Lesson 1: Preparing Your CV
Dotting the i’s and Crossing the t’s in Your CV
Your CV is important because it’s often one of the first thing a potential employer will see. Think of it as a first impression, but on paper.
Here’s your checklist for a complete – but succinct – curriculum vitae:
- Name and contact info including:
- Email address.
- Phone Number
- LinkedIn and Doximity profiles.
- Your personal website, if applicable.
- Objective/personal statement. Here’s your chance to stand out from the pack! Summarize your experience and what you have to offer.
- Work history, keeping in mind the following:
- Start with your present or most recent position.
- Be sure to account for any gaps in your work history.
- Make sure to note any locums or moonlighting work you completed.
- Education and training, starting with your most recent degree at the top. Remember to include dates you attended and graduated:
- Fellowships, internships and residencies.
- Medical school.
- Graduate school.
- Undergrad degree.
- Board certifications, states of licensure and any other certifications (such as DEA).
- Awards, honors and grants. Show off what you’ve accomplished! Include invited speaking engagements and scholarships.
- Publications, bibliography style.
Now, have one or two of your best wordsmith friends give your CV a thorough review for typos, gaps or other mistakes. Save your CV in a variety of formats so it’ll be ready to go for different employers: PDF, Word, HTML and plain text.
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