What You Should and Shouldn't Add to Your CNA Resume

What You Should and Shouldn't Add to Your CNA Resume

Creating an effective CNA resume is one of the most important things you will need to do when beginning your new career as a nurse aide. Because of this, it is essential that you know what you should and should not add to your resume's content. While it can be a bit confusing compiling the best information for your resume, the following information can guide you in the right direction.

Employment History

When creating your CNA resume, you must list your employment history. However, this does not necessarily mean that you need to include every job position you have held during your lifetime. First and foremost, list your most relevant job positions starting with your current position and working backwards.

Of course, there is an exception to this rule. If you have not held many positions during your lifetime, you will want to add as many desirable positions as possible. Typically, listing about five to ten previous job positions is ideal. If your employer needs any additional information, he or she will ask you during your interview.

Personal Information and References

In addition to your employment history, you should also add your personal information and references to your CNA resume. Personal information includes such things as your full name, a telephone number and your entire address including your zip code. You should never include your Social Security number on your resume.

If you are hired, you will be required to fill out various tax forms and provide your Social Security number at that time. Additionally, when providing references, try to list at least two or three professionals. This can include college professors, other school officials or professionals outside of school who know you well.

You should also list about two or three personal references who can be close friends, family members, coworkers or even neighbors. However, never list any references without asking them first. When listing references, include your references' first and last names, their relationships to you, their phone numbers, and their addresses if known.

Your Education and Training

Your education and training are also essential parts of your CNA resume. It goes without saying that you should always include your CNA training in your resume, your date of graduation and the date you passed your CNA exam. If you have earned any relevant specialty certifications, you will want to include that information as well.

It is also a good idea to list your high school or GED information and your CPR certification number. Other information you may want to list in your resume includes your overall GPA, memberships to honor societies and participation in school organizations. It is not necessary to list a number of irrelevant certifications in your resume unless you think that it can add to its content.


Learning what you should and should not add to your CNA resume can mean the difference between securing your desired job position and being turned down.

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