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5 tips for writing a great Nursing CV

Published: Friday 3rd July 2020

A strong CV sets the ticket for breaking into your next big career opportunity. Apart from demonstrating your work experience, it also shows your skills and personality. Regardless of your qualifications, finding a nursing job in the UK can be challenging and tricky, as you’ll be up against numerous determined candidates. That’s why you have to make your nursing CV stand out amid such a competitive environment.

To help you land your next nursing job, we’ve put together 5 top tips for creating a great CV and guarantee you that long-awaited interview call! Discover exactly what you need to include as well as the Do’s and Don’ts in order to be successful in the nursing and medical sector.

Tip 1: Nursing CV Professional summary

Use this section to show that you have the skills, experience, and qualifications needed for the role you’re applying for. If applicable, mention the fact you’re a Registered Nurse (RGN) including your PIN number. Within your professional summary, cover only your absolute key skills and personal qualities, remaining succinct.

When crafting your nursing CV summary, think about the words that best describe what you do, who you are and what experience you have. Essentially you have to describe your key responsibilities, previously performed-tasks, training, hard and soft skills in as few words as possible! We recommend that you aim for around 50 – 100 words and always tailor this section down to the exact job description you’re going for.

Tip 2: Work experience

female nurse is looking at camera and smiling while her colleagues are sitting in the background

Your CV should be written in reverse-chronological order. Start with your most recent jobs and give measurable examples of your achievements whenever possible. Use your current job title and full employers name, while ensuring you use the language of your profession. Highlight your nursing career achievements with clear headings and relevant keywords. More importantly, remember to include those keywords that are related to your specialism, band, and location.

Tip 3: Avoid commonly used words in your Nursing CV

Commonly used nursing CV skills are compassionate, caring, professional, hardworking as well as excellent communication skills. Try to avoid the above-mentioned soft skills and focus more on any personal attributes that can make you stand out as well as a combination of your social conduct and emotional intelligence skills. Moreover, use real-life examples in order to demonstrate your leadership, teamwork and empathy where you can.

Tip 4: Professional training & activities

nurses and medical team are getting trained and taking part in workshop in medical room.

Mention any relevant training, short courses, workshops, or study days you’ve attended. You can also list articles published, volunteering and professional organisations’ memberships. Again, start from your most recent qualifications first. Add the dates, names of qualifications, the grades (if applicable) and the educational institutions. You should also list any relevant workshops or training courses.

Tip 5: Add references

Many job seekers don’t include references. However, healthcare CVs are a bit different. That’s why you should include two references at the end of your nursing CV.

If you’re looking for nursing jobs or vacancies in the medical sector, visit Zoek and start applying today for your next role. If you want to apply for jobs on the go, download the Zoek app on iOS or Android.

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