The curriculum vitae (Latin for “the course of life”) replaces resumes for medical professionals. As such, it’s one of the most important tools you have when looking for a new job. Your CV presents your education, skills, and professional history to potential employers and is often the deciding factor as to whether or not you get an interview.
Before looking for work, you’ll want to make sure your CV is as good as you can possibly make it. And we want to help you do just that, starting with these seven tips for creating an irresistible CV.
1) Best Foot Forward
You’ll want to put your name and contact information at the top of the first page. Beyond that, there isn’t a single standard format for organizing your CV. You’re free to put the most important, and most impressive, information first.
2) Divide Things Up
While the exact order you present your information is up to you, you do want to keep things organized in a way that’s easy to follow. Divide your information up with clear section headings. Suggested sections include “Education Background,” “Licensure/Certification,” “Professional Experience,” and “Honors and Awards.” Look at sample CVs for other ideas.
3) Keep It In Order
Within each section, make sure you present information in a reverse chronological way. When people reading your CV look at each section, the most recent information should always be at the top of the list.
4) Be (Professionally) Yourself
Be careful of copying the styles of other CVs too closely. You want your own voice to come through, but in a professional way. Keep the wording business appropriate and choose a neat, consistent format for your layout.
5) Cover Everything
While most resumes are only one page long, a CV covers more information and is usually at least two pages long. Focus on conveying all the relevant information in a concise way. You can go over two or three pages, but keeping our CV both short and informative makes it easier for recruiters to read the whole thing.
6) Stay Positive
Your CV is often a prospective employer’s first look at what you can do. Keep their first impression good by talking about your experiences in a concrete, positive light. When you need to talk about bad experiences, highlight what you learned from the process or which skills you developed. And when you’re talking about your successes, use specific examples to illustrate your claims.
7) Get A Second Opinion
Because a CV is such an important professional document, it’s a good idea to have someone else look it over, preferably someone who knows what a strong CV should look like. Part of RadCoverage’s services include assistance with CV preparation. When you look for an oncology position through us, we’ll help you with the entire process, including writing a CV that’s sure to impress potential employers.