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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Best Practices for Recruiting on BluePipes

Recruiting travel healthcare professionals is a really difficult task. Given the ratio of healthcare professionals to travel healthcare professionals, simply finding a traveler is like finding a needle in a haystack. Once you’ve found them, you still have the difficult task of convincing them you’re the perfect recruiter.

With hundreds of travelers joining BluePipes monthly, we certainly help you find them. But convincing them to work with you is still largely up to you. That said, there are many actions you can take on BluePipes that will improve your results. Let’s take a look at the best practices for recruiting on BluePipes. Read more

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Recruitment Activity Tracking on BluePipes

Healthcare staffing companies need systems for tracking the interaction between recruiters and leads. Tracking interactions is necessary to ensure all leads are contacted at regular intervals. Tracking is also necessary to ensure that recruiters aren’t stepping on each others’ toes during the recruitment process. With that in mind, BluePipes launched a recruitment tracking feature to help companies with Recruitment Subscriptions better manage their recruitment efforts on the website. We’ll review the new recruitment tracking feature in this article. Read more

Travel Nursing Job Market 2017

What You Ought To Know About the Travel Nursing Job Market in 2017

The travel nursing job market was on fire in 2015 and 2016. In fact, it got so hot that we published a list of tips and things to know about hot travel nursing job markets. However, in early 2017 we began to see travel nurses and recruiters discussing a slow down in the travel nursing job market on various social media channels . In this article, we’ll take a look at the current travel nursing job market from several different angles so you can plan accordingly. Read more

Travel Nursing With Family: The Ultimate Guide

On first thought, travel nursing with family can seem like an impossible option. However, during my time as a travel nursing recruiter, I worked with many travel nurses who had families. Each of these travel nurses had a different set of family related circumstances, but each of them was able to find solutions, or rhythms, that worked amazingly well for them and their families.  In this article, we’ll take a deep-dive into the topic of travel nursing with family so those considering this option can approach it with confidence. Read more

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The Nursing Job Search Book Every Nurse Needs

Landing your first job as a newly graduated Registered Nurse can be an arduous and intimidating endeavor. Sadly, the vast majority of nursing schools don’t offer courses specifically designed to prepare their students for the job search process. Instead, the vast majority of job search resources offered by schools as well as those available in the open market are general in nature. Unfortunately, these general resources do not address the unique aspects of nursing job searches and thus leave candidates woefully under-equipped. So in this article, we’ll take a look at a book written specifically for nursing job searches with a focus on landing that first nursing job. Read more

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The Ultimate List of Travel Nursing Agency Ratings

It’s a great idea for travel nurses to review travel nursing agency ratings before deciding which companies to work with. But with so many rating services covering a relatively small industry, it can be difficult to discover the full picture. So in this article, we provide the ultimate shortcut. First, we provide links to 6 rating websites for each travel nursing company where available so you can conveniently check the ratings. Second, we provide the total number of reviews across all 6 platforms along with the average score for each company as of June 13th, 2017. This way, you can get a quick snapshot of how each company performed until that point.  Read more

Travel Nurse Introvert

How an Introvert Flourished as a Travel Nurse

Brittany, a twenty-something female who loves to explore the country, is also a self-proclaimed introvert who is passionate about travel nursing.

As a California-girl, Brittany looked forward to days off when she could explore west-coast attractions. It wasn’t long before she had visited her top destinations and was ready for more adventure. With a nursing degree and a few years of experience, she decided to try travel nursing. Read more