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How to Perfect Your CNA Resume to Include All Your Past Accomplishments


When a hiring manager first looks at a resume, it takes them just seconds to decide whether or not it’s worth their time.

Numerous studies note that the time a reviewer spends on their initial scan of a resume is six to 10 seconds. One specialist who hires nursing assistants said they spend about 20 seconds on this step. Either way, it’s clear your CNA resume needs to make an immediate impact – or it will wind up in the trash.  

What to Include

Your resume is a summary of your education, experience and qualifications. When you submit it or take it with you to an interview, you are showing pride in your capabilities and demonstrating the reason you are the best person for the job. Include your:

Personal Information

Full name, home address, email address and phone number. Be sure your email address is professional. Get a new address for job hunting, if necessary.

Career Goals

In a sentence or two, outline your career goals and provide a capsulized description of yourself. This may read something like, “Experienced, reliable CNA with excellent patient care and documentation skills, seeking a position in pediatric oncology. Adept at working in a variety of healthcare settings.”

Skills and qualifications.

A CNA’s role is to measure and record fundamental information about patients. List all your relevant skills, such as CPR and first aid; patient and environmental safety; medical terminology; HIPAA and patient privacy; communications; use of proper documentation standards, and vital signs and patient observation.


List each school you’ve attended, in reverse chronological order. If you have your certification, include the date it was awarded. If you are awaiting results or have not yet taken the exam, state “certification in process.” In addition to schools include any other professional training relevant to CNA work, such as computer courses or OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen courses.

Clinical Roles and Dates

If you’re a new CNA, list your clinical roles and dates. Add a brief statement about the patient care you provided at each one. If you’re more experienced, list your jobs with dates and short descriptions of your duties. Add any extra responsibilities or achievements; for instance, “safety committee member” or “CNA of the Quarter.”

Make Your Resume Stand Out

Make your resume stand out from the pack by:

Having a friend review it before you send it.

If possible, turn to a trusted colleague or a fellow CNA for this purpose. They can help verify specific material and make sure you’ve prioritized your background and skillset.

Making it unique and personal.

Although it’s important to include relevant skills, certifications, and experience, what will really help your resume stand out is leaving the reviewer with a personal touch. For instance, perhaps you are fluent in a second language or play a musical instrument. If these talents are helpful to the role, include them; for example, if you applying for a job in a nursing home setting with a piano in the activity room or job searching in a bilingual region.

A professional career counselor from MedicalPros Recruiting & Staffing can partner with you to access the best CNA jobs in the Northwest – and perfect your resume and other tools and strategies to make your career goals a reality. Contact us today to learn more.

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