Tips When Writing Your CNA Resume

by Maria Pavel on September 15, 2011

Although a resume that you’re preparing for a CNA job isn’t really different from any other type of job, there are some ways to make yourself stand out from everyone else that may also be applying for the same job. Following are some tips for writing a successful CNA resume:

1. Keep it short: Include only the most necessary information in no more than 2 pages.

2. Needed Information: Include your contact information, your objectives, skills and qualifications, your education, work history, any volunteer work, and references.

3. Contact Information: Put this at the heading in the form of your full name, address, phone number, and email address.

CNA Resume

CNA Resume

4. Objectives: Be honest about your strengths and skills that you feel make you the best candidate for the job. These should be relevant to the position you’re applying for.

5. Skills and Qualifications: State the skills and qualifications you possess that make you perfect for the position.

6. Education: List the name of the school where you studied as well as its location. Include all relevant courses that apply to your CNA training.

7. Work History: Only include jobs that relate to the CNA job you’re applying for. If you’ve held lots of jobs in the past, cut those to the last 3 or so.

8. Volunteer Work: This makes you look like a caring person when you’ve done volunteer work. If you’ve never done any volunteer work, consider looking around for something.

9. References: These are the people that can verify your skills and strengths. These can be either personal or professional ones. You’ll need at least 2 or 3 of these. Be sure to contact someone before adding them as a reference to make sure they don’t mind. Also, tell them why you need them. List their full name and complete contact information as well as what they’re relationship is to you.

10. Cover Letter: This is your introduction letter. Tailor it to the position you’re applying for and address it to the job contact. Include the job title and why you’re the best candidate. Mention any specific skills and qualifications that make you perfect for the job. But don’t go into a lot of detail because your resume will do the rest. Write a new cover letter to apply for each new job. Use professional stationary rather that whimsical.

One last thing you can do is create a resume package. These aren’t required but make you stand out. Set up folders with a cover letter, your resume, a wallet size professional picture of yourself, calling card, and copies of any relevant diplomas and certificates.

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