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WHAT NOT TO DO
DO NOT PAD I have read resumes/CV that are 2 cms thick because someone has gone back and listed EVERY job they have ever held including the houshold chores for pocketmoney. Believe me after your first couple of interviews it becomes easy to spot teh padding and will often bian the person against you. Yes tehy want to know if you have work/life experience and if you can stick to a job but keep it brief.
Don't add in your merit award for sunday school unless that was in first aid or management of church restructuring. If it will fit i.e. show leadership skill then leave it in other wise bin it. Keep it relevant.
DO NOT hand in a handwritten note on torn faded coloured notepaper. Type it neatly and professionally. Plenty fo white space and a size 12 clean font. First impressions are vital
If you have to answer written quesitons for an application then DO NOT make your answers too wordy - your future employer will have probably had just 2 - 3 minutes to prepare for the interview and will not want to read 5 pages per question.
DO not dash off something at the last minute. Prepare ahead a(HOO! says me!)
DO not leave in grammatical errors. If the paper has poor grammar
and sentence structure it will leave the interviewer wondering about your charting skills. Read what you have written aloud to someone else and correct as neccessary before submitting.
Do not fail to sell yourself you have lots of sterling qualities - just the person they should be looking for - just let them know it.
AND WORST OF ALL DO NOT MAKE BRAGGART STATEMENTS, I sat on an interview panel for a higher level nursing position where one applicants resume had the statement "I have a bachelors degree in nursing which should be more than adequate for any job in this hospital." I did not say anything to my fellow interviewers but I knew when they had reached that statement by the indrawn breaths. Needless to say he did not get the job.
I hope this helps