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Knowing how to use your CV to present yourself and your skills in the best light will open many doors

Knowing how to use your CV to present yourself and your skills in the best light will open many doors

“A good CV will open lots of doors for someone, but a bad CV will shut them,” says Andrew Scorer, director of The Fuller CV.

Originating 13 years ago, The Fuller CV is a professional CV company in the UK, helping more than 1,000 clients spruce up or redo their CVs every month.

“We don’t just email generic templates to clients,” Mr Scorer explains. “We do all our business by phone for a unique, personalised experience. We know what works on a CV and what employers want, so we’re able to provide an effective service from staff that understand the recruitment market.”

The Fuller CV offers free 10-minute CV critiques over the phone, giving clients an overview of what they can improve on, including structure, content, grammar and spelling. For 1% of the client’s salary per annum - around £200 on average for a nurse - the client can speak with a specialist in their field for up to an hour to make sure their CV is applicable to a specific setting. Later on, that specialist will create a new CV from scratch for the client.

Employers want proof that a potential employee is a hard worker or team player. Nurses need to describe their shift duties and extra responsibilities like mentoring

Last year, The Fuller CV did a survey of clients who were considered to be long-term unemployed (unemployed for longer than 12 months). After receiving a CV overhaul, 57% of those clients received a job offer within one month.

“We’d like to change people’s opinions of a CV. They should be achievement led, especially for nurses who do a lot of online applications,” says Mr Scorer. “Nurses need to show what makes them successful and what makes them unique.”

Mr Scorer said the biggest mistake people make when writing a CV is listing terms such as conscientious, good attention to detail, hard working or team player.

“Employers don’t find these terms relevant,” Mr Scorer said. “They want to see proof that a potential employee is a hard worker or a team player. Nurses need to describe their duties on shifts as well as additional responsibilities such as mentoring or implementing new programmes.”

Mr Scorer will be at the Fuller CV stand at Nursing Times Careers Live on 14 November. Although nurses cannot receive CV guidance at the stand, they can register for a free CV review through the organisation.

“If a nurse registers at 10am, they might receive a call as early as 3pm on the same day from a CV adviser specialising in healthcare,” Mr Scorer says. “We’ll also be there to answer questions about the service.”

In addition, there will be two seminars hosted by Mr Scorer containing more material on improving CVs. Free booklets will be handed out at the seminars, containing information and a discount code for The Fuller CV’s paid service.

“It’ll be a helpful event full of information,” says Mr Scorer. “An effective CV can make a huge difference and bring someone up to the next level of their career.”

Jessica Boddy

● More information about Nursing Times Careers Live can be found at Attendance is free, but you must register in advance.


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