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How to prepare the perfect CV for an NHS interview

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Things to include in a CV


Are you confused about how to prepare a CV?


What should and should not be included in a CV, are these questions you don't know the answer to?

Preparing for an NHS interview can be daunting and stressful. In this blog, we will take a look at information you can include in a CV to attract a potential NHS employer.


Let's break it down and take a look at all things you should include in a CV for an NHS interview.


1. Start your CV with your full name, contact details, and email ID so the employer can easily reach you.


2. Define your career objective in a short paragraph, emphasizing your skills and what you bring to the table.


3. Next, talk about your Educational Qualifications or any specific training you have acquired.


This should include the institution's name, the Board and University, and the graduation year.


4. Provide details of your professional registration, stating the name of the nursing council, registration number, and date of registration.


5. Mention the date of your IELTS/ OET and your scores; if clubbed, provide both the dates and the scores, respectively.


6. As a nurse, it is crucial for your employer to know about your NMC and CBT status.


7. Your employment history is a testament to your professional journey. Start with your current work experience and move ahead with your other work experience, offering a detailed insight into your career. This section is where you can proudly showcase your achievements.


8. When writing your employment history remember to include the following points under each of the organizations you have worked for:

  • Date of employment (joining date and relieving date in DD/MM/YYYY format),

  • Name of the Hospital

  • City/ State

  • Bed Capacity & Nurse Patient Ratio

  • Designation

  • Department/Ward Allocation

P.S. The hospital you have worked or are choosing to work at should have a 150 or above nurse-patient ratio.

9. Divide your work experience under three headings to make it look organized and eye-catching:

  1. You have handled duties and responsibilities specifically under your job role that are significant to the position you have applied for.

  2. Equipment you have handled, specifically modern technologies or machinery used in the specialization you are looking to keep yourself updated with technology.

  3. Third, showcase the cases you have handled that are frequent, important, and difficult in your area of work.


10. Employment gaps need to be addressed, if any. Clearly provide the period and the reason for the absence from work within the mentioned time frame. Please note that the reason for the absence should be genuine.


11. Your references are a crucial part of your CV. They serve as a verification of your work and character. Hence, it's important to provide authentic referee details whom your employer can contact for your background verification. This ensures that your professional reputation is upheld.


  1. Name of your referee, their designation, Organization, contact details ( contact no. and email id) are all important information you can include.


12. Finally, conclude your CV with a self-declaration along with your name, signature, and submission date so that the employer can confirm the submitted CV is up to date and authentic.





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