Preparing for your first job as a nurse can be daunting . Here at Three Q, we’ve been helping newly qualified nurses to get their first job for years, so we know just how nervous of a time it can be. Although it may seem scary, with team Three Q, you’re in safe hands, and you’re sure to get off to a great start. If you’ve just graduated from your nursing course and are about to start your first shift as a nurse, you should be feeling equal parts excitement and nervousness. The best way to combat your anxiety while your waiting to begin your first job is to prepare for success. Here at Three Q, we’ve put together our list of the most important things to remember as you begin your new job as a nurse in Dublin.
Here at Three Q, we know a thing or two about CVs, so we’ve put together our ultimate CV checklist. You may be interested in a job but does your CV have what it takes to get you through the application stage? Most recruiters won’t spend long looking at your CV, and research shows us that there is only a 16% chance of them reading your cover letter.
Employers receive hundreds of CVs for some positions. However, getting through to the interview stage is not quite as tough as you think. If you have your CV in order, you’re a step ahead- most CVs will be disregarded almost immediately if they’re not up to scratch. With just a small amount of time and commitment you can elevate your CV above the average. So with no further a-do, here is Three Q’s ultimate C.V. Checklist.
- A CV should never be longer than two A4 pages. The exception to this of course is if you are a senior executive with decades of experience. In this instance, you are allowed to stretch to three A4 pages. However, even though we want to keep our CV short and sweet, make sure there isn’t a lot of white space at the end of the second page- this makes it look as if you don’t have much to say about yourself.
- When you’re working with Word Documents, go to the Page Layout menu and make the Page Margins are 1cm all around. This makes your CV look neater and easier to read.
- Does it pass the ‘arm’s length’ test? This means it should be aesthetically pleasing and professional when you hold it at arm’s length in front of you.
- Keep paragraphs are condensed to a few lines each. 5-6 lines are usually enough, this will help to keep you focused while writing too.
- Instead of adding blocks of text, try using bullet points to list your attributes.
- Keep the most relevant information on page one of the CV so that the recruiter glancing over it will add it to the interview pile.
- Ensure all information about any particular topic is kept together and not spread out over the two pages- this just keeps the reader clear and focused.
Structure & Style
- Begin your CV with a Personal Profile then talk about Key Skills, Employment History, Education and Hobbies and Interests in that order. It may be a good idea to swap Employment and Education around if your academic career is more impressive than your employment history to date or if you’ve just recently graduated.
- It seems trivial, but there are certain fonts that look best on a CV. Arial and Times New Roman are generally considered best. Size 12 is recommended and size 14 and 16 is advisable for headings. Don’t use more than two fonts and stick to one if possible- your CV is supposed to be formal, not artistic.
- Always bold, underline or italicise important information that you wish to be highlighted.
- When listing information, use bullet points. This is especially useful under Key Skills.
- Use positive, proactive language throughout your CV. For example, “Created a database to analyse and interpret the subject matter” instead of “Used a database to track the collected data.”- make the most of all your experiences.
Spelling & Grammar
- It is recommended to not rely solely on Spell Check. If recruiters spot any mistakes in your CV it will be rejected. While Spell Check helps you find actual spelling mistakes, it doesn’t help find mistakes in context; i.e. ‘What is over their?” Some recruiters may see poor grammar as a sign of a sloppy worker which ruins your chances of being offered an interview. As well as reading through it yourself, ask someone else to cast their eyes over it. They will probably see things you’ve missed and might remember something about yourself that you forgot to include.
- Be careful when using capitalisation. A common mistake people make on CVs is to write ‘Bsc’ instead of BSc when adding their Bachelor of Science degree. Also, remember that the names of roads, streets, places and companies should have the first letter capitalised.
- Make sure that your name is at the top of the page in bold.
- Make sure that you have your postal address and your email address clearly on the page. Use an email that looks professional that doesn’t include slang.
- Add your mobile number. We recommend to only include your house telephone if you have added a proper answer machine message or else you have a housemate you can trust to take a message.
- Social media information should also be added; particularly your LinkedIn profile. Be sure to ‘clean up’ your Facebook and Twitter accounts if necessary, make sure that you haven’t got posts including offensive or unprofessional behaviour or language.
- This should be placed beneath your Personal Details. A Personal Profile is used to prove you are qualified for the role and that you are the best candidate for the job.
- Keep the profile short; 3-5 lines should be enough.
- Get to the point but also showcase your experience and special skills in what is essentially a marketing pitch to the employer- you need to sell your skills.
- Use this section to point out your main strengths.
- All skills included MUST be related to the job opening in some way.
- Stick to skills which are job-related and transferrable.
- Some employers tend to focus on candidates with soft skills such as Teamwork, Communication, Leadership, Friendliness and Problem Solving. Try to add a brief sentence demonstrating your skill after each one has been listed.
- If you have specialist knowledge in a field related to the job or if you speak a foreign language then include the details- extra skills could be the difference between you and the next candidate.
- List your past jobs chronologically with the latest role first- it is probably the most relevant to the one to the job that you are applying for now.
- Include job title, name of company and the dates you started and finished.
- While it is best if your dates include the months you began and ended the jobs, just include the years if there are gaps of a couple of months between roles.
- Given difficulty in the job market at the past few years, most employers understand that there may be small gaps between jobs.
- Include the key responsibilities you had in each role.
- Always look to be specific when adding in the achievements and outcomes of any job; quantify the results if you can. Instead of saying you helped the company make a profit; specify the level of profit: “Implemented cost cutting procedures that reduced the company’s stationery bill by 22% per annum.”- hard facts show that you can get the job done and know how to do it.
- Include the new skills you learned in each job.
- List your 3-4 most recent jobs only.
- List your qualifications/certificates/professional awards.
