Nursing CV – Tips for writing a great Nursing CV.

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Nursing CV – Tips for writing a great Nursing CV.

Your Nursing CV is a way for you to showcase yourself as a person and also what skills make you suitable for the position to which you are applying. Here are a few nursing CV tips for when you’re sitting down to update your CV:

 

1. Keep It Concise

Your CV is a short document describing your education, work history, etc., that you give an employer when you are applying for a job, or; a list of achievements. Your nursing CV should be concise and to-the-point. Let your nursing experience speak for itself.

2. Keep The Format Clean And Direct

Your CV style should reflect what the nursing profession has to offer: cleanliness, efficiency, and directive. Stay true to the practicality of the nursing vocation by using design elements that can be easily uploaded to various computers without losing the integrity of the document.

3. Don’t Avoid Using Nursing Terms

Nurse jargon isn’t going to lose you any points here, as your employer is also a member of the healthcare industry. Examples of nursing jargon: Administered, Coordinated, Examined, Monitored, Oversaw, Performed, Reported.

4. Use Your Desired Job Title On Your CV

If the nursing job you’re applying for has a specific title for the position, use this job title in your CV – use the title more than once if you can make room.

5. Avoid Certain Words

Words not to use in your CV: There are a dozen ways to articulate how self-motivated an individual you are, using the term “self-motivated” should not be one of them. Hard worker, quick learner, results-driven, self-motivated, think outside the box.

6. Back Up Your Statements

If you make a quantifiable statement about sales or patients or any aspect of your work as a nurse, back it up with real numbers.

7. Keep Your Experience Relevant

Your employment history should not mention the minimum-wage job you worked while in school – unless this job directly relates to the nursing job that you are currently applying for. Stay present and stay relevant.

8. Punctuation Matters

Punctuation matters for nurses. Your nursing CV is no different. Take the time to check it for typos, punctuation errors, formatting mistakes or grammatical errors.

9. Don’t Be Afraid To Show Off

Don’t skimp on your honours, awards, recognitions or special assignments. If you’ve had great successes as a nurse, mention them in your CV. Simply having your nursing license isn’t impressive enough in a pool of nursing applicants. Set yourself apart by showcasing your distinctions from your peers.

10. Be Specific

When discussing experience, get specific. Tell your potential employers about the type of facilities you have worked for as well as bed numbers, analytics software experience, unit type, and caseload (patient to nurse ratio).

11. Don’t Leave Out Important Data

Certifications, licenses, degrees, and diplomas should be listed and include their expiration dates, identification numbers, state of origin, and certifying bodies. These are official documents that carry a great amount of weight towards the types of positions that are available to you, don’t leave out important data.

If you are looking for a career move, have a look at Our Latest Nursing Vacancies.

5 Tips To Make Your Job Hunt A Little Easier

 

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Here’s 5 tips to help you on your job hunt!

Looking for a new job can sometimes become so time consuming that it’s a job all on its own! But, if you plan your search correctly, you could be on your way to a great new career sooner than you think.

 

Look for hidden vacancies

Sometimes, companies don’t advertise their vacancies at all. They hire through word of mouth or head hunting. Identify companies that you would like to work for and apply to them directly. If they are not currently hiring for your role, then you may be kept in mind for when they are.

 

Get employers to come to you

Headhunting is not that uncommon anymore. With Linkedin and other online CV database websites, it’s easier than ever to put your profile in front of employers everywhere. Make sure you have your profiles up to date and relevant to the jobs you want to hear about. For more information on how to use Linkedin to find a job Click Here! 

 

Target the right companies

Do you want to be a big fish in a small pond or would you rather have the safety of a large organisation with job security and a clear career path? Knowing what you want allows you to narrow down your search and spend more time on applying for the jobs you really want.

 

Build a network

Networking is getting to know people who can help you develop your career prospects. Connect with college alumni on Linkedin, reach out to professionals who have a career path similar to the one you desire. Ask for advice or share some common interest. Go to job fairs and events and meet people in your industry. Start the conversation and get your name out there.

 

Reach out to a recruiter

As I said, sometimes job hunting can become a full-time job. So, why not reach out to someone who recruits for their full-time job? Once you identify what it is that you’re looking for and what your requirements are, recruiters will do the rest for you. Don’t let yourself get stressed out about job searching. Leave it to the professionals who are always happy to help!

 

If you are tired of searching and would like one of our recruiters to contact you then register your interest here.

 

Take a load off, you work hard enough!

How To Fall In Love With Your Job Again.

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How To Fall In Love With Your Job Again.

Remember when you started working at your current job?
Like in any new relationship, the beginning is always exciting. Every little interaction left you thinking about the next one. Even early Monday mornings were exciting, you just wanted to get stuck in.

