Nursing Career Success

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Career Success Guide

This guide lists helpful websites for the active job-seeking nursing student and nurse. Many of the websites contain examples of resumes and cover letters for both the nursing student and the nurse. Job interview tips include insightful points to help you "put your best foot forward" with potential employers.

Career Success

12 Steps to Career Success (Rutgers School of Nursing)

These 12 steps will help you to move your career forward, keeping in mind what your ultimate career goals are.


ANA Career Center

Links to information on resume writing and interviewing, career advancement and social networking. If you are a member of ANA, you may upload your resume.


Best Career Advice from 30 Leaders in the Nursing Field

Nurse.org asked thirty influential nurse leaders to share some of their best career advice for nurses.


Job Search Resources (Trocaire College)

Includes: Reference forms, Resume and Cover Letter information, LinkedIn tips, Networking, practicing interviewing techniques and follow-up information.


Nursing Resume, Cover Letters, Interview Tips & Techniques (MiraCosta College)

Along with guidance on resumes, cover letters and interviews, this website also includes action words, workplace competencies, follow-up information and sample interview questions.


Rutgers School of Nursing: Career Development

Advice from starting your career to applying to graduate and professional schools.


Skills for Success: What Every New Nurse Needs

This article is published in Minority Nurse and presents examples of the essential skills nurses will need to meet job demands at any career juncture. Topics include critical thinking, communication skills, keeping current in the field and more.

Resume Writing & Cover Letters

How to Write and Effective Resume (Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing)

This is an extremely helpful Powerpoint presentation from a prestigious institution.


Cover Letter Guide: Nursing (George Washington University)

A four page document that has format and content, examples and tips.


Cover Letters for Nursing (Linfield College)

Guide to preparing a cover letter. Also has a link to a pdf guide of examples.


Get that Nursing Job: Tips on How to Create an Eye-Catching Cover Letter (Rasmussen College)

Guides you through each section of a cover letter and the importance of each.


Nursing Resume Writing Guide (University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN)

Guidelines and examples for a nursing student and recent graduate resumes.


Resumes for Nursing (Linfield College)

Guidelines for nursing resumes and includes a pdf guide, worksheet and a new graduate checklist.


Resume Writing Guide: Nursing (George Washington University)

States purpose and guidelines in writing a resume. Illustrates sections of a resume, urges the SAR format, lists action verbs and two resume examples.


Ultimate Guide to Nursing Resumes

A step-by-step guide to writing a targeted, well-written resume.

Interviewing Tips & Techniques

The interview is a challenge to say the least. Here are some guidelines to help you with forming your answers and how to conduct yourself.


The hardest question of the interview is: What are your biggest strengths?

Try to hit these points if you possess these abilities:

  • problem-solving skills
  • communication skills
  • time-management skills
  • detail-oriented
  • honesty
  • determination


Another difficult question to answer is: What are your weaknesses? Everyone has weaknesses so...

  • Be honest and authentic
  • Don't throw yourself under the bus when describing a weakness
  • Tell them how you handle or overcome your weaknesses in order to accomplish a goal


When you go to an interview, you are basically "selling" yourself. So, control the narrative. What do you want the interviewer to know about YOU! Talk about:

  • Where your passion lies
  • Past accomplishments and how they tie into the position
  • Your special qualities that relate to the position or how these qualities can enhance the position.You may tell a story to illustrate these qualities
  • What you are looking for in the position
  • Always be engaged and ask questions!


10 Hardest Nurse Interview Questions Answered!

Based on the advice of a nurse manager who interviews several job candidates a year. Each question is listed along with insight as to why these questions are usually included in an interview and what the recruiter is looking for in an answer.


Interview Attire (Rugters)

Lists the “Do” and “Don’ts” for both men and women..


RN Interview Tips & Advice

From RegisteredNursing.org this site lists the interview dressing rules, how to prepare for the interview, potential questions & answers in the interview, and the follow-up.


The Ultimate Guide to New Grad Nurse Interview Questions

Enumerates possible questions with sample answers, advice on researching the organization, body language and being yourself.

updated April 2020