Tips for New Grad Nurses on Resumes, Applications, and Interviews

by | May 29, 2018 | Podcasts, Nursing Jobs & Interviews | 0 comments

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Who You’ll Hear

Kati Kleber, MSN RN– Nurse educator, former cardiac med-surg/stepdown and neurocritical care nurse, author, and speaker.

Melissa Stafford, BSN RN CCRN SCRN – highly experienced and currently practicing nationally certified neurocritical care nurse.

Elizabeth Mills, BSN RN CCRN – highly experienced neurocritical care nurse, current Stroke Navigator for a Primary Stroke Center.


  • Perfect, no typographical errors
  • Don’t put all of your clinical experience
    • Put things that are relevant to this job
  • Put people other than your clinical instructors; nurses on the unit, MD’s, manager
    • Get a team of cheerleaders – people who will vouch for you
  • Networking begins in nursing school
    • Make a good impression EVERYWHERE
  • Don’t think only clinical people can write resumes
    • Volunteers, administrators, administrative assistants, leadership


  • Don’t wait until graduation to apply
    • Do this way before graduation
    • Look at the websites of prospective facilities
  • HR departments are slow
    • Give it a few weeks before calling about the status of an application
    • Many won’t even let you call them; they just update online portals
  • Video interview tips
    • Don’t look at the floor
    • Look at what’s behind you – remember they are seeing that!
    • Don’t wait until the last day


  • First impression begins with scheduling the interview
    • Don’t be difficult to schedule because it looks bad
  • Look up information on the facility, work into the conversation
  • Questions beforehand
    • Go over them at home, with others – even if it looks silly!
  • Strike the balance between confident and cocky
  • Handwritten thank you note post-interview – looks awesome
  • Make sure you’re speaking positively about yourself and not negatively about others to make yourself to look good
  • Dress appropriately for the interview. Check out this post for tips: What to Wear to a Nursing Interview

More Nurse Job Application, Resumes, and Interview Resources

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Hi, I’m Kati.

Kati Kleber, MSN RN is a nurse educator, author, national speaker, host of the FreshRN® Podcast, and owner of FreshRN® – an online platform created to educate, encourage, and motivate newly licensed nurses in innovative ways.

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