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Lesson 1: Preparing Your CV

Dotting the i’s and Crossing the t’s in Your CV

Your CV is super important because it can often be your first impression with a potential employer!

Here’s your checklist for a complete – but succinct – curriculum vitae:

  1. Name and contact info (email address, phone number, LinkedIn profile, etc.).
  2. Objective/personal statement. Here’s your chance to stand out from the pack! Summarize your experience and what you have to offer.
  3. Work history, starting with your present or most recent position. Be sure to account for any gaps in your work history. Also make sure to note any locums on moonlighting work you completed.
  4. Education and training, including:
    • Fellowships, internships and residencies.
    • Medical school.
    • Graduate school.
    • Undergrad degree.

Start with your most recent degree at the top. Remember to include dates you attended and graduated.

  1. Board certifications and states of licensure. Include any other certifications such as DEA.
  2. Awards, honors and grants. Show off what you’ve accomplished! Include invited speaking engagements and scholarships.
  3. 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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