How to Write a Winning CNA Resume: Objectives and Skills

Whether you’re looking for the first job or changing jobs, you need a winning resume that will demonstrate to employers that you are a skilled professional.

Your resume includes a summary of your education, qualifications, and experience.

When you send your resume or take it with you to an interview, you are showing pride in your capabilities and career.


If you are only entering the CNA workforce, you need a resume.

First, it will set you apart from other new candidates.

Second, you will show that you are a serious professional.

Third, it will show that you have experience and abilities that an employer needs.

Experienced CNA

If you are an experienced CNA, you demonstrate your development as a healthcare professional through your resume.

You can highlight your accomplishments and work experience.

Now every candidate bothers to make a resume, so it will put you above other candidates.

It’s not hard to make a resume, but it requires some planning and time.

You will need to include some basic information and some dates.

You should also specify your strengths and career goals.

The resume of a new CNA will be different from the one who had a couple of jobs.

But the process doesn’t differ.

Contact Information

List your full name phone number, home address, and email address.

Ensure that your email looks professional.

It can be a form of your name, for example, “BettyNurse”.

But don’t use funny or cute addresses like “Wild_Betty” or “HotNurse”.

If needed, make a new email address.

If you want to add a number there, don’t use your birth year.


Describe yourself and your career goals in one or two sentences.

For example, as a new CNA, you can say “Compassionate, CPR-certified CNA seeking an entry-level position in long-term care to provide outstanding patient care as a dependable team member”.

An experienced CNA can write “Experienced and reliable CNA with excellent patient care and documentation skills, seeking a position in pediatric care.

Adept at working in a variety of health care settings.”

Skills and Qualifications

Here, you are telling a potential employer how great you are.

Don’t miss the basic skills just because they don’t seem noteworthy.

CNAs should measure and records fundamental information about patients.

Here are the skills you can list:

  • CPR and first-aid certified (add the date).
  • Vital signs and patient observation.
  • Supportive of family members.
  • Patient and environmental safety.
  • HIPAA and patient privacy.
  • Proficient in basic skills of patient care.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Knowledgeable in medical terminology.
  • Use of proper documentation standards.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Willing to learn new skills.

These are examples, so feel free to think about what you know and do and add it.

Never put a skill you can’t perform.

That can backfire.


List every school you attended on a separate line in reverse chronological order.

Start with your CNA training (name of school, city, state, date of completion).

If you already hold your certification, add the date when you received it.

If you are still waiting for results or didn’t take the exam yet, say “Certification in process”.

Then add other schools.

If you graduated from high school within the last five years, add it with the graduation year.

If you have taken any courses or have other training (even if it’s a computer course), you should list it there too.


If you are a new CNA, list your extern and clinical experience and dates.

You can briefly describe the patient care you gave, for example, “Assisted with bathing, feeding, vital signs. Documented in each patient’s medical record”.

Then list the other jobs you had, even if they were not in healthcare.

An experienced CNA can, of course, list their CNA jobs with short descriptions of tasks and dates.

You can also add extra accomplishments and duties, such as “Safety Committee Member” or “CNA of the Quarter”.


You need to obtain at least two professional references.

Always get permission first before you list them on your resume.

At least one reference should be from a supervisor, for a new student, it can be an instructor.

You can also include a reference from a previous non-medical job, e.g., from a manager of a restaurant you worked at while going to school.

It can also be a coworker if they talk about your skills and work ethics.

Provide the name, title, email address, and phone number of each reference.

Your resume shouldn’t take more than two pages.

One is even better.

If you are unsure how to phrase your skills or objectives, you can search for some examples or ideas.

If you look at resume examples online, you’ll find many templates and formats.

Some are elaborate, others are simple.

You don’t have to worry about adding clip art or stethoscopes or being fancy.

Just keep is error-free and neat.

Print it out on good-quality white paper.

If you apply for a job in person, you will need to fill out a paper application.

Attach a copy of your resume to it.

A lot of information in the two will repeat, but having your resume with it will make your application stand out.

If you submit an online application, you can also attach your resume.

So, even with repetitive information, you should always attach your resume.

The Health Care Industry is Competitive

Even with the growing demand for CNAs, you want to stay competitive to get better jobs.

Your resume and a CNA cover letter can bring you better options, so don’t neglect these valuable tools.

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