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Ten Tips to Make your CV Stand out

By Katie McGarr on 13 February 2015

As a nurse you may be finding it tough to find a nursing job that suits you at the moment especially a HSE job. There are still options for you in private nursing jobs and nursing homes, but in a situation like this there are more candidates and less job opportunities. That is why you need to make sure your CV is impeccable and stands out to employers. A bad CV can unfortunately make some employers disregard you for the role even if you may have been perfect for the job.

I have compiled some tips that will help make your CV’s stand out and make sure you secure the nursing job that you want.

  1. Make sure you put your name, contact details, email address at the top along with your ABA Pin number.
  2. Make sure you use the same font and type face through out the whole document as this makes it look neat and consistent.
  3. Make sure the format is in reverse chronological order. Each position held should include the period by which you were employed, employer’s name, level of position and details of your duties. Noting more and nothing less.
  4. Alter your CV to suit different jobs that you are applying for. If you are applying for a staff nurse job in a hospital then your CV should be different to a CV for a nursing home, as these are both two different environments.
  5. Put words from the job specification into your CV, this way your CV reflects that you have the skills and expertise that the employer is looking for.
  6. Make sure your CV is no longer than two pages and you only include relevant information, employers rarely read anymore than this. 
  7. Try and use phrases and words that attract attention instead of using long statements. It is better to explain your experience in the least amount of words as possible so make sure these words are the right ones.
  8. Make sure your CV can be scanned through quickly and your key achievements stand out.
  9. Make yourself more attractive to employer’s by improving your skills and training. The INMO and other industry bodies run training days continuously throughout the year. See our training and events page for more details.
Remember your CV is all about selling yourself. It should be a marketing tool for your accomplishments and achievements so be proud of it. Why not upload your CV to and we can help you get on the road to the job you want.

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