PNP Resume Structure

Chronological Resume

Once your self-assessment is complete, you are ready to analyze the data and select the information to build your resume.

The easiest to read and write, and thus the most common resume format, is chronological. It begins with your most recent PNP experience and works backward through your previous jobs. This format is most widely used by your peers and is beneficial because you:

  • Are pursuing the same type of position as your current or previous one – this is true for new grads as well
  • Have no major employment gaps – if you do, include a separate document called Explanation of Employment Gaps, for gaps other than child rearing or something you can insert in the space between jobs in 1 – 2 lines.
  • Can show progressive leadership changes
  • Have had past jobs that relate strongly to your job objective

A primary advantage of the chronological resume is that most readers are comfortable with the traditional layout of this format. It presents your background clearly and enables the reader to quickly review your information.

Once you have decided on a layout and content, it is time to enter your information into the structure of your resume. Resumes typically contain the following data blocks that support your job objective. The majority of PNP resumes are organized in the following order:

  • Contact information
  • Job objective
  • Education
  • Summary of skills- may not apply to new grads
  • Clinical Experience
  • Academic Experience
  • New Grad: Clinical Training
  • Credentials
  • Awards and Honors
  • Organization Memberships
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Community Service

Follow these 12 steps for a great PNP resume.