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What did you do to make yourself stand out during the application and interview process? (volunteer, qualifications/skills/experience on your resume)

I am in the beginning of my career and dream of becoming a midwife nurse. I am in the process of applying for nursing programs and would like to know more about what I can do to prepare myself for the best outcome. #nursing #midwife

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Rebecca’s Answer

Firstly, you would need to read thoroughly on the job post to understand the job specification, i.e. what is the employer requirement? And, you have to think how your qualification and experience match with their requirement.
Then, you need to customize your CV and cover letter (if necessary) to highlight on the points that matching the requirement. Also, you do not require to prepare a 'super' long cv. It should not longer than 4 pages.
When you are offered an interview opportunities, you may do some research on the company background. Practise how to introduce yourself that highlight what you possess that matching their requirement. Also, think about on the questions that the interviews may ask and prepare the reply. You may need to practice the above.
On the other hand, ensure you put on appropriate clothes or the interview and plan for the transport to attend the interview and arrive the venue at least 5-10 min.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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José Carlos’s Answer

Most of the work you do in an interview is done *before* the interview. The best thing to do is to research about the company, learn about their mission, what are their challenges, and how can you position yourself to help them.

And then, very important, during the interview do not answer with "I" but with "you".  This sounds obvious but a lot of people miss it: the company do not want to hire you to help you, they want to hire for you to help them. So, for example, id you are asked "why do you want to join us?" do not answer "because I am the best" but instead "because you have this problem, and I can help you solve it".

José Carlos recommends the following next steps:

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Claire’s Answer

I would make sure your story makes sense. Tie together your volunteer activities, experiences, and education so that when you "tell interviewers about yourself", it's clear why the next logical step in your life is this nursing program. It should make sense how everything you've done before has somehow prepared you for this program and next step. Even if your previous jobs and education aren't nursing-specific, I'm sure there are some skills you've picked up that would make you a fantastic midwife. Make sure to highlight that!

I would also look at nursing-specific volunteer activities or internships so that you demonstrate that you know what nursing actually entails. I think that will help make you a competitive candidate.


Claire recommends the following next steps:

Craft your life "story"
Engage in nursing-specific activities (jobs, internships, volunteer work)
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