Career Advice

4 Biggest CV Mistakes That Nurses Make

Get A Career 20 June, 2019

With a global shortage of nurses and other medical professionals expected to reach critical levels over the next decade, you might think you don’t really have to worry too much about your CV. After all, employers will be lining up to hire you, right? They won’t be too picky about your CV.

But a strong CV can help you in more ways than just landing a job. It’ll be a factor in promotions and negotiating for a higher salary too. Too often people neglect the particular form and content a nursing CV should follow, and that can cost them in the long run. Here are some of the most common mistakes nurses make on their CVs.

Leaving out an initial summary

A good CV should lead off with a detailed summary of the value you can bring to the company. Keep it fairly short but comprehensive, with an overview of your credentials, specialty areas, experience, and goals.

Not detailing work experience

Nurses especially need to make sure their experience section is highly detailed, including the types of facilities you’ve worked in, specialty areas, patient caseload, and types of equipment used.

New nurses not putting enough emphasis on training and academic achievements

Obviously, if you’re just entering the field, you won’t have much experience to detail, so you need to put special emphasis on the types of training you have, licenses you hold, and any academic honors you’ve achieved.

Returning nurses not separating their non-nursing employment details

If you’re returning to nursing after an absence, it’s a good idea to put your nursing experience into one section of your CV, and the unrelated work into another, rather than just listing employment chronologically. This keeps the focus on the information you want the employer to notice.

Nursing is a specialized professional profession and your CV needs to be specialized too.