This past week I was helping a company source some specialist nurses roles on our database. I realised what most recruiters probably already know. A well organised CV is a quick way to see someone’s work history, education levels achieved and skills obtained. A poorly organised CV is difficult. You could be the best nurse in the world but if I can’t tell your skills in a quick glance of your CV, I am onto the next!
Test your own CV. Ask your friends to take a look and see if they can quickly understand what job you want and your work history. There are some simple edits that you can quickly make to your CV to increase its organisation.
- Utilise a template. Most recruitment consultancies place a person’s skills in a template prior to sending onto the direct employer. You should too! Microsoft Word has a few (you will be prompted to pick one when you select “New”) and there are quite a few online. A quick search on a search engine will also return a few results.
- List your employment in chronologically from most recent role to earliest role. Recruiters want to see your jobs NOW, not your first role from when you started.
- For each role include up to four sub points that highlight your results achieved and skills obtained.
- Focus on results achieved rather than daily tasks. Say “Managed daily care for up to eight patients” rather than saying “Checked patients vitals”. If you need more examples, message us in the comments section of this post. We are happy to help!
Still have questions? Let us know. With fifteen years of CV database experience, we have seen a lot of CVs!