The Complete Guide To Creating The Perfect Nursing CV

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Our 6 essential CV tips will get you above the competition

Surprisingly, our survey revealed, recruiters are unanimous in describing levels of competition as high, receiving a mountain of CVs for every job.

Most of them spend less than a minute looking at each applicant – so don't be fooled that shortages allow for complacency.

“Only 20% of recruiters consistently give all CVs a chance and read them in full before making a decision”
“30% of hiring managers discard CVs after the first few seconds”.
Our interactive CV builder

Our interactive CV builder

‘My CV’ is our interactive CV builder.

It’s free for everyone who has Joined Nurses.co.uk.

Join Nurses.co.uk and create your CV in seconds using our interactive CV builder now!

My CV will create a clear and professional CV document in digital and hard format (you can print it out).

Because we’ve put all of our experience of CV reviewing and research through surveying hiring professionals into it, the design fully meets the expectations and needs of recruitment leads, care home owners and other specialist hiring professionals.

My CV is a tool that will help you produce a perfectly formatted CV without you needing to think or worry about layout.

Catch the eye of prospective employers with a professional CV.

Update it anywhere, anytime and keep it updated throughout your career.

Why you should use our CV builder

  • My CV will create a clear and professional CV document
  • Update it anywhere, anytime using any device
  • My CV will produce a perfectly formatted CV without you needing to think about layout
  • My CV allows you to store a digital AND hard format
  • Download it, print it out, use elsewhere for any application
  • Easily keep My CV updated throughout your Nursing and care career

Because we’ve put all of our experience of CV reviewing and research through surveying hiring professionals into it, the design fully meets the expectations and needs of recruitment leads, care home owners and other specialist hiring professionals.

Keep painting your portrait and keep it updated!

Once you have got My CV to “100%” you can go further… yes… 200%.

You simply keep adding more information.

We recommend entering as much of your career profile as you can in My CV. It will paint the full picture of you.

Plus, keep it updated throughout your career.

A CV should always keep evolving, just as you do.

My CV is designed to make it easy for you to do that.

It’s always here on Nurses.co.uk, stored for you.

Updating it regularly will ensure you don't forget to mention that vital hard or soft skill in your current job that may win you a fantastic career move in the future!

Further information and reading about CVs

Yes, by using our My CV - our CV builder - it will make the task of creating your CV a lot easier!

OK. But we don’t tell you what to write. So here’s some help with that.

Think about who will read your CV

In truth, there's actually nothing complicated about CV writing.

These are the important elements:

  • Contact details
  • NMC registration and PIN
  • Core skills
  • Employment history
  • Education
  • Good English
  • Keep it updated
Distill your Nursing experience into a few key terms for My CV

Core Skills

Distill your Nursing experience into a few key terms for My CV

Written well, your Core Skills, will sell your CV within seconds of the hiring professional opening your CV.

In your Core Skills section, there's no room for waffle. Dive straight in to specific words that detail your hard skills.

Recruitment is all about search. So use words that you want someone to find you with.

Think about the words that best describe what you do, who you are and what experience you have. It’s likely they will be esoteric; words that might only mean something to someone who does your job.

That’s fine. It pin-points you to a would-be-hirer.

e.g. "Band 8. Nurse Manager. NHS and private sector. 14 years post qualification practice as an acute surgical Nurse in colorectal surgery, stoma care and tissue viability. Current management experience.”

Work Experience

Add all your jobs and go into detail for My CV

Using My CV you can add a separate entry for each job you've held through your career.

We would recommend you do this - add every job you have held to paint the full picture of you. For each job you should feel free to go into detail.

The hiring manager or recruiter wants to hear about your hard and soft skills, management experience, responsibilities and day-to-day duties. We allow up to 1000 characters for each job. So there's room to expand, explain and colour in the picture of yourself.

Again, use the words that you use at work to describe the activities you do.

For example, again using an RMN as a guide, it might be something like this:

“Currently employed as a Band 6 Registered Mental Nurse by the NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey. My duties are working with patients in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). I've got 6 years experience of PICU, and my responsibilities include administering medication, restraint, checks and liaising with the rest of the health team including the consultant and psychiatric therapist. I manage the ward including the rota and staff numbers.”

What are Hard and Soft Skills?

Hard Skills are learned crafts and techniques.
Soft skills are your personal attributes and are a combination of your communication skills, social conduct and emotional intelligence.

Your work experience is what makes you, potentially, unique.

If you are the only person applying for a job with a combination of technical and personal skills that the employing organisation needs, you will be in the driving seat.

So it's important to think about the Hard Skills and Soft Skills you learned and displayed in each job you have held.

The better you can do this the better you will be refining yourself.

Hard Skills:

These are learned crafts and techniques that will be specific to your Nursing specialism.

Prescribing, restraint techniques, wound dressing would be obvious examples.

But the more detailed and esoteric you can be the better.

Nursing is highly specialised so detail your specialised techniques.

Soft Skills:

Nursing is a care profession.

Being technically gifted at your hard skills is great.

But your work experience needs to make it clear that presenting yourself as calm in a challenging, stressful situation is also important.

Are you compassionate? And, every Nurse will know, that Nursing is about listening and communicating. Explain it - don't make the assumption that it’s obvious.

Useful sites and further information for writing a CV

I like this external piece of advice about writing with brevity:

Embracing brevity

How to write less and say more

Visit copymatter.com/embracing-brevity/