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6 Seconds to Get the Nursing Job

The idea is to catch the recruiter’s attention in the first 6 seconds. Studies have shown that it takes 6 seconds to decide if the applicant is the best-fit for a role. To make an impression it is important to keep the information as simple as possible so that readers can skim and identify your selling points. The CV should provide the summary of your experience and achievements.

Remember no one has time to read 10 pages, keep it short, simple and to the point.

While drafting your CV, it’s important to imaginarily divide the resume in 3 sections, top third the resume should be a snapshot about you and your contact details.

Personal information:

  • Name
  • Reachable phone contact and suitable time
  • Email address
  • Preferred Style

can also include a very brief executive summary, which describes you and your skills. This section will act as summary behind the novel; after which the reader will decide if it’s worthwhile skimming through the entire CV.

In the middle section list;


Bullet point date and years/educational institutions. Include honors and awards.

Experience – Give examples:

Restrict your work experience to the past two to three years and tailor it to the specific needs in the advertisement.  List skills that make you best suited for the job. Refrain from listing SOP or TOR (example for midwifes; doing deliveries etc). You can include relevant achievements (e.g. staff of the month) and mention how you can use transferable skills such as communication or being able to work well under pressure.

Use one format at a time:

DO NOT be shy to list some of your other relevant skills. However do not list skills not related to the position.

Stick to your strengths and achievements that will distinguish you from others.

In the last section, list at least 2 referees. Seek prior permission and request for availability to act as your referee. It’s important to keep your referees well informed.


Include 2 to 3 references (avoid friends and families).