10 CV Tips for Healthcare Workers

You may have the best interview skills in the world, but if you don’t pass the first stage of applications – the CV – nobody will ever witness them. As we shift through hundreds of CVs daily and see what nursing homes and other healthcare institutions really want to see. As recruitment consultants, we fine-tune your CV to perfection, but having a good starting point is really important. The better written your resume is, the faster we can move to finding you the perfect job.

Here are some of Nadia’s best CV tips for a brilliant resume:

  1. Nurse Qualified: If you are a qualified nurse, mention it first! This is a huge asset if you want to pursue a career in nursing homes. This applies also if you are applying for a job at management level. Having first-hand insight into nursing will add a lot to your CV.
  2. Other Qualifications: Have you attended a management course, received any management training, or have completed other relevant education? Highlight this. Whether you have been trained at your job, privately, in schools or academia, it all counts. Of course, make sure you mention relevant qualifications. If you are applying to be a Nursing Home Manager, a management qualification will be more relevant than a still life photography course.
  3. Relevant Detail: The more we have to work with, the better! However, don’t take this as a call to unload everything you have ever done into your resume. Instead, provide lots of detail about the relevant bits.
  4. Work Experience: Going off the previous point, work experience is absolutely crucial. Include lots of detail of every relevant post you have had. Again with the example of Nursing Home Manager, if you have less (or zero) experience of working in healthcare but plenty of management experience, include it in your CV!
  5. Transferable Skills: When moving up in your career, it is important to harness all your experience. Think of skills you have used in your previous roles, current role and even when volunteering! Details make all the difference in job hunting: an experience you may not even have thought of previously might come in really handy.

These five simple CV tips will allow your resume to look its absolute best! Now that you’ve read this, pick a job, go over your CV and see where you can tweak and tailor it. Done? Send your CV to us via the form below the job and let’s see how you did!

We think you’ll have a job that will turn even Mondays into Mon-yays in no time!

5 Best Healthcare Podcasts on iTunes

The case for podcasts: it’s the modern, downloadable radio show, perfectly tailored to your interests. Everything we’re recommending is free, and found on iTunes. It’s perfect for your commute, amping you up for another busy day, and inspiring you in the evening. If you find running (or even walking) boring, try listening to one of the podcasts listed — for myself, it makes me forget I’m running and often, I’ve clocked in more miles faster than I ever expected in the end. Bonus: you’re going to sound really educated to any interviewer!

1. RNFM Radio

healthcare podcast

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If you’re a nurse, or work with nurses — give this a listen! Three nurses join forces for a revolutionary podcast formed to challenge the common understanding of what it means to be a nurse. Tune in for your weekly dose of nursing trends, news, and advice. This team of ultra-savvy nurses is resuscitating the brand of nursing and amplifying the collective voices of this amazing profession.

2. TedTalks Health

healthcare podcast

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From way-new medical breakthroughs to smart daily health habits, doctors and researchers share their discoveries about medicine and well-being onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading – if you’re hungry for more, we’ve also listed 5 of our favourite healthcare TED talks!

3. Red Hot Healthcare

healthcare podcast

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This show is a blend of a weekly summary of top news across the health sector, along with select interviews from healthcare leaders and HIT mavericks. Great for anyone interested in the healthcare sector with an entrepreneurial spirit, looking to innovate or move up in their career!

4. Radio Headspace

healthcare podcast

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Headspace is the revolutionary meditation app thousands of users swear by! Their podcast promises simply ‘inspiration for a healthier, happier life’ with listeners describing feeling ‘focused, aware, present and compassionate’ — I couldn’t describe it any better. Perhaps the best in life really is just simple.

5. No Meat Athlete Radio

healthcare podcast

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This is my personal favourite: Matt is the most genuine person, guiding you through the complex world of health with a steady hand. He approaches health in a holistic way, interviewing experts in many different fields: his latest episodes include discussions of food, yoga, libraries, tobacco and disability. Added bonus: Matt’s smooth voice makes you feel like all is right in the world, always.

What are some of your favourite podcasts? 

Explaining dementia & Alzheimer’s, and what you can do

There are an estimated 44 million people currently living with dementia around the world and this number is set to reach 130 million by 2050. (x) As healthcare recruitment professionals placing staff into elderly and dementia care homes every day, we think it’s important to know about dementia itself, and we wanted to share some of that with you!

