How to apply for nursing jobs
It is important to make a good first impression when you are applying for nursing jobs. Having all your documents in order will help you secure an interview. Being well organized makes it easier to apply to numerous jobs, which will increase your chance of being hired. A cover letter, CV and selection criteria document should be included in your application.
Applying for a nursing job:
A cover letter allows you to introduce yourself to your potential employers and it is a summary of your skills and experience. The letter should be clear and to the point. Use a professional tone and state which job you are applying for. It is advisable to write a few sentences about the organization that is advertising nursing vacancies to show that you have taken the time to understand your potential employers.
Your CV should be professional and informative. Include relevant job experience on your CV and start your employment history with your most recent position. List your qualifications and any additional training that you have received. Remember to include the dates that you studied and from which institution you received your qualification. Your personal information and the nursing organizations that you are affiliated with should also be added to this document.
Job positions often list selection criteria. You should include a separate document which states how you meet each of the relevant criteria. This document should be concise and focus on the value that you will add to the organization.
If you want to work as a nurse it is necessary to complete a training course that has been accredited by the South African Nursing Counsel. Students can obtain a Bachelor of Nursing at a University and this qualification takes four years. Nursing Colleges offer diplomas and nurses can specialize by completing advanced courses. Auxiliary nurses can obtain certification through training hospitals. Once a nurse has qualified it is necessary to register with the South African Nursing Counsel.