement for RNs: 5 Avenues for Obtaining the Funds to Accelerate Your Nursing Career

There are a plethora of decisions when it comes to nursing school—some of them manifest before you even show up to class and many of them come after graduation.

Before you start nursing school, you need to decide which undergraduate pathway will lead you to the take the standardized National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)-RN, and how you will pay for that degree. After graduation though, there’s still time to obtain reimbursement if the decisions you made prior to starting nursing school weren’t the most favorable to your bank account. We’ve outlined how you can obtain scholarships for nursing school before you start, and reimbursement for school related debt while you’re working as a registered nurse. The good thing is that you have plenty of financial support as an RN from private organizations to the government, and beyond. Read more

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6 Travel Nurse Rating Websites You Should Know About

Travel nurses face a unique set of circumstances when it comes to things like employment conditions and working with travel nursing companies. Therefore, when they want to get the lowdown on such things, they’re best served by relying on feedback from other travel nurses. As a result, a host of websites provide rating and review features dedicated to travel nurses. In this article, we’ll take a look at 6 travel nurse rating websites you should know about. Read more

Travel Nurse Submitted By Multiple Agencies For The Same Job

The Lowdown on Travel Nurses Being Submitted to the Same Job by Multiple Agencies

Every travel nurse will make a choice at one point or another about working with multiple travel nursing companies. Should you stick with just one company or work with several? One of the big pitfalls should you choose to work with multiple companies is the possibility of being submitted by multiple companies for the same travel nursing job. In this article, we’ll discuss all aspects of duplicate submissions for the same travel nursing job so you can approach this issue with confidence. Read more

The Most Popular Travel Nursing Websites

The Most Popular Travel Nursing Websites and Who Owns Them – 2016

Travel nursing is pretty complicated, especially when you’re just starting out. There are so many variables involved, from finding the best travel nursing agencies to understanding the pay packages and more. As a result, there are many great websites packed with useful information and powerful features to help you along the way. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular travel nursing websites of 2016 and who owns them. Read more

Travel Nurse Versus Perm Staff Recruiting

5 Differences Between Travel Nurse Recruiting and Permanent Staff Recruiting

Recruiting is a cornerstone of the travel nursing industry. It’s also a big part of staffing permanent nursing jobs. However, while both are engaged in recruiting healthcare professionals, they couldn’t be more different. Some of the differences are obvious and some are subtle or even hidden. Either way, all the differences have an impact on travel nurses. So in this article, we’ll take a look at 5 differences between recruiting for permanent staff jobs and recruiting for travel nursing jobs. Read more

How Travel Nursing Companies Calculate Pay Rates

How Travel Nursing Companies Calculate Pay Rates and What It Means for Travelers

It’s fair to say there is a certain degree of mystery involved with travel nursing pay packages. They’re more complicated than permanent pay packages. There are huge differences between the lowest paying and highest paying packages. And companies quote and explain them in different ways. Of course, the mystery leaves many wondering how travel nursing companies determine their pay packages. In this article, we’ll take a detailed look at the two most common methods used to calculate travel nursing pay packages and discuss some of the implications for travelers. Read more

Top 11 Travel Nursing Companies on Social Media

The Top 11 Travel Nursing Companies According to Travel Nurses on Social Media

Given the pivotal services travel nursing companies provide to travel nurses, it’s no wonder a host of rating services are devoted to the travel healthcare industry. While these rating services are certainly one way for travelers to find the top travel nursing companies, it’s also becoming increasingly popular to discuss the topic on social media. As such, a consulting firm called Healthcare Research & Analytics (HRA) recently conducted a study to analyze certain social media channels to determine sentiment towards travel nursing companies. The findings are very interesting and in this article, we’ll take a detailed look at the study and some of the the results. Read more