Maxine Fennell

HOW TO WRITE A GOOD CV

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Make your first impression count.  Your CV needs to clearly outline your experience and what you can offer your prospective employer. Don’t waffle too much;...


Make your first impression count.  Your CV needs to clearly outline your experience and what you can offer your prospective employer. Don’t waffle too much; a CV should ideally be no longer than 2 pages.

Your curriculum vitae (CV), is a personal advertisement used to sell yourself to prospective employers. It should tell them about you, your professional history and your skills, abilities and achievements. Ultimately, it should highlight why you are the best person for the job. Here is a simple guide as to how to create the perfect CV as a healthcare professional.

 

Share your specialist interests

If you’ve been on a recent clinical course or opted for extra work experience this is where you should include it. Not only will this show recruiters where your particular interests lie, but it will also show them that your passion motivates you to carry out further learning and development.

 

Highlight your qualifications

From your degree to registration, always include your qualifications on your CV. This will demonstrate your technical skill as well as your knowledge of clinical best practice.

 

Include your personal hobbies and pastimes

This is a section which not many people concentrate on. It can be a great way to show recruiters what makes you stand out. Healthcare professionals need strong interpersonal skills to put patients at ease, and your hobbies can reveal far more about you as a person than simply listing ‘interpersonal skills’ on your CV.

 

What are the responsibilities of a healthcare professional?

Your main responsibilities as a healthcare professional are patient care and treatment. This involves excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills.  You also have a responsibility to create a welcoming environment with a warm, approachable manner.

 

What are the top qualities of a healthcare professional?

As well as your knowledge, the top qualities include confidentiality, empathy and reliability. This is particularly important if you work at a private clinic and will be treating children or nervous patients.