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Personal Profiles, Career Statements, Career Objectives… YAY or NAY?

I get this question all the time. Do I need one of those on my cv? Well, that is an interesting one. How long have we got?

Let’s see, do you need a potato peeler in your kitchen drawer? Some people would say no, since it’s just another item cramping your drawer, and a good knife does the same job. Other people would say it’s essential as it makes the job a lot easier. There’s no consensus. Well, cv personal statements, career objectives or whatever you want to call them are just like potato peelers. Continue Reading

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Recruiting nurses in the post-Francis NHS

After high mortality rates were registered in Stafford hospital in 2008, a full investigation and public enquiry were carried out. The outcome of the latter, The Francis Report, was published earlier this year, telling a grim story of negligence and unaccountability. Of course the appalling standards of practice displayed by nurses then are not generalised. However, no-one can deny that the public eye is, more than ever, on the nursing profession, and that the Francis Report will have an impact on how nurses are recruited. Continue Reading

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Keep calm and carry on!

When you have been job hunting for some time, it’s easy to fall into a downward spiral of negative thoughts. You start by thinking something upsetting. This thought leads to another, and before you know it, you are going deeper and deeper and you are out of control. Negative thinking is the job seeker’s worst enemy. If you go to a job interview thinking that you are not going to get the job, chances are your prediction will become true. You will come across as unconfident and your interviewers will pick up on this.

Some people will tell you that breaking the chain is difficult. But isn’t that a negative thought in itself? Well, let me tell you, it can be done! Continue Reading