Did you know that most employers spend on average a maximum two minutes reading your CV? If they don’t find what they are looking for at first glance, they simply move on to the next candidate. Get your resume noticed and give your career a boost with these valuable tips from Nursing Careers Australia:
1. Your Resume and CV
- If an employer doesn’t find what they are looking for in your resume within the first two minutes, he or she will move on to the next applicant. Ensure your resume is clear, concise and appropriate for the position you are applying for.
- Most nursing applicants submit resumes that are too long or filled with irrelevant details. Check that yours is up-to-date and only includes information your prospective employer is looking for.
- Include career highlights, professional strengths and the unique qualities you bring to your job.
- Dates of employment should be clear along with the name of the hospital/s you worked at. Include the number of beds under your care and the nature of the patients you looked after.
- Australian employers value references so include the name and current contact details of at least two referees, which usually include a care manager or manager.
2. What are Australian nursing employers look for?
- Effective communication is highly valued in the workplace and will ensure your success as a Registered Nurse in Australia. Therefore, RN’s who are able to easily and effectively communicate with doctors, specialists, managers, nursing staff, kitchen personnel, patients and their families will be looked at favourably.
- Assertiveness is also an important skill in the workplace so speak up if you have any concerns before they become bigger problems.
- Australian employers like when you take initiative in the workplace; this means taking the time to do things without being asked. Be proactive each day by finding at least one thing to do without being asked.
- Time Management is an important part of a nurse’s role so make sure you have a good idea of what needs to be done and by when. Remember that good time management is not just working ‘faster’ but working in a more organised manner, planning ahead what needs to be done, and then doing it efficiently.
- Australian nursing employers are not just looking for someone who is a ‘hard worker’ but also a person who works well in a team environment. Australians like to create a fun and workplace culture so take the time to get to know your colleagues and think about how you can contribute to a happy and safe environment.
- Each day gives you the opportunity to learn something new so don’t be afraid to ask us for some advice, guidance and feedback from the people around you.
Learn more about the nursing career opportunities in Australia here.