- Name the educational institution, full name of the course and the start & end dates of where you studied
- Add the grade/degree classification where applicable.
- Recent graduates should include the modules on their latest degree along with the name of their dissertation project- this will show your interest in the field where you can’t back it up with work experience.
Hobbies & Interests
- It is a good idea to include a wide range of interests as this suggests you are a well-rounded individual with the ability to relate to different people.
- Do NOT stick to one or two interests as recruiters often see this as a sign of someone unable to mix in different circles; this is a problem as most Irish workplace consists of diverse cultures.
- Make sure you include some active, group and social interests; it is important that you give the impression you’re able to get along with others. Too many ‘solo’ interests mark you out as an introvert, which isn’t overly helpful as an employer when you need a candidate to work as part of the team.
- Show that you have a serious interest in at least one hobby as this suggests you have determination, concentration and willpower.
- Try and include anything which shows the ability to lead others. If you want to climb the ladder, you need to be willing to take responsibility. An example of this is stating if you were were ever a team captain of a sports team, or a leader in a volunteering role.
- You don’t need to add references unless they are specified on the job opening. ‘References added upon request’ is usually sufficient. If you are asked for them , keep them on a seperate sheet.
- Always ask referees first to seek their permission- you don’t want to surprise them with a phone call from a stranger. Include their name, job title, address and phone number.
Always include a cover letter with your CV, this provides insight into your personality and enables you to add details that are not on your CV. Make sure that you personalise it to each job opportunity which will also show the employer that you are really interested in working for them. Ensure there are no gaps in your employment history. If there are significant gaps, you can address them in your cover letter. Try to be positive about the gap; perhaps you were studying a course, travelling or else you needed to take a break to focus on a career change. You don’t need to be too specific at this stage; that can wait for the interview. Assuming you are sending your CV by email to an online recruiter, make sure that all the hyperlinks work.
If you go through the above checklist carefully, you should have all the information you need to create a standout CV. Once you have it written up, take a look at our listings to check out all of the job posts that we update daily.
We are currently looking for a candidate to fulfil a Hospitality TEMP Consultant Role in Dublin. Here at Three Q we don’t just recruit for other companies, but we often need to find people for our own team too. If you’ve ever wanted to work with a company who values teamwork, and their employees we’ve the place for you.
Corporate Social Responsibility is something that we feel passionate about here at Three Q. You may often hear the term ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ and not know exactly what it means. There are many definitions of Corporate Social Responsibility and various terminologies are used, from ‘CSR’ to ‘Corporate Citizenship’, from ‘sustainability’ to ‘triple-bottom-line initiatives’.
Here at Three Q, we like go by the ideals of the European Commission who state ‘the responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on society”. This is something that we very much believe in. At Three Q we want to give back to the community and do our part to enhance the society that we live in. To fully meet this responsibility, in addition to respect for applicable legislation and collective agreements between social partners, the European Commission suggests that enterprises “should have in place a process to integrate social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns into their business operations and core strategy in close collaboration with their stakeholders, with the aim of maximising the creation of shared value for their owners/shareholders, other stakeholders and society at large, and identifying, preventing and mitigating their possible adverse impacts”.
We see Corporate Social Responsibility as a way for us to help those who could use our expertise in the recruitment industry. As part of our CSR policy, Three Q dedicate ourselves to truly help people to improve their professional opportunities through a number of free initiatives that we provide. We are passionate about people and believe that giving back to our local community is important.
Our CSR policy aims to help people under the Three Pillars that we have set out. These pillars are the Unemployed, Job Seekers and Organisations we work with. Under this policy we aim to promote employment, improve skills and support charities. We do this through promotion, fundraising and representation.
Three Q PERMS & TEMPS are passionate about people. Below we’ve listed some of the organisations and individuals that we’ve worked with as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility policy.
JobCare is an organisation committed to working with people caught in the trap of unemployment. Jobcare’s purpose is to help people gain the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to secure appropriate work. Three Q Perms & Temps have been in partnership since 2009 with JobCare. Our staff support candidates and unemployed people by giving time every month to perform mock interviews and follow ups.
Spare an Hour Campaign
Three Q Perms & Temps encourages staff involvements and allocates time spent on CSR activities within office hours. This is the office team handing over the cheque to Dublin Simon in December 2017 after our Spare an Hour fundraising campaign.
Three Q Perm and Temps supports Industry Events. For example, we attended the IHI Jobs which are specifically aimed at people on the live register and focused on the catering industry. Our management team and recruiters attend networking events such as NRF & JobCare.
In 2012, we successfully launched our Celebrate Nurses campaign in support of international nurses week, which has since turned into a nationwide campaign #celebratenurses. Read our eBook of appreciation from patients here : www.celebratenurses.ie.
Nurse Jobs Ireland
Our sister company www.nursejobsireland.com features a charity every month on their website as part of our CSR policy which our staff has input in. As a company we strongly believe in helping out others where we can.
Three Q Perms & Temps practice a number of green business activities, because of this we continue to Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. We try to reduce our paper usage and encourage both paper and mobile phone recycling. Environmental CSR initiatives play a key role for companies to impact climate change, water use footprint and energy use effectiveness. By playing our part in Environmental Corporate Social Responsibility we aim to improve environmental efficiency and set great habits for the years to come.
We also support our chosen charities through volunteering initiatives, corporate donations and fundraisers such as the Alzheimer’s Cafe(which we attend every month) and Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
At Three Q we believe in people helping people and want to be part of the change for a better tomorrow. If you are interested in working in a company with a Corporate Responsibility Policy like ours, take a look at our job listings. If you are an employer and are wishing to advertise your job in our listings, or if you have any questions or comments about our CSR Policy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +353 1878 3335 .
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.
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!
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