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NPD 300 The Job Application Process - Nursing
Transcript of NPD 300 The Job Application Process - Nursing
Bullet points with concise statements for achievements (2-3)
What did you do that was outside your paid/unpaid remit?
How did you stand out from your workmates?
Verbs (action words) to begin each point: 'implemented', 'assessed',
Consistent tense and phrasing
ACTIVE rather than the passive. Words like 'involved in', 'attended', 'assisted' are passive.
Relevant to duty statement and selection criteria
what you can do for the employer
– NOT what you want from them.
Capture the employer's attention and answer the question:
“Why should we interview you?”
Employers can also assess immediately a number of your qualities including
written communication skills, attention to detail, spelling and grammar
Indicate how your background links with the company, the job and provide examples where possible
Tailor each letter to the position
– Absolutely crucial!
Selection Criteria, Résumé, and Cover Letter
What if I don't have any relevant experience?
What if I've had jobs that involved similar skills - do I have to list them separately for each job?
How do I make my CV stand out from all the others?
Do I need to include my interests/extracurricular activities?
can I list as professional referees?
Selection Criteria Statements
- most relevant to employer
- have challenge or risk
- level of independence/supervision
- range of people involved
- measurable outcomes (evidence)
- address essential AND desirable criteria
Write the heading of the Selection Criteria EXACTLY how it is presented in the advertisement
Break down each and address all parts thoroughly
in separate paragraphs
Be aware of key expressions and levels required in each
Use concrete examples to support your claim
Substantiate your examples with indicators of how well you did them. e.g. results, feedback, goal achieved etc
Do not say "refer to my résumé" - If something is relevant, include it in your criteria statement
When addressing knowledge criteria: describe the type of knowledge you have, how you acquired it and when you have used it
If you do not have the knowledge, provide evidence of your efforts to acquire it, or your willingness to participate in on-the-job training
Professional format with a title, job name and date at the top and your name with page numbers (e.g. page 1 of 4) as a footer
keep it to 2-3 pages maximum
use reverse chronological order when listing your education, work history and anything else with dates
keep your formatting consistent.
avoid tables as they take up space and can change format when sent.
leave a reasonable margin for employers to
make notes in (2.0cm)
understand that this is a 10-30second 'highlights of you', designed to get you shortlisted and gain you an interview, so make it stand out
Clinical Midwife - Selection Criteria
demonstrated ability and commitment to uphold and promote the Ramsay Way core values
current registration as a Registered Nurse Registered Midwife with AHPRA
proven skills and experience to understand and take on a Clinical MIdwife position
previous experience in a coordinator position
well developed skills in problem solving and analytical skills, communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills, negotiation and conflict resolution and demonstrates ability to deliver quality patient care
ability to use initiative, self motivation, work as a team member with minimal supervision
proven ability to function in a multi-disciplinary team
Commonly used to address selection criteria related to
skills and values.
Example of communication skills:
e.g. Final practicum on a General Medical Ward. Patient assigned to me was anxious and avoiding medication.
– My aim was to calm the patient and ensure medication was taken.
– I spoke softly to the patient, adjusting body language and eye contact to identify the patient's concerns and educate her on the purpose of the medication.
– My actions calmed the patient who then agreed to take her medication. The patient also thanked me for taking the time to listen to her and explain the importance of this medication.
Tips to Remember:
Other samples of nursing job applications
1. Eligible for registration in the category of Registered Nurse by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (finite)
2. Demonstrated competent nursing practice with the capacity to develop competency in dialysis. (experience)
3. Demonstrated competence in planning, coordination and decision making in the management of patients, within the relevant practice setting. (experience)
4. Demonstrated ability to function as a team leader and team member (skills-based)
5. Demonstrated effective communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills (skills-based)
6. Demonstrated incorporation of quality and risk management within practice. (experience)
7. Current knowledge of legislative obligations for Equal Opportunity, Disability Services and Occupational Safety and Health, and how these impact on employment and service delivery. (knowledge)
8. Knowledge of the WA Health Aboriginal Cultural Learning Framework.(knowledge)
1. Knowledge of current health issues and the organisational culture of rural health services. (knowledge)
2. Demonstrated computer skills (skills)
Registered Nurse (Dialysis)
Job seeker mindset
Employer = Customer
Your Skills = Product
We are all self employed!
Where to start?