Unfortunately, for a lot of people, with time comes comfort and suddenly it’s a lot harder to drag yourself out of bed in the mornings.
You’re left thinking “ugh! Do I really have to go in?” You come up with a few excuses to stay home and none of them are sufficient.. So, you trail into work and hate it a little more every hour for the rest of the day.

Nobody should be unhappy in work, and in some cases, it’s just the fact that you’ve forgotten why you started.

So, it’s time to fall in love with your job again! Here’s how:

1. Take a break

Take some time to consider your options. Ask yourself questions like “What makes me unhappy?”, “What would make me happy?”, “Is it my job or my workplace?”
Use some of your holiday allowance or choose one weekend that you have no plans and just make a list of things you need to consider.

2. Be honest

Everything you vent to your friends over coffee you can put onto paper. Think them through and then talk to your manager about what you want.
Ask for more, or less responsibility, a new project. Whatever it is that you think will re-ignite that spark. Remember, your boss probably doesn’t know that you’re unhappy, so tell them.

3. Switch it up

Consider your surroundings. Your desk, your work space. Of course, this is important because it’s where you spend most of your time! Re decorate if you can or declutter and rearrange your surroundings. Add some plants to brighten the office a little, re paint if you have the option. Little things like this can really make all the difference to your mood.

4. Remember why you started

Reflect on what you want to get out of working at your job. Why did you pick that job to begin with? What was your plan and where are you with it?
Sometimes we get lost in ourselves. We forget that every action we take is part of a bigger picture. What’s your end goal?
Regroup with your thoughts, start your next phase in your plan and let today be the start again.

 

If you’ve followed these few tips and decided that a new career path or job is for you then contact us today and let’s begin that next step together!

Reasons Why Nurses Should Blog

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Blogging on the industry they love in a positive and thoughtful way, Nurses can become subject matter experts; where there are many ways a nurse can utilise social media to a healthcare advantage, such as promoting the profession through educating the public, or to promote their outside, health-related endeavours and interests.

Having an individual blog and social media presence shows their dedication to the field, helps them stay on top of trends in the industry and looks great to employers.
On the other hand, increasing visibility through an online presence can help nurses get ahead in their career, which in some cases, could lead to a higher position and/or a raise.

Nursing is a very inspiring profession, so will be your blog, if you decide to speak your mind out. You save lives and you work hard everyday, and you never know who might be reading your blog one day. You might inspire an existing Nurse who needs a little motivation to continue with her day, because sometimes just knowing that someone else feels the way you do or has experienced the same thing can make you feel better. You might drive someone to want to become a Nurse with the genuine and sincere words that you write.

You could be sharing tips on how to cope with workplace stress, or help answering questions about advanced nursing degree programs… You will always be heard!

We would love to hear from you, it could be anything you want to talk about; an experience, a tip, a funny story, a thought, or an idea… Email us your words on our “sister brand” hello@nursejobsireland.com and will share it with all Nurses out there.

How To Have A Great Day

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In an instant, life can change.
An event, an insight, a word, can change our perception. This works both ways; for us, and against us.
We can be plummeted into misery, or we can be uplifted, exalted, inspired.We need to be aware of one thing, and that is that we influence which way we go.
What we intend, what we constantly think about, and how we think about it, tends to become.

Mindful Awareness

This is seeing how we think. The greatest achievements started somewhere as an idea in someone’s mind. So did the greatest man-made calamaties.

By being mindful of our thoughts, watching them, we can begin to direct them to what we wish to become, to achieve, to have.

Constant attention to a particular idea, or aspiration, or skill or craft, allows us insights and revelations that are not available to  the inattentive mind. That may seem obvious, but it’s an obvious that often hides in obscurity.

Proactive Thinking

Most of our thinking is reactionary. By deciding to think proactively about some thing that we wish to accomplish, we alter our thinking, our perceptions, and how we feel and behave towards that goal.
Active, purposeful thinking redirects our attention.

Our attention, applied to what we intend, drives our feelings, and thus, our behaviour.
So, how we act, what we decide, where we go, what we do, brings us to where we arrive.

This is how a Statement of Intent can influence our lives. It’s a declaration. When we articulate an idea into a statement, we crystallise it in our minds and direct our attention. With attention, our minds become clearer, more familiar with it. It starts to become an aim for us to pursue.

Life has meaning. It influences how we think, what we do, how we use ourselves in life. That creates direction.

And that’s what is generally known as a sense of purpose.
It goes for any pursuit, any circumstance, any life.

Have a Great Day and Do Well..

 

 

 

Written by David Hegarty of Dynamic Health.