What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?

“The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.” (x)

That’s the basics of it. Dementia is not an ‘old people’s thing’, but is triggered by diseases damaging the brain. The most common cause is Alzheimer’s disease, but it can also be caused by a series of strokes and other diseases, for example infections (like HIV), Parkinson’s and Huntington’s.

Alzheimer’s, however, is a progressive disease of the brain that slowly causes impairment in memory and cognitive function. During the course of the disease, proteins build up in the brain to form structures called ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’. This leads to the loss of connections between nerve cells, and eventually to the death of nerve cells and loss of brain tissue. (x)

Why is Alzheimer’s effect on memory so unpredictable?

There are two reasons for this. Memory loss is a common and the most widely known symptom of Alzheimer’s, however symptoms vary depending on what part(s) of the brain are damaged.

Secondly, there are different types of memory: episodic, semantic and procedural memory are stored in the long term store, and retrieved to the short term store when needed.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. Short-term memory, or the ability of hold information in mind in an active, instantly-retrievable store is affected first. Next to deteriorate is episodic memory or memory of autobiographical events, after that semantic memory, or meanings of words and facts about the world. The last to go is procedural memory, or how to perform tasks and skills. This is why people who have Alzheimer’s usually know how to perform everyday tasks and can even pick up new skills, like knitting — their procedural memory remains intact the longest. However, eventually all reasoning, attention, and language abilities are disrupted.

elderly man reading a newspaper titled "The Good Life"

Can dementia/Alzheimer’s be cured?

Since dementia is caused by different diseases, it is unlikely that there will be a single cure for dementia. Nor is there a cure for Alzheimer’s yet. The research has been aimed at finding cures for dementia-causing diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. (x)

A vast amount of research is done in the UK and worldwide. Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society are perhaps the two biggest charities in the country, the first devoted to research, the second acting as a funding body for research as well as providing services for those affected and their families, information and working on prevention.

Prevention, then, is an important field of research for a ‘cure’. For example, a recent study demonstrated getting too little sleep increases your risk of Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, another study showed that heart disease as well as cardiovascular risk factors, particularly if they manifest in midlife, are associated with the eventual development of dementia, and early prevention and treatment could potentially mitigate the onset of dementia. (x)

What can I do?

The first step is educating yourself. By reaching this point of the article, you’ve completed that first step, congratulations!

Now you could look into getting involved. You could become a Dementia Friend. You could raise some money for a dementia or Alzheimer’s charity. You could volunteer at a care home. For those extra committed, you could study to become a nurse, work in a care home, work for a dementia charity. . .we are going to share our own steps towards action in a blog post coming soon!

5 Inspiring Healthcare TED Talks

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (the ones we share range from 7-15 minutes). We’ll share five that really stayed with us after listening to them – the stories range from Australia to America, but the message resonates anywhere. (Get your tissues ready.)

1. A tribute to nurses

Carolyn Jones shares brave and compassionate stories about exceptional nurses – but if you have ever had your own experiences with nurses, you know that she could be talking about any of them. The talk reminds us of the nurses we’ve met (and worked with) ourselves, and reminds us of all the reasons we are thankful for the incredible people who dedicate their lives to nursing.

2. Let’s talk about dying

Intensive care doctor Peter Saul talks about death frankly and honestly. It is maybe the least shocking to those of us who have worked in healthcare, but it can be eye-opening anyway. We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” he suggests. Peter asks us to think about the end of our lives — and to question the modern model of slow, intubated death in hospital.

3. How my dad’s dementia changed my idea of death (and life)

With warmth and grace, Beth Malone tells the deeply personal story of her dad’s struggle with frontotemporal lobe dementia, and how it changed how she thinks about death (and life). It’s a familiar story for those working in care homes, but is worth to watch just for

4. Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals

Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson has a more nuanced view of how the brain functions. He shares new research that could lead to targeted psychiatric medications — that work better and avoid side effects. While eye-opening for those interested in the physiology of learning disabilities, anyone can learn from this.

5. Older people are happier

In the past century, we have added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans – it has doubled, in a blink of an eye. Psychologist Laura Carstensen shows research that demonstrates that as people get older they become happier, more content, and have a more positive outlook on the world – of which compassion is a key ingredient.

We would love to hear your stories and what you thought of the talks in the comment section below!