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Andrea Bloggs : Healthcare Assistant
123 High Street, Lincoln LN1 3DY : 01332 123456
firstname.lastname@example.org : linkedin @andreab24
I am a friendly, physically fit Care Assistant who genuinely loves working with people and making a positive difference to their lives. I absolutely love my job and the fact that every day I get to help the patients in my care to be independent and have the happiest day they can, despite the challenges they face. I am looking for another full time job closer to home as I’ve moved with my partner and now face a 1.5 hour commute! I have great references both from my current and past positions.
Healthcare Assistant : May 2017 – date
HAPPY CARE GRANGE, LINCOLNSHIRE
I work with predominately over 65s with dementia, in both nursing and residential settings. My role includes:
- Assisting the residents with varied physical, emotional and social needs;
- Providing physical and mental stimulation;
- Helping to keep and maintain accurate records; and
- Promoting residents’ dignity and ensuring they make their own choices where possible.
Healthcare Assistant : July 2014 – April 2017
SPIRE HOSPITAL, LINCOLNSHIRE
I worked on a ward that specialised in orthopaedic and sports injuries. My duties included:
- Assisting with admission, post-op care and discharging patients;
- Managing clinical observations, recording and reporting abnormalities or changes;
- Carrying out basic tests (urine, height, weight, body mass, ECG);
- Assisting with the preparation of food and light snacks;
- Keeping accurate and up-to-date patient records;
- Helping ensure all areas were clean, tidy and in good maintenance
Junior Healthcare Assistant : July 2012 – June 2014
ROYAL LIVERPOOL HOSPITAL
I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to work weekends within the Haemato-oncology Dayward whilst studying for my A levels. The role required that I provide a range of practical support to registered nurses and the multi-professional team. Duties included personal care tasks for patients, providing companionship and assisting with meal, snacks and drinks reparation. Good communications skills and clerical skills were essential.
NVQ Level 3 Health & Social Care : July 2016
NEW COLLEGE, LINCOLNSHIRE
This qualification provided knowledge and skills in developing effective communication; equality, diversity and rights; health, safety and security, safeguarding adults and promoting independence; values and planning; and complementary therapies.
A Levels : June 2014
NEW COLLEGE, LINCOLNSHIRE
A Level Health & Social Care (A), Maths (C) and English (C)
GCSEs : June 2012
NEW COLLEGE, LINCOLNSHIRE
9 GCSEs including English (C) and Maths (C).
- Able to assist residents with all types of personal care and mobilisation.
- Adept at both organising and assisting with creative sessions (music, art)
- Very capable of liaising with families and other support personnel
- Very good listening and communication skills
- Ability to work on my own initiative and prioritise my workload
- Good understanding of relevant policies and procedures, and ability to follow them
- Good record keeping and writing skills
- Competent user of Microsoft software and of Ablyss Care Home CMS
I enjoy playing the piano (Grade 6) and play to the residents as often as I get chance (I’ve built up a good repertoire of forties and fifties songs which always go down a treat). I like hiking and walking, and I’m a keen gardener which is always handy for conversation in the home’s grounds! I also love painting and sometimes help put on the creative sessions.
My current and past employers are happy to provide a reference.
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7 ways to correctly format your health care assistant CV
If you’re struggling to get an interview it could be down to your CV format. When happy that you have all the right skills, experience and qualifications, then the next place to look for a problem is how you are presenting your credentials.
We have a list of the most common CV formatting mistakes so you can ensure you get it right the first time. Here are 7 ways to correctly format your health care assistant CV:
Use adequate page margins
There isn’t an industry standard margin size that we could recommend as there are lots of different factors to consider. However, we can all safely say that if you use a large margin size then you are going to be leaving too big of a gap between your content and the end of the paper.
Alternatively, you shouldn’t use too small of a margin as it will look very strange if your content is right up close to the edge. So choose something sensible and allow yourself just the right amount of space to fill out your CV. To help you decide, a minimum of anything from around 1.27cm will typically be a sensible distance from the edge of the page.
Use correct spacing
Each section should be spaced appropriately so the employer can quickly navigate to anything they like. Too small of a space would bunch your information up and look unprofessional, whilst too many spaces takes up room and again looks weird.
Depending on the font style and size you should be okay with one or two spaces between each section. However, to make sure it looks good you should preview your CV and take a step back. Does it look right? Can you quickly move from one section to the next without having to think?
Use minimal contact details
Far too many CV writers are taking up valuable space at the top of the page by giving out too much personal information. You don’t have to give out three different mobile numbers along with two email addresses, or even your home address.
The only information you need to provide is your name, one email address and one contact number. As long as you are happy that the contact information will feed quickly and directly to you, then nothing else matters. The employer is happy that they know who you are and how to contact you. It doesn’t matter at this stage where you live, how tall you are, and what religious beliefs you hold. Not only that, but it takes up valuable space and pushes your personal statement further down the page – which looks a little odd.
Use bullet points
Bullet points are always the preferred method when listing key pieces of information – like tasks and responsibilities, skills, qualifications and so on. If you don’t make good use of bullet points it will read like a novel.
The employer wants to skim read your CV and not spend any longer than a few seconds or minutes. With so many other applications to read you need to create a CV format that allows the reader to quickly delve in and out and extract exactly what they want. Bullet points are easy to read and ensure you keep the information relevant and to the point.
Correct page transitions
The transition from one section or paragraph to the next must not be split between your pages. If this does happen it means you need to tweak your font size or figure out how you can end a section correctly.
A good example of this is when the CV begins to explain a role and continues that information over the page. The job seeker could have instead decided to move those details over to the next page, rather than split it into two. It can look untidy and could catch the eye of the hiring manager, for all the wrong reasons. They would prefer to see everything formatted correctly and kept to individual pages. If you have to split across pages, try using a continuation header, e.g. “Work history (continued)”.
Use the correct file format
The most common application to use when writing a CV is Microsoft Word. Choosing another program could result in difficulty when it lands in the hiring manager’s inbox. They want to simply double click your file and get reading, so any prevention to this simple task could lead to rejection.
Make sure you read any requests on the job advert in relation to file format. If you don’t adhere to a specific request you are already showing your lack of attention to detail. You should never do anything that could lead to frustrating the employer.
Use an appropriate file name
A simple but effective way to name your CV file is this – John_Smith_CV.doc
You don’t need to name your file anything else, and it helps the hiring manager if they are saving CV files onto their desktop in a folder. Remove words like ‘draft’, ‘V2’, ‘My CV’, or anything else that doesn’t come across as professional.
If the job advert is sparse on detail, check out these health care assistant job profiles to see the sort of experience, skills and qualifications a typical employer will value. Don’t forget that every CV should be tailored to the exact role you’re applying for!
- Healthcare Assistant (National Careers Service)
- Healthcare Assistant (NHS Careers)
New to the profession? Watch this video to see what kind of work a health care assistant does:
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