Working Less Hours In Healthcare

In a time where people think it’s the norm to work the usual 9 to 5 routine with a strict set of hours, it’s refreshing to see a new wave of workers throwing tradition aside to explore the advantages of choosing their own schedules. Not only does it allow the flexibility to indulge in your passions but it’s been shown in studies in Sweden that working less hours can actually result in increased productivity. Creating a good work-life balance will lead to happier workers and positivity is the greatest motivation you can have for any task.

Beyond having a more fulfilling life, long extensive hours can have a directly negative impact on your health. High numbers of working hours have been linked to the development of depression and even heart disease. With such great benefits to altering the amount you work or even fitting it to a better schedule for your particular lifestyle it seems like a no-brainer for people to take advantage of the new style of employment. Of course everyone is different and longer hours may suit some, which is why it’s so important to allow everyone to tailor their own experience.

A study of 68 nurses working less hours to suit themselves in Swedish retirement homes resulted in half as many sick days being used, less holiday booked, increased happiness, increased productivity and with increased energy were able to do 64% more activities with the residents.


10 CV tips to get you started

Top Ten CV Tips

Remember, a great CV will get your foot in the door.  


Keep it professional. Your resume is a business document, so it must be professional. Your resume is no place for gimmicks, pictures, or funny e-mail addresses (Time to lose the e-mail you set up at age fourteen that got so many laughs from your friends). Although you may think you look great in your picture or your e-mail address is funny, this is not required on your CV. You may think it looks great, but your employer may disagree.  


The more targeted your CV is, the better you have at landing an initial interview. Employers want to know exactly what you can do for their company. It is important you tailor each CV to each job (it will only take a few sentences to do this). Get rid of any information that is not required for a particular job. This will alleviate the tendency to overcrowd your CV with too much irrelevant information.  


A well-written, concise resume will make a greater impression with your employer than a long winded “padded” resume. Use positive action words such as: enhanced, influenced, restructured, and attained. This will add that extra boost to your resume. On the same hand, avoid everyday buzz words. Remember, your resume needs to focus on your key skills and achievements. Words such as “hard worker,” “reliable” and “ambitious” can have a more detrimental effect on your CV as these words are seen as adding no value to the CV.  


Your CV is a marketing document. Promote and sell yourself! Do not be scared to sell your skills, accomplishments, and abilities. If you don’t tell the employer, no one else will. Focus on what you can offer the business rather than what the business can offer you. Emphasize your skills, especially the ones the job is asking for. An employer wants to know you have the relevant skills for that particular job. If a care home is hiring a carer, and you’ve already worked as one, make your skills stand out and take centre stage. Just like with the example of skimming over the magazines, you need your employer to take one glance at your CV and want to read on.  


Very important – the one size fits all approach does not work here. Every job is different, and depending on what the job is, you need to make sure you tweak your CV (and cover letter) for that particular job. Ask yourself, “What job am I going for, and does my CV have the skills and strengths required to present to my future employer?” Tailoring your CV to the specific job you’re going for will show the hiring manager you are serious about working for their organization.  


Quality not quantity! Your CV is not a life story. Stick to the facts— using irrelevant data, waffling, and padding your CV are detrimental. Let your skills and experience do the talking for you.  


Forget about fancy fonts or clever uses of italics. Keep it simple. Your CV is not meant to be a work of art to be displayed on the wall. Not only can it be hard to read, but there are multiple scanning software programs that might be unable to read it, meaning it will end up being deleted before even being opened.  


Every word program these days has spell check—USE IT! No I’m being serious please use it. Poor spelling and grammar will immediately land your CV in the “deleted items” box. It is hard enough to get an interview do not let yourself down with basic spelling mistakes. Re-read every word yourself, and get someone else to read it as well.  


Be sure your CV is written in a commonsense way—in order, logical, and easy to read. Be consistent throughout your resume with your margins, fonts, and line spacing. Don’t be scared to accentuate your skills or achievements with a different style of font or by using a bold font (but remember keep it simple. There is a fine line of going overboard when using different font styles). Consistency shows professionalism.  


Unless you are directly asked about money, do not mention it. Keep your cards close to your chest. Do not rule yourself out before you even begin because of money.