What Your Resume Should Look Like if You’re a Brand-new STNA
If you’re new to being an STNA, you might not have thought about your resume yet. But to start applying for jobs, you’re going to want to put your best foot forward.
Make Sure You Include Contact Information
It sounds like something you wouldn’t forget, but it’s surprising how many people forget to include contact information on their resumes. Make sure you list your name, your phone number, and your email address. A professional email address with your first and last name is preferable to something that includes an embarrassing nickname or anything you wouldn’t want your employer to see. In the past, people looking for jobs would include their home addresses, but that’s less important now than having your phone number and email address listed.
List Out Your Skills and Qualifications
You’ve worked hard to become an STNA and you’ve developed your skills along the way. Your resume is where you shout about that. Make sure that you include information about whether you’re certified in things like CPR and the dates of those certifications. It’s also important to include anything that you’ve learned in your STNA training that you were particularly good at.
Talk about Any Experience You Have
If you have any experience with being an STNA, make sure you list that. But even if you’re brand-new, you have a little bit of experience you can include. Make sure you list any internships you have done and your clinical dates and experience. That’s part of your training program, but it also gave you hands-on experience learning what it would be like to be an STNA. If you’ve had other jobs, you can list those as well, because they point to your experiences as an employee in general.
Include Your Training
You’re also going to want to include your training programs and any schools you’ve attended. You’ll list these in reverse chronological order, with the most recent educational experience being first in the list. If you’ve gotten any awards or special certifications, you can also include those. If you’ve already gotten your STNA certification, make sure that you include that information along with the date. If you’re planning to take the test or you’re still waiting to hear about your results, you can list that you took the test and that you’re waiting for results.
Your resume is how you summarize your education, skills, and experience to a potential employer. It’s how you’ll hopefully get the perfect job as an STNA.