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How to customise our nursing CV example
This brief guide explains how to write a nursing CV with the help of our template and example content.
Our Nursing CV example works well for a variety of job positions. Here are our top tips on customising this CV template to get the best use out of it:
Write a summary
You’ll see a very short section under your name for writing a summary (or ‘personal statement’). This really should be ‘you in a few words’. Take care to avoid fluffy vague statements. If you do write ‘proven results’ or something similar, your prospective employer will want to see evidence of this later in the CV. You can add evidence into your work history section underneath the relevant job roles.
Edit or add in sections to suit you
Don’t feel like the sections we have given you are the only sections you can have. Although you must include certain sections – contact info, experience and qualifications for example (as your would-be employers will be looking for them) – you can add additional sections to meet your needs. For example, whilst the sample info has been tailored to an Adult nurse, a Marketing Manager might want to add a results section rather than include results information within individual role details. This can really help bring your best results to your prospective employer’s attention.
Keep the fundamentals
You can completely tailor the CV or Résumé to work for you, but do make sure you include the basics that employers want to see and make sure these are obvious so your employer doesn’t have to go hunting for them. If you make employers jump through hoops, they will simply move on to the next CV.
Never, ever speak badly of previous employers on your CV, in your covering letter or in an interview. Phrase any negatives as a positive. For example, if you want to leave your current role because your employer is making you work 60 hours a week, you could write “I am looking for another position where the hours are roughly 40 a week aside from any necessary overtime so that I can achieve a better work-life balance”.
If there are serious negatives within your current role – for example, your employer is breaking the law – it is better to focus on other positive aspects of a new role during the recruitment process, such as ‘a new challenge’ or ‘increased responsibility’.
Show desirable skills
Start by focusing on the skills mentioned in the job advert and give examples of how you have built/used those (this might be through work, studies or even hobbies).
If the job advert doesn’t offer much detail, review job descriptions for ideas of which skills are most desirable. For example: Prospects.ac.uk.
Drum up some work experience
If you don’t have much experience to put down on your CV template, why not do some voluntary work? Check out our guide to see how effective voluntary work can be for your career. You can learn new skills, interact with customers, and build upon your existing work experience. Voluntary work is especially important for recent school leavers who are staring at a blank CV.
Write a cover letter
Make sure you write a carefully tailored cover letter to go with your CV. This should pick out the requirements of the job from the job advertisement and demonstrate how you meet those requirements. Find out more on writing a winning cover letter here.
We hope you are successful in your job hunt using our nursing CV example – and we’d love to hear how you got on!
NB : This CV template was originally published on 7th October 2016 and has been completely updated for 2020.