Crafting a high-quality CV is an essential step for medical professionals The curriculum vitae (Latin for “the course of life”) replaces resumes in the medical field, making it one of the most important tools you have when seeking employment. Writing an impressive CV can be the deciding factor in whether or not you land the position you want.
Proper formatting is essential for making a good first impression.
- Type your CV up on a computer. Do not hand-write your CV or use a typewriter.
- Choose a readable font, print in black ink, and use white or off-white paper.
- Put your name and full contact information at the top of the first page.
- Have your name and email address in a header at the top of every page, just in case the pages get separated.
- Use sample CVs and CV templates from the internet to get a good feel for proper formatting.
What to Include
Gather all the information you think you might want to include and sort it into categories before you start writing your CV. You might not need all these categories, but they’re a good place to start:
- Contact information and personal data.
- Education background.
- Scholarships, honors, and awards.
- Medically relevant employment experiences.
- Professional affiliations and memberships.
- Research work.
- Publications, presentations and other activities.
- Service and leadership activities.
There isn’t a single standard format for organizing a CV so you’re free to arrange your information the way that fits you best.
- Put the most important and impressive information first.
- Keep potential employers in mind when writing your CV. The CV should highlight your qualifications for the type of job you’re looking for.
- Cover everything. Unlike resumes, CVs are usually at least two pages long (and somethings three or more).
- Be concise. Though CVs are longer than a resume you still want yours to be professional and stay on-topic.
- Use positive language throughout and when you need to talk about bad experiences, highlight what you learned from the process or which skills you developed.
- Have specific examples. Don’t just tell people you have the skills; show that you have experience applying your knowledge.
Be sure to review your CV before sending it. You don’t want to make a bad first impression because you forgot to proofread!
- When applying to specific jobs, see if you need to edit your CV to better highlight your qualifications for that particular position. (Remember to save your original CV in a separate document so you can go back to it again.)
- Edit your CV very carefully for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and formatting errors.
- Have a friend, family member, or professional read over your CV to check for errors. If you’re looking for a job through RadCoverage, we’ll be happy to help you edit and prepare your CV.