Did you know that you don’t necessarily need professional experience to apply for a job? If you’re writing a resume for a CNA job and you have no previous experience, you can even write a resume with any kind of previous work experience and get you the job!
You must keep a few key points in mind in order to get the job:
Your resume must stand out. Be sure to make it as unique and true as possible so that the employer is convinced and won’t have any second thoughts. A resume might be your only chance to show the employer what you’re truly capable of so make it the best and get yourself noticed!
Your resume must be to the point. You need to make sure you cover most parts of the resume, if not all, and each part must be relevant to what is required. In a resume, you are required to fill out name details, key qualifications, work experiences, education and additional skills. Some may also include certification and major strengths.
Focus greatly on your achievements and strengths. Mentioning your achievements in the resume will attract the employer and he/she will be able to recognize your potential and what you are actually made of.
Re-read your resume at least three times before submission. This is one of the most essential points to keep in mind to get you the job you’re seeking. Proof-reading will help you see what needs to be removed from the resume and what you can add to make it stand out. It is also a good idea to ask one or two people, friends or family to take a look at your resume before you send it in.
Now, you may not have any previous experience as a nurse or healthcare professional but in your resume, fill out the experience portion with any other relevant work experience that you may have. You may have volunteered at a nursing home or a healthcare facility or even at a non-medical centre. Think of all the work experience you have and include the skills learned in your resume!
A resume without any experiences written is incomplete! It is important to include casual jobs like lawn mowing, babysitting or assisting at a small shop. All experience counts and your skills matter. You can include any extracurricular activities that you previously participated in. Most employers take volunteer experiences into consideration so if you don’t have professional experience, you still stand a chance to get the job you want!
Adding your hobbies and talent is also a great idea because some hobbies may equip you with certain skills required for the job that you’re applying for and that would be useful to your employer.
Contact Information. Your contact details will appear first on your resume cover page. You must ensure you provide accurate and current information.
You must include;
Full name (name, father’s name and last name).
Your current address (street, house number and city).
Objective. This is where you write down what you aim to accomplish as a CNA.
For example, I wish to expand upon my skills and knowledge in this career.
Skills & Qualifications. Here is where you can add your certifications and any skills that you possess. You must include tasks that show relevant capabilities and dates that you obtained them.
Example: CNA Certification obtained on May 15th 2015
CPR and First Aid Certification obtained on April 11th 2015
Practised in basic skills including bathing, feeding and bed making.
Willing to expand on my skills.
Education. This is where you may list the education levels that you have completed that could help you in your employment.
You can add the school that you attended and other basic courses that you may have completed.
Experience. Here you can include employment that is non-medical related and some skills that you obtained when you were in school. You can also pen down some volunteering services that you may have assisted with.
Example: Cared for the elderly at Heritage Place 8 hours a day. Assisted with feeding, bathing, simple wound care etc.
References. Here you can add names of previous employers, instructors and supervisors. Just make sure to ask for their permission before you refer them.
Example: Sarah Adams, BSN, CNA Instructor.
(Add phone number and email address)
Once you have filled out your resume, you can expect to be called for an interview in a few weeks.
CNA Resume with no experience examples
1 Main Street, New Cityland, CA 90100
Cell: (555) 332 3774
Science teacher with over 3 years of experience, teaching at an elementary school in CA. Hard-working and compassionate with children and the elderly too, I wish to avail my services at a small-town hospital.
Skills and Qualifications: – Compassionate with children and elderly
- Friendly and outgoing by nature
- Excellent multi-tasking ability
- Effectiveness and efficiency
- Outstanding communication skills.
CPR and First Aid Certified – June 19th 2015
Skilled in basic patient care
Bravo Medical Magnet School
Graduation: August 2014
American Career College
Graduation: June 2015
Relevant Coursework: CPR and First Aid Training
Experience: Apprentice at Los Angeles elementary school.
Science teacher for 3 years at Los Angeles elementary school.
References: Principal at Los Angeles elementary school
Phone: (555) 334 2808
We wish you all the best in filling out your resume and getting your job! We hope this guide has helped you too.