Make a CV work harder

To take that step up the career ladder nurses must wow potential recruiters by being proactive and making their CVs and applications stand out from the crowd

To take that step up the career ladder nurses must wow potential recruiters by being proactive and making their CVs and applications stand out from the crowd.

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Many applications for nursing posts will be through website forms, but writing and updating CVs is a useful aid to a job search, according to experts in nursing recruitment.

Julie Watkins from the careers department of RCN member support services says that members find a CV useful in a variety of situations. Sometimes they are used in addition to an application form, if a nurse wants to be more proactive, to arrange shadowing or while networking, or to leave with a potential employer at an event like a jobs fair, she says.

Many members take up the RCN service to have CVs proofread by the careers department.The advice Ms Watkins gives to members includes tailoring the personal statement to

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To take that step up the career ladder nurses must wow potential recruiters by being proactive and making their CVs and applications stand out from the crowd.

Abstract

Many applications for nursing posts will be through website forms, but writing and updating CVs is a useful aid to a job search, according to experts in nursing recruitment.  

Julie Watkins from the careers department of RCN member support services says that members find a CV useful in a variety of situations. ‘Sometimes they are used in addition to an application form, if a nurse wants to be more proactive, to arrange shadowing or while networking, or to leave with a potential employer at an event like a jobs fair,’ she says.

Many members take up the RCN service to have CVs proofread by the careers department.The advice Ms Watkins gives to members includes tailoring the personal statement to each job and using active words such as initiated and launched for impact. The document should also follow a logical format, with experience arranged in date order.

Anna McGuinness, senior nurse for education, learning and development at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London, which employs around 3,500 nurses, says applicants need to emphasise experience they have, backed up with evidence and examples.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 23

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