This article will show you how to write a great CV that’s ready for 2022 and beyond. We will also link Nurse CV samples at the end to help you create your own.
What to include in your Nurse CV
There are so many things you could decide to talk about, highlight and showcase within your CV. Let’s look at some them that you must include in your CV:
Include your full name, home address, mobile number and email address. Your date of birth is irrelevant. You could also mention the locations you are looking to work in and willing to relocate to. This gives the recruiter a fair idea about what location you’re looking for.
After the details, is the Profile where you pick out a few relevant achievements and skills, while expressing your career aims. CV profile is a to the point statement that highlights your key attributes and helps you stand out from the crowd.
A good CV profile focuses on the sector you’re applying to, as your cover letter will be job specific. Keep CV personal statements short and snappy – 100 words is the perfect length.
Examples of Profile:
Midwife with 22 years’ experience.
I have skills in all areas of midwifery from working in Early Pregnancy, Delivery suite, SECAM, and community.
I work well in a pressurized environment and feel I can assess and manage situations in a calm manner.
I am an excellent listener and feel I can communicate in a reassuring, empathetic, appropriate manner.
Education – practical training and registrations
For Education make sure to list and date all previous education using bullet points, including professional qualification. Do put your most recent education/qualification forest and then below in order add the rest, for example:
Are you registered with any healthcare organizations? The healthcare organization you need to register for a nurse is NMC which stands for Nursing and Midwifery Council and for a Doctor is GMC which stands for General Medical Council. If you haven’t registered then click on to the one you wanna enter for NMC and GMC.
Don’t forget it’s important to register NOW and mention this on your CV!
Work experience/ Employment history
List your work experience in reverse date order, making sure that anything you mention is relevant to the job you’re applying for.
Include your job title, the name of the Hospital/Trust, how long you were with the organization and key responsibilities. If you have plenty of relevant work experience, this section should come before education
This is the Band 2 Healthcare Assistant we currently have in Chester.
Skills and achievements:
You need to have a section for skills and achievements where you can show them the different types of skills you have learnt such as Excellent communication, technology skills, Works well individually and as part of a team, and many more that you have learnt.
Also for achievements it could be such as:
- Supervised multiple groups of nurses both in the ER and Oncology between the years 2017 and 2020
- Established good relationships with patients and families.
Don’t exaggerate your abilities, as you’ll need to back your claims at the interview. If you’ve got lots of job specific skills you should do a skills based CV.
Socializing, going to the cinema and reading aren’t going to catch a recruiter\’s attention. However, relevant interests can provide a more complete picture of who you are, as well as giving you something to talk about at an interview.
For example, your interests can be being a part time blog or social media influencer like @wholelifenurse. You can have hobbies like yoga, music, photography or you may be a volunteer who loves to help the community.
As a nurse it is a must to have at least 3 references in your CV that includes their names, email and hospital address right at the bottom of your resume. It’s best to have as many references on your CV as possible so that the employee can see you have worked for these people and they can take a look into their company.
CV for Nurses applying from Overseas
Writing a CV is the first stage to think about when looking to secure a job in the NHS or looking for your first job or moving abroad as a qualified Nurse, Doctor or Healthcare Assistant. We have a really useful blog on how you should structure your CV, you can read this here.
Make sure you:
- Address any career gaps you have. Remain honest and detail the exact dates of your career gap, make sure you state what you did during this time and how you made an effort to keep up to date with medical practice; examples of how you may have done this could be by reading journal articles or attending conferences.
- If you are planning to work abroad, it is sensible to include in your initial statement the reasons why you wish to work in that country and demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to staying there for the duration of the job.
- Include as much detail as possible regarding your current and previous employment. You need to demonstrate the similarities between your work experience overseas and the post you have applied for so that your new employer can make an informed decision.
- Detail your qualifications and experience in reverse chronological order. Your most senior qualifications and most relevant to your new employer so these should be at the beginning and easiest to find.
- Be clear on the intricacies of your registration status. For example, writing out ‘GMC Registered’ only tells one part of the story. Whilst this is important, you should make it clear that you are registered with a license to practice as well as noting the reference number. Ideally, you will also include your postgraduate qualification and English Language (OET or IELTS) exam result.
- Only include relevant information. Whilst it is customary to add a photograph to the top of your CV in some countries, it is not the usual practice in the UK and should be avoided. You want your employer to base their decision on your professional merit!
- Keep your front size and style consistent and professional, you don’t need to use varying colors or pictures, keep it professional.
This is the Registered General Nurse we currently have in Brighton.
Key Points to write a great CV
Use active verbs when possible:
For example, include words like ‘created’, ‘analyzed’ and ‘devised’ to present yourself as a person who shows initiative.
A good CV doesn’t have any spelling or grammar mistakes:
Use a spell checker and enlist a second pair of eyes to check over the document.
Create the right type of CV for your circumstances:
Decide whether the chronological, skills-based or academic CV is right for you.
Don’t lie or exaggerate on your CV or job application:
Not only will you demonstrate your dishonesty to a potential employer, but there can be serious consequences too.
If posting your CV online don’t include your home address:
As you could be targeted by fraudsters.
Always include a cover letter unless the employer states otherwise:
It will enable you to personalize your application. You can draw attention to a particular part of your CV, Disclose a disability or clarify gaps in your work history.
A little reminder to make sure you don’t have a picture of yourself and to keep all the information in one page for your CV.
Get your CV right from the outset, and you may well find a job more quickly.
Your CV is your chance to make a great first impression and secure yourself an interview, so follow this 2022 guide and then upload your CV to apply for your next job.
If you want a template of a CV you can search one on word document or on Canva. Below is an example of how a Nurse CV Template should look like:
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