- 23 April 2020
- 4 min read
What skills should I list on my nursing CV?
Adult nurse, Claire Carmichael, details what to include on your nursing CV as well as a few things you should leave out.
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What to add to your CV
Use the person specification and job description to write your CV
Use these to include the essential criteria needed for the role and add them to show you have right skills needed to fulfil the role.
Just like the cover letter, the CV needs to target the trust / company you’re applying for.
Adjust each one to the place you’re applying
Your name, address, email, phone number, website (if you have one, I add my LinkedIn as well).
I add all this at the top the page, my name being the ‘title'.
No more than a couple of sentences.
Write what you’re doing now, your particular skills and experience for that role and what you are now seeking.
For example: ‘I am a newly qualified nurse (third year student nurse) with experience as a GP nurse ambassador and previously had a placement within GP and fell in love and now seeking a long fulfilling career as a GP nurse’
Each part you list give a brief example alongside it.
Read the person specification and use this to use subheadings and show examples to show you meet their criteria for the post.
from GCSE’s to your university degree details.
For student nurses, I listed my placements here and what I learnt (clinical skills included) on each one.
I added my paid employment here.
Just brief role, place and dates to and from.
I only added nursing related roles here, anything else I added a sentence below.
"I also worked in hospitality as a waitress, receptionist and housekeeper from 2001 – 2005".
Purely because they aren’t relevant to the role I am applying to but the placements and care home experience is.
This helps to keep the word count down too.
You can also add an achievements section if you have done anything extra such as won an award in or outside of university.
What not to add to your CV
Don’t add ‘Curriculum Vitae / CV' as your heading at the top (use your name instead).
Don’t list every single job you have had - it’s not needed.
Don’t write anything that isn’t related to the role you’re applying for.
Don’t tell them your life story Don’t add training and skills that are not relevant to the role.
Don’t repeat yourself.
Just to summarise, the best tip I can give is always use the person specification and job description.
Have it up in the background or copy and paste their essential criteria and use these as subheadings to structure your CV (remove the headings afterwards).
If you hit all these points, there is no reason they shouldn’t be calling you for the job!
My final tip
My final tip is, always get someone to check it; go to your university careers team or if you are with the RCN they have a careers team who will look at your CV for you.
You can also look at online examples of CV’s and use templates to help you out; nurses.co.uk have some for you to guide you.
These are all very useful places to use and abuse and help you bag that job you want.
Goodluck everyone, go smash it, you’ve got this!