Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is viewed as a first impression. Remember, you are most likely competing against other physicians for the same job and you want to elicit the best possible response from a potential employer. Make your CV as easy to understand as possible intending for a potential employer to read the entire document. State your expectations in a clear and concise manner so that they are fully understood. There is a good deal of structure necessary in preparing a quality CV. Here are some helpful tips that will prove to be useful.
Begin with your full name, address, phone number, Email address, fax number, and any other numbers such as pager and cell phone. Identify the best phone number to reach you and include some times you might be available to accept a call.
List every undergraduate school, medical school, residency program, and fellowship that you have attended. The education section should include as many details as possible. List each and every program you have attended including any residency programs you may have withdrawn from. Be sure to include the reasons for not completing any of these programs. Accurate dates are crucial since a potential employer is still forming early impressions of you.
List all places of employment since graduating from medical school. Clearly state each reason for leaving a position in your cover letter and not in your CV. When listing your employment history begin with your most recent job and detail all responsibilities including specific procedures you have performed. If possible keep your CV to three (3) pages or less.
Licensing and Credentials
List every state in which you are actively licensed. Include all board certifications, including year and specialty.
List at least three (3) quality references. Include the name of each reference, their title, phone numbers and current address. Make sure these references are professional and not personal. Professional references may include a direct supervisor, a past residency director or even someone with whom you have trained.
Obtain approval from each person before listing them as a reference. They will only be contacted by us or a possible employer with prior consent.
In your cover letter explain any special situations that you have encountered. Potential employers will want to know in detail why you left a position.
Physicians who are coming out of a residency program or fellowship must list the types of procedures they wish to perform. Also state any expectations you desire in a new medical practice, including the work environment.
Do not include information about license revocations, malpractice suits, or lost DEA numbers in your CV. List these special circumstances in your cover letter.
Make certain that you include a cover letter specific to each employer and include any personal qualities that may be relevant to the listed position.
Three key elements to a professional CV are to keep it clear, concise and factual.