Top 10 CV writing tips for Health and Social care workers
Writing your own CV can be a difficult and sometimes daunting task, especially if it's been a long time since yours was last updated. To help, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 CV tips for all Health and Social roles.
1. Experience – explain any gaps in your work history. Also, only include relevant experience and jobs that’s have transferable skills for health care roles.
2. Professional tone – throughout your CV you should keep a professional tone. This means avoiding slang words/abbreviations and keeping in the same tense for the duration of the CV.
3. Skills – it is important to list between 8-10 skills that you have acquired during your work experience as a healthcare professional. These can be ‘soft’ skills which are relevant to working in healthcare such as being “empathic” and “respectful”.
4. Qualifications – having a health and social care qualification such as a NVQ Level 2 or Level 3 will help you stand out from the crowd so it’s vital it stands out on your CV. Create a separate section for your qualifications and also include any additional training you have done such as First Aid.
5. Clear layout – no graphics and no longer than 2 pages. Make sure each section is clearly outlined. A recommended structure: Contact details, Short personal profile, Work Experience and Key Skills.
6. Avoid ‘buzzwords’- recruitment consultants and hiring managers can look through hundreds of CV’s a day so it’s best not to use general terms and cliches when describing yourself. Try make it as personal as possible.
7. Prioritise – health care work can include a variety of different tasks therefore it is important to prioritise what is relevant to the job you are applying for when listing previous job responsibilities.
8. Contact details - always include your contact details clearly at the top of the page.
9. Be honest – never lie on your CV as it can put the service user and yourself at risk.
10. Spelling and Grammar – once you have completed your CV it is critical you proofread 3 or 4 times to make sure there is no spelling or grammatical mistakes. To ensure there are no mistake we recommend using Microsoft Word instead of CV template site such as Canva as it has a more accurate spell checker.
If you are looking for a new Health and Social Role, we always looking to grow our temporary work bank. We are in need of people who have at least 6 month paid UK experience in the following roles: Senior & Non-senior Health Care Assistants, Support Workers, Project Workers, Children’s Residential Workers and Registered Nurses. Please send your CV to email@example.com or speak to our friendly team on 0191 691 4200.
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