How to Write a Good CV for Healthcare Jobs

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Healthcare is a booming sector of the Australian economy, driven by our rapid population growth and our ageing baby boomers who are transitioning from working life into their retirement years and beyond.

Despite these solid fundamentals underpinning this growth in demand for healthcare services and by extension, the professionals who deliver these vital public services (especially Aged Care Nurses, Registered Nurses and General Practitioners), landing a healthcare job can still be a very competitive process.

Certain positions with lucrative salaries and benefits in sought-after locations can attract dozens, even hundreds of applicants – meaning your experience and suitability for the job will need to stand out immediately to recruiters.

Thankfully, following these five simple tips on writing a good CV can help you do just that. A solid CV will pique a potential employer's interest in your skills and experience, getting you through to the crucial interview stage where you can then sell yourself as the best candidate in person:


5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Writing a Good CV for Healthcare Jobs

1 - Keep it Concise

Hiring managers tend to be pressed for time, meaning a long CV or Resume drawn out over multiple pages is likely headed for one destination only – the trash bin.

This means the first step to writing a good CV, whether that be for jobs in healthcare or any other sector is to keep your CV concise.

Generally speaking, 3 pages is ideal – 2 for the actual content of your CV and 1 for your Cover Letter. For this reason, your Cover Letter is particularly important as recruiters will likely spend 30 seconds glancing over it before deciding whether or not to proceed with your application.

  • Keep your CV to 2-3 pages including Cover Letter
  • Keep in mind hiring managers are pressed for time


2 - List Your Most Recent Experience First

Keeping in mind the rushed nature of a hiring manager's job, part of your CV's role is to make their job as easy as possible.

Listing your experience in reverse chronological order – beginning with your most recent professional position and working backwards from there is key to immediately conveying that you have the necessary experience to perform the role you've just applied for.

Other important tips on this note include using bullet points for each position listed and a clear bolded heading beside each dot point, with the name of the employer, job title and dates of employment.

It also pays to be discerning when selecting which positions to list – if you've been in the workforce for 10 years already you don't need to include your part-time student job at McDonald's!

  • Use reverse-chronological order, listing your most recent (or current) position first
  • Use dot-points when listing each position
  • Ensure each position has a clear heading – displaying name of employer, job title and dates you held that position
  • Only include positions relevant to the role you're applying for if you have a long employment history


3 - Use Verbs & Professional Language

If making your CV as concise and easy to read as possible for hiring managers are the first two steps, the third is to use verbs (or action words) throughout this document to really bring it life.

For example, when listing a previous nursing position use language such as “Successfully managed a team of junior Registered Nurses in the paediatric ward” rather than “manager of junior team of Registered Nurses in paediatric ward”. Verbs leave a stronger impression on the readers mind and also make you sound more confident on paper.

Another important point to remember is to use professional, formal language throughout your CV and Cover Letter, including terms specific to your field of employment.

  • Use verbs or action words throughout your CV
  • Verbs leave a stronger impression on readers mind and make you sound more confident
  • Also be sure to include professional, formal language relevant to your field


4 - Tailor Your CV to the Position

It goes without saying that tailoring your and to the specifics of the position you're applying for is absolutely critical if you want to be seriously considered for an interview.

While most people have a standard template of their 's on file for mass distribution, it pays to carefully comb through yours and remove any positions/experience not relevant for the role at hand.

A handy way to instantly tailor your application is to address your to the hiring manager before briefly addressing each key selection criteria paragraph by paragraph.

Mentioning how you found their job ad in the first place and one or two attributes you admire about their organisation is another way to demonstrate your interest and the fact you've done your homework.

  • Ensure your CV & Cover letter are tailored to the position you're applying for
  • Remove any experience not directly relevant to that position or broader industry
  • Address your Cover Letter to the hiring manager
  • Address each key selection criteria in the paragraphs
  • Also mention how you found the job ad in the first place


5 - Proofread & Eliminate Mistakes

Finally, ensure you proofread your CV and Cover Letter a few times before sending! Don't just rely on spellcheck to do that task for you, although running your document through spellcheck is a must.

Get someone else you trust to read through and critique it as well – perhaps they'll pick up clumsy wording or other mistakes you (and spellcheck) missed.

Not only should you check for spelling mistakes, but also keep an eye on grammar, formatting (font + font size) and use of wording and terminology. Keep in mind one mistake could give a potential employer the wrong impression and cost you an interview.

  • Proofread your CV & Cover Letter multiple times before sending
  • Run through spellcheck as well as reading manually
  • Get someone you trust to read through and critique as well – focusing as spelling, grammar, formatting and choice of wording/terminology
  • One mistake could cost you an interview!