Preparing a successful, role-specific curriculum vitae
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Preparing a successful, role-specific curriculum vitae

Bob Price Healthcare education and practice development consultant

An internet search reveals just how many articles there are on preparing a curriculum vitae (CV). The preparation of a CV should not be regarded as a ‘one-off’ event, to be updated periodically. A successful CV requires thoughtful preparation to ensure it is directed towards a specific post and should consider two important perspectives. First, an understanding of what is required of the practitioner in the nursing post (demand), and second, what the nurse can offer in terms of his or her skills, experience, qualities and qualifications (supply). The demands of the post will also include meeting professional standards, such as those that have emerged following consideration of the Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (Francis 2013). This article explores how to prepare a successful CV for a specific role, using a demand and supply perspective – where a nurse seeks to match the specific requirements of the post by summarising what he or she has to offer.

Nursing Standard. 29, 5, 50-57. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.5.50.e9176

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 27 May 2014

Accepted: 07 July 2014

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