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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.

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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!