Contact David on 087-2321128 to find out how you can get great results in your life or Email : david@dynamichealth.ie

 

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3 Tips To Help You Be Productive In 2018

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In today’s hectic and distracted world it can be hard to stay in control of your day and be productive. The constant stream of messages, alerts and requests often cause us to work re-actively. It can be frustrating. Most people make good plans and set clear goals but those plans can get side-lined as new requests and alerts arrive. Below we list 3 tips to be productive in 2018.

It can be useful to remind ourselves what we can actually control. We can proactively manage:

  • What we work on
  • How quickly we respond
  • What we prioritise
  • How often we check E-mail
  • Our energy levels and focus
  • Our mobile phone notifications

So if you decide to be more proactive and take control, here are 3 tips to be productive that will help you do it.

3 TIPS TO BE PRODUCTIVE

TIP 1 – KNOW YOUR PRIORITIES

To maximise your use of time, it is important to know your priorities. Be clear about what is important for your company, your role, your clients and your targets. What are you trying to achieve; what are your long-term goals? Do some thinking and planning. Then set weekly goals and identify the tasks that will achieve these goals. Now you have your day-to-day priorities. Focus on achieving these tasks and protect your time by minimising your distractions.

Remember, if you don’t set your own priorities, someone else probably will.

 TIP 2 – UNDERSTAND HOW YOU WORK

The first step in CONTROLLING how you work is KNOWING how you work. Do you know what you end up working on each day? Do you know why? Are you clear about how you are prioritising your work?

You can gather this information by simply reflecting at the end of each day. Ask yourself:

  1. Did I stick to my plan?
  2. Did I end up working on unplanned things?
  3. Was the unplanned work more important?
  4. Did I make the correct decisions?
  5. What and/or who distracted me?

Consider what time of day you are most productive and when you concentrate best. Then plan the important work for these times.

TIP 3 – CONTROL YOUR DISTRACTIONS

Take steps to minimise your distractions now that you are aware of them. It may be phone calls, social media notifications, unimportant message alerts or other people’s requests.

We often let ourselves be distracted if it’s a welcome change from a tough (priority) task we are working on. And a change of task can refresh and help you regain focus. The challenge is to control the time you spend on the unplanned task by using a timer to remind you to tune back into your original plan.

To help minimise digital distractions you can do the following:

  • Analyse all the notifications you receive on your phone, tablet of PC.
  • Are you giving them all the same priority?
  • Are you letting a low priority Twitter interaction distract you as much as the alert for an important business Email?
  • Turn off notifications from low priority apps or Email accounts
  • Check Email at a set frequency, as often as you need to stay in touch for your role or business.

BE PRODUCTIVE IN 2018

These changes may require a different way of working. It may not be possible to stick to it every day. But on a day that you have an important piece of work to complete and you need some deep-thinking time, take control and protect your precious time.

Try something new in the New Year and you have every chance of making 2018 your most productive year ever.

This article was written by our guest blogger Moira Dunne from beproductive.ie. Stay productive by staying in touch with beproductive.ie  on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram  @beproductive_ie  and checking their website for regular articles and tips.

Happy New Year.

Reasons Your Company Needs Temp Staff During Christmas

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Why hire temp staff during busy periods like Christmas? Well, we are all aware that hotels and hospitals alike don’t get to close their doors over the holiday season, in fact it’s one of their busiest periods. There is a higher demand for staff and in turn the need for temp staff increases. Permanent employees may want to take holidays at Christmas time. Staff are more prone to getting sick due to the colder weather. These circumstances mean they can’t work as much over the Christmas season. This can leave a company short-staffed. They end up over-working the smaller number of employees they have left. This is when temp staff become an option and are of great benefit. Experienced temp staff are essential. Rather than just filling a temp position as quick as you can, take time to research the agency you’re hiring temps from. If they are experienced and have a good work ethic, you and your team will appreciate them much more.

Time For Temps

Many different scenarios result in a company being understaffed, especially last minute. A chef-de-partie calls in sick on the morning of a banqueting event… Call for a temp chef. A catering assistant in a hospital has to leave for 2 weeks to see their family as they aren’t from Ireland… Call for a temp catering assistant. A cleaner who doesn’t live close to work can’t come in due to bad weather conditions… call for a temp cleaner. Temps provide you with last minute cover to prevent any disruption to the working day.

Temp Staff Vs Permanent Staff

While the divide between permanent and temp staff can be difficult, hiring short-term employees can also help the overall workplace mood.  If permanent employees are forced to work long hours; double shifts, weekends and nights, morale can quickly decrease. Employees can become stressed, frustrated and even burn-out. That’s why offering extra help during Christmas ensures your core team stays happy and remains productive. Smaller companies have to be able to adapt their team during busy periods, but hiring permanent staff can be time-consuming and expensive. Temp staff can provide a quick fix for unexpected events, long-term leaves, and special projects.

