5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Resume


Nurses need to write resumes that are unique and impressive.

In this article, I want to discuss the five common mistakes that you want to avoid.

Too Long

There is no rule as to what length your resume should be; however, if it is longer than two pages, it may not be read.

The first page should catch the attention of the recruiter and be concise.

If it is longer than one page, whatever is on page two should be new and relevant information.

Some nurses write resumes that are three to four pages long.

Unless you are applying for a director of nursing job and have a long history that is relevant to the position, I doubt the recruiter will read the third or fourth page.



Hobby List

Mentioning your hobbies may be a good idea so that you appear like someone who has other interests besides work.

However, it is not necessary to give all the details of how you won the tennis tournament, because that has nothing to do with your application.

Stating that you have twelve hobbies and describing them in detail is also not necessary.

It is okay to mention about two to three, but just mention and leave it at that.


Personal Descriptions

Recruiters are more interested in your skills; it is not necessary to tell them that you are six feet tall or weigh 110 pounds.

Also, telling them you are married with six children is not necessary.

This information will come in handy once you get the job and need to get your physical exam.

Remember, it’s your skill set that matters the most to any potential employer.



Some resumes are disorganized and hard to follow. One cannot follow the trend of thought, and the way they are written can be very confusing.

Be organized and logical in your format.

Some resumes repeat the same skill two or three times.

Repetition does not mean that you are good at that skill. You only need to mention it once.


Poor Grammar

When it comes to grammar, take your time and perform a spell check. If you are not sure, ask someone else to read your resume, and see if they detect any errors.

If your resume has grammatical, punctuation and typographical errors, the person reading it will not want to read beyond any errors noticed.

Remember, your resume is your sales letter. Take your time and write a great resume or utilize a resume service if necessary.


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  1. This is a great list, Joyce! I saw so many of these mistakes come in when I was working in human resources. Colleges are doing a better job of working with students now to help them with their resume but for those who have been out of the job-search game for a little while – these things are easily forgotten!

    • Joyce says:

      Yes, so true Katy.
      Particularly nurses who are applying to new jobs after being with the same employer for some time.
      They too need to be reminded to avoid these mistakes.

  2. Love the tips, Joyce! It is interesting to me that the brevity of the resume is important. It reminds me of being a nurse entrepreneur and creating profiles for my social media. You want it to be attention-grabbing right off of the bat and not too wordy. Thanks for the reminder (in my world) but also for the reminder for all of our nurses out there creating their resumes.

    I actually have been reviewing some this past year as we have been hiring a new person in my area. The disorganization factor is CRUCIAL! I don’t even read the entire thing if there are errors. Great share!


    • Joyce says:

      Yes Elizabeth.
      The disorganization factor is one area we need to pay close attention to.
      Repetition is another area I find quite common in resumes.