CV's and Cover Letters will typically take up the most amount of time and effort when preparing your ACE application to the NETP and NESP programme, so start preparing these documents to be ready before applications open on the 12th of April.

For more information about CV and Cover Letter preparation, head to careers.govt.nz or www.health.govt.nz/our-work/health-workforce/career-planning for more information and advice.

You are encouraged to communicate with and do some research on the employers that you have chosen to apply to. Information about your employers can be found by researching their career websites and asking key people in the organisation questions about their organisation. From this information you will come to understand that each employer has specific areas of practice that may be of interest to you. Some of these areas will be similar to other employers, some will be different and specific to that employer and the region that they cover; therefore, each cover letter should be very specific for the employer that you are interested in applying to. Cover letters should never be more than 1 page long appx 330 words. You should include:

Brief Introduction
Brief summary of your skills and abilities: You should clearly communicate your nursing philosophy to your prospective employers

Your main reasons for choosing each employer: You should first clearly state your main reasons for choosing that employer as one of your preferred places to work. Tell each employer why you are interested in a NETP/NESP position at that organisation and what you can offer them. Note that employers cannot see the order in which you've ranked them. We recommend you pay close attention when writing your cover letters and ensure that you are not addressing them to the incorrect employer. Your application will not seriously be considered if you are applying to Whanganui DHB and yet you are talking about why you want to work for Lakes DHB.

Practice settings: You can also choose up to 3 practice areas or specialties that you are interested to work in, and again there will be some differences in practice settings offered across the 3 employers that you have selected. For each employer you've selected, you should make every effort to include the full reasons why you have chosen your areas of clinical practice and why you have set these in your order of 1/2/3. Employers will be able to see your choices of specialty in the order you have selected them. If you are highly focused on gaining a position in your first chosen specialty area, you should say so. If you would be happy working in any one of your 3 choices, again you should note that on your cover letters. Please be aware that employers may offer you an interview in a practice setting that you did not select. It is recommended that you do not decline an interview in this case, but you should discuss this in further depth with the employer.

Finally, include any other details that you think are relevant to your application for a NETP/NESP position. You should also consider who you address your cover letter's to, our recommendations are as follows:

You should address your generic cover letter to:
Dear NetP Coordinator,
Kind Regards,

Each individual employer cover letter should be addressed to:
Employer DHB
Dear NetP Coordinator, (Employer names can be found in the employer information section).
Kind Regards,

ACE recommends addressing the letter to the NETP coordinator directly and include the full address of the organisation at the top left of your cover letter. This small attention to detail will signal to the coordinator that you are taking the time to address them individually. You can find an up to date version of their details in our employer information section. Remember to conclude your cover letter by thanking them for considering your application and leave all of your current contact information.