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How to Write a Foreign Nursing CV

Your foreign nursing CV includes all the information a potential employer will need to know to hire you. It’s different from a standard nursing resume—your CV (short for the Latin phrase Curriculum Vitae) contains your education and work experience, but also your achievements, awards, honors and publications. In short, your nursing CV is a longer and more detailed document that really lets a hiring manager understand who you are and what you’ve accomplished. Ready to get started writing this valuable document?

What to include in your CV

CVs are commonly used in academics, but are also popular for professionals looking for nursing jobs in the United States. That’s because your CV gives a very detailed description of your professional experience and achievements, to help a potential employer make a quick hiring decision. Your CV can include any of the following:

  • Choose your style. It can help to write your CV in a style that suits your industry. For foreign nurses looking to work in the United States, a formal, professional style is usually a safe bet.
  • Put important facts first. Hiring managers must be able to quickly scan your CV and pull out key information. For that reason, choose the most interesting, impressive factors on which to sell your skills and nursing abilities, and begin your CV with those.
  • Organize the content. After your opening (which includes your most important selling points!), structure your CV in a logical order. You may want to group information together in sections such as education, clinical skills, work experience, research, awards and achievements, publications, licenses and certifications, etc.
  • Be thorough but concise. Include just the facts and trim any unnecessary content. Bulleted lists work well to help your CV stay brief and to the point.
  • Tailor your CV to each job. This isn’t as time-consuming as it sounds. Customizing your CV can be as simple as reorganizing content so the skills and experience that directly apply to the travel nurse position come first.
  • Review and spell check. You can never be too careful when it comes to this step! The spell and grammar check on your computer may not catch everything, so be sure to read your resume backwards and forwards, and ask a friend, family member or co-worker to take a look.

Looking for a foreign nurse recruiter?

Working with MedPro Healthcare Staffing for foreign nurse recruitment can make it much faster and easier to find great nursing jobs in the U.S. Your recruiter will work with you every step of the way—to get your license in order, offer nurse resume tips, understand your career needs and make your transition to the U.S. as easy as possible.

To learn more about how to find a great nursing job as a foreign RN, contact MedPro Healthcare Staffing today or apply below!


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