Resume Tips for Surgical Nursing Jobs

If you are seeking surgical nursing jobs, you'll need a powerful and well-written resume to make an impression. Competition for jobs is especially fierce today, so your resume has to catch the recruiter's attention and keep it in order for you to have a chance. Check out these tips to help you construct the best resume possible.

Heading and Objective

Keep your resume one page in length, if possible. Condense your information into the most compact form possible. The resume focuses your skills and experience into a narrow, focused beam like a laser. You can expand on those qualities during the interview.

Use a thicker, sturdier grade of paper for your resume, something more substantial than typical typing paper. Many stores like OfficeMax and Office Depot have "resume-grade" paper that's just right. Also, avoid any special effects and colored ink on the resume. You want a crisp, easily readable look that is business-like.

Center your personal contact information at the top of the page. This contact section should include your email address and cell phone number in addition to your mailing address and home phone number.

The objective, if you choose to include one, should follow the heading. This can be an important part of your resume, if you hook the reader by condensing your desire for the job and experience into a powerful sentence. An example for a surgical nurse might read: "Surgical nurse with five years of ER experience and a passion for helping others seeks position utilizing proven skills."


You want to do more than just list the places you worked. You want to provide brief examples of your achievements and responsibilities in each position to enhance your qualifications. A bullet format is a great way to do this. Here's an example of what it might look like:

      2001-2006 Central States Hospital

  • Worked extensively with acute trauma patients in the ER
  • Managed four other nurses on the ER staff
  • Helped stock and maintain surgical instruments


Use the same approach here as you did in the "Experience" section. Provide highlights of your academic career instead of a dull recitation of places and times. It's OK to mention achievements outside of the medical field. These achievements can show you're a good learner and well-rounded person. Again, a bullet format is a good idea, and the education section might resemble something like this:

1992-1996 Central States University

  • Finished in top 15 percent of Class of 1996
  • Earned a 4.0 GPA in nursing-related classes
  • Minored in Office Management

Certifications and Other Skills

You may have skills and achievements not easily covered by the previous categories. For example the ability to speak more than one language is a great asset, especially if you live in an urban area or one that services a sizable population that speaks your second language. Draw attention to your ability.

Any kind of volunteer service is usually looked upon favorably, so mention that as well. If you have computer skills or experience in handling people or money, bring that up as well. And definitely do not forget to mention any special certifications or licenses you have. Here's how your "special qualifications" list might read:

  • Completely fluent in Spanish
  • Volunteered as an "English as a Second Language" tutor
  • Trained in Quickbooks and other management software

You can find other great nursing resume tips at Hospital Jobs Online.