Three Q Temps

That’s why team Three Q pride ourselves on having skilled employees with stellar experience who excel in all tasks that are assigned to them. Clients can expect the most professional, versatile and hardworking staff who adapt to a mind-set as if they are part of your own team. Our temps staff team are very experienced in their respective fields and many of them have been with us for over 5 years. Find out more about Hiring Temps.

How NOT to embarrass yourself at the office Christmas party!

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Tips For The Office Christmas Party

Even though the music is playing, food and alcohol is being served, and people are laughing and people are generally in high spirits– the office Christmas party is however still a business function. Keeping this in mind before your every action can only lead to successful behaviour.

  • Eat and drink in moderation.
  • Don’t talk about work! Parties are meant to be fun.
  • Christmas parties give you the platform to get to know people you wouldn’t normally interact with at work; it’s a good opportunity to meet new people, network, and get to know colleagues who work in different departments, so don’t be cliquey, and speak to everyone.
  • If spouses of employees are invited, make sure they are recognized and treated no differently. Include them in conversations.
  • Upon arrival, don’t head straight to the bar or food table. You are at the party to socialize with your co-workers, boss, and to make new connections.
  • Get everything you need ready for the next day at work before you go out, to make getting up in the morning as pain-free as possible.
  • Office parties are usually mandatory. Thus, you cannot avoid them. That doesn’t mean you have to be there from beginning to end, unless it is held during the workday. Arrive on time, mingle, speak to the boss, eat a few hor d’ouevres, thank the host, and make a graceful exit.

How to Choose the right Job Path

How to choose the correct job path is a big question for those stuck in jobs they hate, or those are just looking to find some meaning in what they do.  It can be daunting.  Research suggests that human beings are remarkably bad at predicting how they will feel when doing something in the future. It’s not hard to find someone who started out thinking that they would love their chosen profession, only to wind up hating it. In fairness, how are you supposed to know if you will be happy as an investment banker, or an artist, or a professor, if you haven’t actually done any of these things yet? Who has ever, in the history of mankind, taken a job and had it turn out exactly as they imagined it would? So if passion and expected happiness can’t be your guides, what can be?

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Well, you can begin by choosing a career that fits well with your skills and values. Since you actually have some sense of what those are (hopefully), this is a good starting place. But a bit less obviously — though just as important — you also want to choose an occupation that provides a good motivational fit for you as well.  Knowing your dominant focus, you can now evaluate how well-suited you are motivationally to different kinds of careers, or different positions in your organisation.

Some questions to consider to help you figure out the correct job path are;

If I could choose someone to trade places with, it would be…..

My co-workers always say I’m great at……… because I’m……..

If my manager would let me, I’d do more of…………….

More than a decade of research shows that when people experience a fit between their own motivation and the way they work, they are not only more effective, but they also find their work more interesting and engaging, and value it more.

Why not check out our current roles here:

The Importance of Training Plans for Employee Morale

  1. Stress training as investment. The reason training is often considered optional at many companies is because it is thought of as an expense rather than an investment. While it’s true that training can be costly up front, it’s a long-term investment in the growth and development of your human resources.
  2. Determine your needs. As you probably don’t have unlimited time or funds to execute an employee training program, you should decide early on what the focus of your training program should be.
  3. Promote a culture of learning. In today’s fast-paced economy, if a business isn’t learning, it’s going to fall behind. A business learns as its people learn. Communicate your expectations that all employees should take the necessary steps to hone their skills and stay on top of their professions or fields of work. Make sure you support those efforts by providing the resources needed to accomplish this goal.
  4. Get management on board. Once you have developed a prioritized list of training topics that address key needs within your company, you need to convince management to rally behind the initiative.
  5. Start out small. Before rolling out your training program to the masses, rehearse with a small group of users and gather their feedback. This sort of informal benchmarking exposes weaknesses in your training plans and helps you fine-tune the training process.
  6. Clarify connections. Some employees may feel that the training they’re receiving isn’t relevant to their job. It’s important to help them understand the connection early on, so they don’t view the training sessions as a waste of valuable time. Employees should see the training as an important addition to their professional portfolios. Award people with completion certificates at the end of the program.
  7. Make it ongoing. Don’t limit training solely to new employees. Organized, ongoing training programs will maintain all employees’ skill levels, and continually motivate them to grow and improve professionally.
  8. Measure results. Without measurable results, it’s almost impossible to view training as anything but an expense. Decide how you’re going to obtain an acceptable rate of return on your investment. Determine what kind of growth or other measure is a reasonable result of the training you provide. You’ll have an easier time budgeting funds for future training if you can demonstrate concrete results.

Source: www.allbusiness.com/ten-employee-training-tips-1465-1.html