4 tips to perfect your CV


The beginning of your last year of training is when you’ll want to refresh and update your CV. 

Your CV will act as an introduction to potential employers, and is a summary of your background. Its goal is to clearly outline your credentials for a professional position.

You may not have touched it since applying for residency, so time to brush it off and add to it the additional skills you have acquired during training. 

Your CV may get only 30 to 60 seconds of consideration by a potential employer, so remember that your CV is your chance to impress. 

Tip 1: Remember the four C’s: clear, current, concise, and curated.

The purpose of your CV’s content should be attract positive attention and to generate action on the part of a potential employer. 

So keep your CV clear and current, with your education and professional qualifications leading the way. Recruiters look at those elements first, so make sure to put those front and center.

Your CV should reflect your most current accomplishments, so when refreshing it make sure it contains all of your updated education, and experience information. Keeping it concise will really highlight your most important accomplishments.

Most importantly, curate your CV to each position you are applying for. For example, if you’re looking for an academic position, make sure to highlight any research that you have published.

Tip 2: Think about what you’re not including, too.

Include your contact information as well as information about your education, internships, residencies, fellowships, board certifications, and professional honors and affiliations.

Don’t include acronyms or abbreviations without defining them, and don’t add personal information such as non-medical work experience that does not relate to your role as a medical professional. 

Only include work experience that is not directly relevant to the position for which you’re applying if it shows off additional skills that can translate to the position.

Other things to leave off of your CV include your marital status, religious preference, and hobbies.

Tip 3: Don’t forget to consider your CV’s format.

Remember how potential employers usually spend less than a minute reviewing CVs at the screening stage? 

Because of this, making your CV easy to read will benefit you by quickly presenting information pertinent to the position in a clear fashion to recruiters.

Along with clarity, maintain consistency in your formatting. In fact, the format of your resume is nearly as important as its content.

Use a simple, professional font. Keep the structure of your phrases and dates consistent throughout the document. 

And don’t worry about using a fancy or unusual design to stand out. Often an unusual design can backfire by making it harder for a potential employer to find the information they’re looking for.

And while recruiters usually don’t want to look at a 10-page CV, squeezing too much text onto a single page isn’t great either. 

After all, a potential employer isn’t going to get out a magnifying glass to look over your CV!

It can make it difficult to read, when your goal should be to make your qualifications stand out. 

Tip 4: Ask someone else to look at it.

Also ask someone else to read it over and think about your CV from a potential employer’s perspective. 

Do you seem like a good candidate? Most importantly, really think about how you want to organize your information to make reflect the image you want to present to potential employers! 

If you want to go the extra mile and make sure that you have the “callback potential” that will help you land your dream position, hire a CV expert to review yours and make sure that you’re putting your best foot forward.

But be careful if you decide to use a professional! Make sure to go to one who has experience with physicians.

Just as in academia, the CV requirements for physicians are different from many other fields, so don’t use a general “resume expert” but try to find a specialist.

And finally…

Don’t forget that your CV is your introduction to a potential employer. It’s your way to put your best foot forward and showcase your talents.

So keep these tips in mind as you start editing your CV, and you’ll be able to find the best position for you!


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