What Is a Professional Selfie? Your Resume.

Publish Date: May 9, 2018


Preparing your resume doesn’t have to be daunting if you approach it like “taking a selfie.”

Think of your resume as your professional selfie. It’s the first impression you make on a potential employer, and you control how it’s created.

Your professional selfie gives you the opportunity to present your credentials in their best light, accurate yet noting the experience, education and credentials that best represent the value you bring to the organization and fulfill the requirements of the open position.

When creating your resume, keep these points top of mind:

Professional, not personal! Make sure your information is of a professional nature, not personal. Create an email address for your job search which indicates the position you desire. E.g., a personal email may reflect nonprofessional information, catlover@hotmail.com, versus BeciaRNFA@hotmail.com. Look through your resume and say to yourself, is this professional or personal?

Include these five items:

  • Contact information
  • Career objective and/or position desired (can someone look at your resume and immediately know your career objective or desired position?)
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Credentials/Professional Organization Memberships, e.g. AORN/Awards/Certifications

Showcase how your education, experience, and credentials will bring value to the potential employer and specifically make you successful in the open position. Like with any selfie, only present your BEST side, the one that most accurately reflects your unique assets.

Think keywords! Your resume may first be scanned by computer to match against the job description. Include important keywords like clinical experience, care, patient care, RN, BSN, CNOR, RNFA, Registered Nurse, Operating Room, Perioperative, OR, Intra-operative, ASC, Ambulatory Surgery, Outpatient Surgery, Electronic Records, Surgical.

Additional tips

Take advantage of AORN resources. Create a job seeker account on the AORN Career Center and upload your resume. You will have the member benefit to receive a FREE resume critique.

Proofread your resume by reading it out loud. Also ask family and friends to review it since “fresh eyes” are more likely to see typos or ask for clarification.

Know your worth. The AORN Salary Calculator will give you a sense of the average salary for the position you desire. Reading the annual salary survey will give you general salary and benefit information.

Try career coaching. AORN members receive 90 minutes of complimentary career coaching. Have a professional career coach review your resume and help you strategize your job search. Sign up for complimentary career coaching with Dr.  Phyllis Quinlan, MFW Consultants.

You will be contacted by Dr. Phyllis to set up a phone appointment time.

Finally, visit the AORN Career Center and view over 600 open perioperative positions. The AORN Career Center is staffed to help members seeking positions or posting open jobs. Contact the AORN Career Center for assistance.