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Locuming 101 – The lost art of writing a CV

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Your CV is a digital representation of your professional career to date so its no wonder that employers still pay close attention to the quality of your CV. In this blog post, we’ll go through all of the steps required to create an eye-catching and comprehensive CV that shows off your talent.

1) Templates are a great starting point.

You don’t need to re-invent the wheel when you’re creating your CV and thanks to the power of the internet, a simple search for CV templates will bring you a choice of thousands of CV templates to use as you wish but beware! Locum agencies attached to Frameworks, require you to provide a CV that goes beyond what you would normally expect. For instance, if you’re considering Locuming, any gap in employment longer than 2 weeks must be accounted for on your CV so before you begin using a standard template you may want to find a locum-specific CV template that guides you on these requirements.

Luckily, the Locum Passport have you covered, and you can download our free template here.

2) Remember the Date!

As with any CV, yours will need to accurately reflect your time in education and in employment. To make this easier, have your key documents ready so you can call on them to find out the date, grade and location of any training, learning and work you have undertaken. It’s really important that you get these right. Any discrepancy can lead to a delay in you getting out to work.

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3) Concise descriptions are Key!
Your CV should ideally fit on to one page so it’s important that you write clearly and concisely. While our lives will one day make great memoirs, your CV isn’t the right place to begin them! Instead, focus on the information that employers will be looking for - the key skills you used, the responsibility of your role and any new skills you learnt. You should be able to get all of this down in a few sentences which will make for easy reading for an employer. If your CV contains all of this key information, any further questions an employer has will likely be asked during a quick phone call or interview to find out more about you.
4) First impressions count!
This one is pretty self-explanatory, make sure your CV looks good, you’ve justified the text and made it clear and easy to read. It’s also a great idea to use a spell check! We love Grammarly, a free tool that checks your spelling and grammar.
  • The Locum Passport CV template.
5) Make sure you're seen!
You’ve probably spent a couple of hours on your CV by now, it’s looking great and reading flawlessly. You’re now ready to get yourself out there and if you have a role in mind, get it transferred to the employer and consider sending a courtesy email a few days later to confirm they have received it. 
If you don’t have a specific job in mind, you just want to explore new opportunities consider reading our blogs on joining locum agencies and agency dating. You may have heard of the Locum Passport, an app that will combine your CV with your compliance data and transfer to it agencies up and down the country. If you need a helping hand finding new roles, check out the app here.
6) Updating your CV.
This is perhaps the one part of writing a CV that is often overlooked the most. You’ve just completed a job and you’ve likely gained more skills and experience, so make your hard work count in securing your next role. Update your CV regularly to give employers a good understanding of what you're capable of and also how quickly you’re able to develop and learn new skills. 
We hope you find this post useful when creating your CV, don’t forget to check out our CV template if you haven’t already. If you have any other tips and tricks, please comment below to help out your other locum colleagues!

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