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Is there any reason to have printed resumes?

Dear Donna,

It seems that everyone requires you to submit an online resume these days when applying for jobs. Is there any reason to still have printed resumes?

Wondering About Hard-copy vs. Online Resumes

Dear Wondering About Hard-copy vs. Online Resumes,

If a prospective employer requires you to submit an online resume, then of course you will do so. But that does not negate the need for hard-copy resumes in many situations. For example, if you are attending a career fair or professional association meeting/event, there are many times when someone will ask for a hard-copy of your resume. This precedes an actual job application process.

Also, even if an employer requires that you submit an online resume, it is to your advantage to submit a hard-copy via snail mail as follow-up to the online version if you have a contact name and address to do so. Additionally, it’s always advisable to bring several copies of your resume to a job interview for those who don’t have your online version handy or haven’t seen it yet, especially when more than one person interviews you.

While many people believe that print (in all forms) is dead and that online rules, there is still plenty of room for both. Each format serves a unique purpose and one can complement and support the other.

Best wishes,


By | 2015-05-14T13:48:41-04:00 May 11th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, National, Nursing Careers and Jobs|1 Comment

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Donna Cardillo
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, is president of Known as The Inspiration Nurse, she is a keynote speaker, retreat and seminar leader, and author of "Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional" and "The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career." She brings more than 25 years of clinical, management and business experience to her role as career guru.

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    Joyce HARITOs February 17, 2019 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Hello Donna,

    I am trying to transition to indirect pt care. How do I introduce that fact. I have 8 years medical/surgical ICU, eight years med/surg. I am stuck.Would like to work for insurance company or HEDIS etc.
    Thanks for any assistance

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