Now that you’ve finished your CNA training you need to revamp your resume! Adding new training and qualification details, not to mention the hands on practical experience and skills you have now acquired. Your resume is often the first impression that you will make on your future employers, consider this simple A4 document as an ambassador for your interests. So how do you put your best foot forward and create a concise Curriculum vitae that ticks all the boxes and sells you as a prospective employee? Here are a few things to consider when revising your C.V.
What To Revise After Adding CNA Training
Choosing a Format – Less is more
Make sure that you create a professional looking C.V. by avoiding the following aesthetic pitfalls:
1. Don’t use complex graphics such as borders, backgrounds and clip art
2. Don’t use coloured fonts, or if you do use sparingly
3. Keep your font choice simple; fancy fonts may look pretty but what you gain in appearance you lose in legibility.
4. Utilize simple headings and bullet points to efficiently communicate information in an easy to access format. Large passages of text are not advisable.
Writing an effective Cover letter
A clear and concise cover letter for each position you are applying will improve your chances of securing an interview. Tailor your cover letter to the job opportunity in question, address:
- Why you want the job?
- What your relevant experience is? (Including your CNA training and experience)
- Why you think you would be good at the job?
- What your general understanding of the position is? (Including any applicable health and safety requirements)
- What your future career aspirations are?
This last subject is only advisable if these career aspirations include long term employment in the CNA or Nursing field.
What information do I include in my Resume or C.V.?
The most import feature of your resume after CNA training is the details of that CNA training. Ensure you highlight and promote your aptitude for Nursing Assistant duties and a willingness to learn new strategies and techniques. Here are some headings to consider including in your Curriculum Vitae:
- Relevant experience (A section for any positions that may have given you skills applicable to the position you are applying for)
- Other experience (A section for all other employment details)
- Qualifications (with a detailed breakdown of relevant CNA training information)
- Relevant Personal Qualities (Things that make you perfect for the position)
You should also consider using a contact from your CNA training such as an instructor, tutor or supervising work placement mentor.
What additional documentation do I need to provide?
You will need to attach copies of your:
- Photo identification
- CNA qualification documentation
- Background check documentation
- Any written references
- Any additional qualifications and certifications that you have cited in your resume
Armed with a clear, concise, yet detailed Curriculum vitae you will have the best possible chance of successful employment, or at least a preliminary interview. Getting your foot in the door and getting noticed is the next step to embarking on your new career.