Career Services

Undergraduate Career Services

STEP 1: Resume & Cover Letter

Create or improve your resume and cover letter, connect with references, and create your digital brand.

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STEP 2: Gain Experience

Build your healthcare experience as a CNA, Student Nurse, or through an externship. Gain leadership skills through student organizations, volunteer opportunities, or programs in nursing.

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STEP 3: Job Search

Search for accredited residency programs, positions for new graduates, or explore careers you can do with a nursing degree.

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STEP 4: Interview & Job Offers

Prepare for conversations with employers and alumni by reading the attached guides and writing down talking points and examples.

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Career Advising

To Schedule an Appointment

Use Starfish to schedule an appointment with Kelli Richards, the School of Nursing career advisor.

Preparing for a Career Advising Appointment

  1. Review the Career Services website
  2. Review and draft resumes, CV’s, cover letters, licensure information, post graduation plans, etc. before your appointment. If applicable, email these documents to prior to the meeting.
  3. Brainstorm fields of interest, questions about nursing careers, postgraduate location, and clarifying questions prior to your appointment.

Graduate Career Services

A resume is a brief synopsis (one or two pages) of your professional strengths, typically including standard sections such as your educational background, clinical experience, work history and additional skills. It is your opportunity to show the skills you have gained throughout your clinical and other experiences.

Graduate Student Sample Resume for UW Health
Graduate Student Resume & Interviewing Presentation

Curriculum Vitae (CV) Overview

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) goes into more depth than a resume, looks at teaching and research you’ve conducted, works you’ve published, and major presentations. However, because this information is not relevant in many professions, the CV is usually used by those looking for academic, research, scientific, or medical positions that require a more comprehensive look at the applicant.

Curriculum Vitae Samples

Sample CV: DNP
Sample CV: PhD

Helpful Links

UW-Madison Writing Center Graduate Student Workshops
APRN Career Guide for Graduate Nursing Students
Academic CVs: 10 Irritating Mistakes

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Kelli Richards

Position title: Career Development & Learning Support Manager


Phone: 608-263-5163