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How to create a winning CV for NHS job applications (Non-Medical/Non-Clinical positions)

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There is a wealth of information available on the Internet about building a good CV that will give you the best possible chance of being invited for an interview – however, there are some extra factors to consider when applying for a role within the NHS. If you are looking to put yourself forward for a Non-Medical/ Non-Clinical job, there are a number of steps that you can take to ensure that your CV remains towards the ‘top of the pile’ and you must bear in mind that a recruiter may only have a few seconds to look at every CV when they are overwhelmed by applications.

Research the role.

Take a long look at the job description and duties in the advert and then tweak your CV as much as possible to make sure that your highlighted qualities match the job requirements EXACTLY. In many ways, this exercise focuses as much on removing information that isn’t particularly relevant as it does on including the important information and this will help you to appear as ‘a good fit.’ As an example, a role with IT requirements should encourage you to highlight your key skills and experience working with various computer packages, while your exceptional customer service qualities may need to take a back seat. The NHS is just like any other major organisation - they want employees to be in their role for a reasonable period of time to avoid costly ‘churn’ and too many irrelevant CV entries may lead the reader to think that they will end up wanting to change job after a short time.

Format your CV for the ‘time poor’ reader.

It has already been established that the recruiting manager will have very little time to get a good first impression from your CV, and this means that information needs to be concise and well-presented. Don’t be afraid to cut out any overly wordy sentences and phrasing - keeping things simple will allow the reader to get an idea of your abilities in a very short space of time. 1-2 sides of A4 is more than enough space to do this, and it goes without saying that spelling and grammar must be of the highest standards. Modern word processing software takes a lot of the work out of this stage, which makes it even more unacceptable to have a CV that is littered with basic errors.

Don’t be afraid to ‘sell yourself’.

In the NHS, it is highly likely that there will be many applicants that fit the criteria for every role - it is still an incredibly desirable employment provider for people in all walks of life. If your CV has your biggest (and most relevant - see above) qualities before the main text of your education and experience, it shows that you are self-confident in your abilities. Putting this vital information further down your CV means that it may not even get seen at all and so there is no shame in making this known as early as possible in the world of modern recruitment.

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