How to write a good nursing CV.
A good nursing CV is a key to the interview door and writing or updating your CV can be a daunting task. Unfortunately, there is no set way to write a CV and all it takes is a little extra time spent preparing your CV to make it a good one.
To make the task seem less daunting, we have 3 top tips that are a good starting point for creating a good nursing CV:
- Make your CV easy to read. Remember that the person reading your CV will most likely be managing the care home or practice, as such will have a lot of additional duties that they will need to oversee. So, they may only spend a minute or two reading through your CV.
- Avoid using lengthy paragraph, this will make your CV easy to read. Instead, use concise bullet points. A good nursing CV will arouse the interest of the reader, any additional details can be filled in at interview stage.
- There is no set length for a CV, but a general rule is to try and keep your CV short and punchy.
In addition to the 3 tips above, you can also do the following to make your CV a good nursing CV:
You should write your CV using professional language, it should avoid conversational tones, slang or jargon. Healthcare related terms should be used if they are explained earlier in your CV. For example, when writing your employment history, you may want to use healthcare abbreviations such as RGN, RMN or RNLD nurse you should first write it like this: RGN (Registered General Nurse). Then in the rest of your CV, you can just use the abbreviation, doing this just helps to explain yourself. Once you have written your CV, don’t forget to get one of your friends or family to proof-read your CV before submitting it!
There are some additional design tips that you should try to adhere to when you are writing your CV:
- Bold key pieces of information like employer names, dates and job title. This will help to make your CV easier to read as well as highlight key pieces of information.
- Sometimes, you may have to write large paragraphs, like in your personal statement, in which case you should try to leave plenty of space between paragraphs to help break up your CV.
- Your employment history should be in reserve chronological order, with your most recent job first and your first job last.
When you create or update your CV including a brief customised letter can be beneficial. This letter should highlight one or two relevant clinical skills or personal attributes that you have, and it should make the hiring manager want to read on.
North Division Recruitment Manager, Simrit Gill, has some advice on what she looks for in a good nursing CV:
“My advice to nurses who are looking to apply for our roles and want to create a strong Nursing CV, would be to include extensive details such as dates, names of employers and what your role entails; not just current employment but also previous ones, as it gives us a good indication of what field of Nursing most of your experience lies in. By not including this information, we would find it difficult to find a role that fits your criteria and subsequently, any future issues arising.
Essential information to include would be to explain any gaps in employment (for example, a career break), any clinical skills and any courses/training you have attended and completed; this is key as our clients may require specific skills in their practice so by including this, it will highlight your expertise and more specifically, what role you would be most suited to.
If you are applying for one of our Managerial roles, specifically a Hospital or Home Manager role, you may want to add the latest CQC Report and/or a portfolio from your previous services(s) in order to show a track record of your effective “Management” skills.”
This is a basic guide on how to write a good nursing CV, and we hope that it will help you create a good nursing CV. If you would like some additional help or would like to send your CV to one of our dedicated consultants, get in touch with us!