We have been recruiting support workers for many of our clients over the past few months and our HR generalist Heather, has written a blog to explain what she looks for when recruiting, The first chance to make an impression is your CV, so she has written a helpful 5 point guide to creating the CV she is looking for!
Are you currently looking for a role within the care sector? Are you updating your CV? In this month’s blog, we look at 5 crucial pieces of information you should include and what can make your CV stand out from the rest.
Your contact details:
While it may sound obvious, it is really important to check that your contact information is correct and up to date. We will always contact you by the details you provide on your CV, so at the very minimum provide an e-mail address that you use regularly and a telephone number with a voicemail service.
When applying for a role in care, as a recruiter we want to see your relevant experience that links to the role you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a role that requires you to live-in, please state whether you have any live-in experience and how long you are able to live away from home for. Remember confidentiality when talking about your past experience do not refer to clients by name.
Gaps in your employment
If you have gaps in between jobs, it is always best to let us know what you have been doing and how it has benefitted you. For example, if you have taken time off to travel, please let us know. CQC, our regulating body require us to find out a complete work history for every successful applicant therefore if you are unable to provide this it may hinder your chances of being offered an interview.
Reasons for a new career path
If you have recently changed your career and have only limited experience in care or support, let us know what your goals are and in detail what you have done. We may still be able to find a suitable role for you with the right training and your skills could be transferable.
Professional and Specific Language
It is best to avoid vague language, such as ‘care experience’, instead describe your roles and responsibilities in your previous roles for example ‘I have carried out all aspects of personal care including bathing, dressing and feeding’ or ‘I have used transfer aids including hoists and rotundas’.
We hope this month’s blog helps you to create a CV to find your perfect role.