Creating a résumé and cover letter that effectively highlight your qualifications, skills and experience is key to a successful job search.
A résumé is usually 2 pages in length. The format generally includes career objective, work experience, education, volunteer experience and any additional training or certification. You don't have to list every job you ever had but do include your most recent positions so an employer will be able to see your career progression.
The cover letter can be short, approximately 4 paragraphs in length, and include the following:
Interview questions may be generic to health care, but most will be specific to the applicable nursing unit. Here are some interviewing tips:
The following sites provide career-assistance information, including tips on creating a résumé. Please note: The websites below are examples of available resources and are not to be viewed as endorsements.
Provides a comprehensive résumé-writing guide that includes identifying your skills, targeting your résumé, eye-catching phrases and more.
Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Links to a number of career-planning resources.
University of Toronto Career Centre: Résumé Tip Sheet
Guides you through creating a résumé and directs you to other resources.
University of Waterloo Career Development e-Manual
Provides a step-by-step guide to creating a résumé, which includes videos and résumé templates.
Has information for your whole job search: cover letter tips, interview techniques, job search strategies, career planning, résumé examples, templates and advice.
Purdue Online Writing Lab
Provides a guide to creating a résumé, including when to use 2 pages or more, design tips and management resumés.
RNAO Career Services
Offers a wide range of career services to help focus and enhance your career.
Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario
Provides a wide range of career development services, including nurse promotional materials, nurse profiles and career counselling resources.