LPN Resume Tips: Creating The Perfect Objective

As an LPN looking for a new job, you’re likely well-versed in the importance of outlining your previous experience and education. However, did you know that your professional objective located at the top of the resume is among the most important elements of your resume? Because a hiring manager likely spends less than one minute skimming your resume, you must actively work to enhance the viability of your experience by creating the perfect objective statement.

While some feel that this piece of the resume is overrated, the majority of hiring managers throughout the industry still routinely read this objective as a means of determining whether or not you have the chops for the job.

If you wish to create a high-impact nursing resume – and let’s be honest, who doesn’t – then you must first be clear about why you’re sending your resume in the first place. When you have a clearly defined objective statement, you’re able to construct a resume that clearly conveys the necessary experience the hiring manager is looking for.

In the most generalized sense, a resume objective is an effective way to grab (no, demand) the attention of a hiring manager. Unfortunately, the majority of LPN job seekers misunderstand the actual objective of a resume objective.

A resume objective is supposed to be a short paragraph informing the hiring manager of your skills, abilities and knowledge that will help the company achieve their goals. The objective statement is not supposed to tell the company what you want from them and how being hired will help your career. Remember, the objective statement is not about you – rather, it’s about how your involvement with the company will boost their overall goals and assist in accomplishing their overall vision.

When applying for an entry level LPN position, make sure to include all your education, including if you took online classes for cna program or similar nursing coursework prior to enrolling in your LPN program. This is important, as it will show your wholehearted commitment to nursing and dedication to your career.

As an LPN, then you’ll need to primarily focus on your general personality and work ethic traits that pertain to your overall character and personality. The goal is to paint yourself as a truly valuable employee. You can accomplish this by thinking of your objective statement as three distinct part.

The first part is a self introduction that briefly touch on your most provable/strongest traits. The second part is a swift blurb telling the hiring manager the role in which you wish to fill within the company. The last section of the objective statement is to emphasize that you and the company have the same goals and that you’re a reliable employee dedicated to the success of the company – not for your sake, but for the sake of the company.

Citations: www.cnacertificationscoop.com/cna-classes-online/ & nalpn.org/education/

LPN Resume Tips: Outlining Your Key Qualifications

When you’re searching for a new job, it can seem that one of the most difficult experiences you’ll have is the creation of your resume. It should come as no surprise that as an LPN, your training and experience are among the most important elements of this document. However, there is another section of your resume that is equally – if not more – important. That is your Key Qualifications section. Also referred to as the Qualifications Summary, this portion of your resume is quickly overtaking the “objective summary” section as the qualifications summary allows you an easy and fast way to clearly outline why you’re qualified for the job you’re applying for.

According to NALPN, when you have a well-written qualifications summary, you can make your resume incredibly attractive to a hiring manager. If you’re interested in learning how to write an effective qualifications summary, then you should take a few minutes to read through our carefully selected tips guide.

Qualifications Summary – Defined

In the most fundamental sense, a qualifications summary is just that – a summary of your qualifications that are pertinent to the job you’re applying for. According to many industry insiders, a well-written qualifications summary can be one of the most effective ways to secure a job interview. However, in order to make this section work for you, you must customize the information within the summary based upon the job you’re applying for. The best way to do this is to grab keywords and key job duties for the job description. By customizing this summary, the hiring manager is able to clearly see how you’ll be an excellent fit for the position.

One of the primary reasons why this is such a popular choice among LPNs – and other job seekers – is because it’s fairly new. This style will give your resume a fresh and clean appearance, while still sticking to a format that’s familiar with the hiring manager.

The first step in writing an effective qualifications summary is to ensure that the summary hits the following milestones:

1.) It should position yourself as an authority within the industry – specifically within the job position you’re applying for.

2.) It should showcase your creativity within the industry. Apply unique statistics that are applicable for the position.

3.) It should highlight your efficiency within your previous work experiences. Demonstrate how you were able to accomplish goals in an efficient manner.

4.) Insert any recognitions or awards you received.

5.) Demonstrate how you held any type of managerial role – even if you weren’t actually a manager. This can include time management statistics or project management duties.

LPN Resume Tips: Highlighted Skills Section

As an LPN, you’re required to master a host of skills. In fact, the majority of your job success is based upon whether or not you succeed at certain skillsets. When you’re creating your LPN resume, perhaps one of the most important sections to highlight is your skills section. This is where you can quickly inform a hiring manager what you’re capable of doing. While your work experience section and other elements within your resume can demonstrate your skills, the skills section is completely dedicated to this aspect of your work ethic and potential as a job candidate. Because of this, it’s imperative that you spend time fully understanding what you should include in this section as well as how to format it.

Tip #1 – Remain Concise

While we’re talking about the skills section, this tip is applicable for all other sections of your resume. Your resume should be a concise and succinct assessment of your experience and skills as it relates to the job you’re applying for. For the majority of hiring manager, they’ll only spend up to one minute reviewing your resume, therefore, it’s imperative that you keep your skills list as concise as possible. By doing so, you’re allowing the reader to focus primarily on the skills, which will help the determine whether or not you’d be a good fit for the position.

Tip #2 – Bullet Points Are Your Friends

Instead of creating a paragraph, which is harsh to read (and likely won’t be read), when you create a bullet point list of your skill , you’re allowing the hiring manager an opportunity to quickly review your skills and determine whether or not you’d make a good fit. When you provide your resume greater white space (that is space without words) the hiring manager is given ample time to actually assess your skills, instead of being annoyed with the sheer amount of words placed on the page.

Tip #3 – Highlight Relevant Keywords

Perhaps one of the most effective ways to generate interest in your resume is to utilize relevant keywords within your skills section. The best way to go about this is to look at the job description and highlighting certain keywords and keyphrases. If you have experience and skills that match these, then use them within the actual skills section. This allows the hiring manager to clearly see you have what it takes to successfully accomplish the various tasks and duties of the job. Those who stick to this rule typically find themselves in the interview room, which is where we all want to be, right?

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