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Here's how to make your CV work harder

Sell your self more effectively on paper through by following this simple guide

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.

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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

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