23 Sep 2020 | Anne Marie Fogarty
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What should my CV look like?
We at ProMedical believe your CV is the first impression you give potential employers. It is essential to present the facts about you, your work history, and your personality in a clear, concise manner. The employer will look for the best person for the job, so provide them with a CV that illustrates you as the best choice.
What should you include in a winning CV?
- When creating a CV, market it to the specific role you are applying for.
- Use a professional tone and keep things simple.
- Don’t have the CV too long as the person reading it may nod off and lose interest. Instead, keep it on target, to the point and easy to navigate.
- It is essential to include your name, contact details, and GMC registration number, visas, nursing PIN numbers.
- Presentation is key – clarity, formatting, neatness, and consistency. Use the same font and spacing, so there is continuity.
- Include your education and highlight achievements.
- Core skills should be relevant to the role you are applying for. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself, but also don’t overdo it, be genuine.
- When listing your relevant work history, be sure to include each position with the periods of employment, employer’s name, level/grade, and duties. Ensure the format is in reverse chronological order.
- List all relevant qualifications, professional memberships, Include all published articles, research, and projects.
- Include hobbies, interest, and any activities relevant to the role you may have undertaken.
- Keep your CV updated regularly.
- Use words from the job description in your CV to reflect that you have the skills matching the specific role.
- Your CV should be two pages maximum, flow well, and engage the reader.
- There is no room for error with grammar, punctuation, or spelling mistakes. There might be hundreds applying for this job, so any errors on the CV is a sure way to be eliminated fast.
- Remember to add in your soft skills such as your love of helping people, keep it real – employers are human too, and everyone wants to work with a good team player, an effective communicator, and an all-round nice individual-let them see that’s you!
- Read the job specification a few times and make sure your CV includes relevant keywords.
- Give referees details such as names and contact details.
- Follow all the application guidelines and requirements.
- Always attach a strong cover letter that is friendly, professional and concise.
- Read over your CV and application several times to ensure correctness.
Make sure your CV sells the best possible representation of you and your skills, knowledge, experience, and strengths. Aim to stand out from the other applicants and show that you are the best suited for the role.
The best CVs are short and sweet, making it easy to scan through quickly. Relevance to the role is paramount, tell the employer exactly what matches you to the role.
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Oh and, good luck!