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This template is a departure from our typical standard layouts, including a splash of colour with a purple border and yellow borders. This slightly less formal design would work for a play worker, nursery nurse, childcare position or similar role where an element of ‘fun’ is conveyed.
How to write a nursery nurse CV:
Tailor your CV template and credentials
It’s important to customise the CV template every time you apply for a role. You might be going for the same position at a number of different companies, but remember that each one will have their own requirements. Read the job specification and tailor both your CV and cover letter to what each employer is looking for.
Write a personal statement
Write a punchy summary/objective statement. This goes at the top of your CV and very concisely tells the employer who you are, what you’re looking for and how you meet the job specification. In other words, it tells them in about 3 lines why they should hire you. Prospective employers spend just a few seconds looking over each CV, so this is your best opportunity to grab their attention!
If you already have your Level 3 qualification, mention that here – this is important to many employers. Alternatively if you’re part way through attaining L3, mention how far you’ve got.
It goes without saying that you’ll need a full enhanced DBS check to work with children so you don’t necessarily need to mention this if you’re already working in a childcare role. However, if the job advert lists it as a requirement, do include it on your CV.
Include hobbies that add value
Don’t ignore the hobbies section – this is where your personality shines through. Mention any hobbies you have that are desirable from an employer’s perspective, such as fitness and sports. These type of hobbies show you take an interest in your health and suggest you’ll be less likely to phone in sick.
Leave off any hobbies that might worry an employer (such as drinking and socialising). It’s also a good idea to leave off anything particularly quirky (you can share these hobbies with your coworkers down the line, when you’ve got the job!). Your would-be employer wants to know that you’ll fit in with their current team – don’t give them any doubts!
Emphasise key skills
It’s best to demonstrate skills through your work history and/or education, but this isn’t always easy to do. You may therefore decide to include an extra skills section, emphasising that you have skills which are particularly valuable to the role. If the job advert doesn’t provide much detail, try reviewing some role descriptions to get a better idea of what the employer wants to see:
Make sure this is the right CV template for you
Consider carefully whether this template is suitable for the role you’re applying for. It’s a fun, lighthearted template and it might not be to every organisation’s taste. Look carefully at the job description and consider using a more professional template if you are in any doubt. Click here to view our full range of UK CV templates.
Originally published 11th February 2016.