If you look at a well-written resume closely, you will discover that it has one quite obvious quality – a well-constructed skills section. Yes, the skills section is definitely important. And the reason is nothing other than the fact that employers like hiring skilled people – for obvious reasons.
If you take the example of a nurse, five skills come to mind:
However, simply writing them like this will not whet a prospective employer’s appetite. While this is all they need (on a personal level anyway), you will need to write a little more than mere one word to describe how good you are. As a nurse, you have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. And for an employer to gauge that you are indeed the best choice for a position, it is important to tell him that you know your work inside-out. And that is a mean feat to conquer!
Difficult but not impossible to do, spelling yourself out in terms of the skills that you possess is very important. You do not just gain skills; you have to work for them. Years of practicing to do something and training is what makes you a skilled person.
Before you start writing your resume, isolate all the skills that you have on a piece of paper. Even one-word will do for now. You can later put them in appropriate sentences that bring out the best in you.
Speaking of a nursing position, here is a list of skills that you can write on your resume:
• Demonstrated expertise in accurately gathering information in a systematic manner in order to determine patients’ health-related needs
• Documented success in administering medications along with IVs, catheterizations and suctioning according to each patient’s individual care plans
• Skilled in educating patients and families on healthcare needs, condition, options and home care
• Committed to creating and implementing care plans for several patients at the same time
• Deep knowledge of medical terminology and its implementation in real time
• Proficient in operating and maintaining monitors of bio medical equipment
• Familiarity with initiating and maintaining IV pumps, tubing and IV medications
• Knowledge of providing pre- and post-operative nursing care for geriatric patients with a variety of injuries and diseases
• Skilled in administering oral, intramuscular and subcutaneous medications
• Qualified to recommend and implement changes in healthcare plans in accordance to patients’ specific needs