No matter the type of work you are looking for, in the healthcare field your Curriculum Vitae, or CV, is essential. It sets you apart from other physicians and serves to advertise your strengths and experience. If you work in locum tenens, chances are that the people reviewing your CV might not even meet you. For these reasons it’s imperative to have a stellar CV. Read on to find out how to create one.
Start With a Template.
You should start by using a word processing program like Microsoft Word. There are many templates online that will help you format your CV consistently. Having inconsistent spacing, different types and sizes of fonts, or certain colors may make your CV difficult to read and understand. By starting a template, you can eliminate those issues and create a consistent, easy to read CV.
Present your job history in reverse chronological order.
Ensure you do not omit all the relevant job experience you’ve had, starting with the most recent. If, as a physician, you’ve had 10 years or more of experience, highlight the most recent five jobs with the month and year, as well as the start and end dates. If you don’t remember exact the dates, you may make your best guess or take a look at your paychecks or the emails you sent to have an idea of the timeline. Also, endeavor to include your residency if you are a new doctor.
Use numbers to back up your achievement.
Use figures to impress the recruiter about your performance. Rather than saying you managed the emergency room department of a large facility, you could state the number of people on the team you led, the number of patients you cared for daily, as well as the readmission percentage rate.
Make your CV Easier to Read with Bullet Points.
After listing your job history on the CV, ensure to highlight at least three points below each job and expatiate on some of your duties and achievements. Each task and achievement should be separated with a bullet point, and try to limit the explanations to a single line, using active verbs at the beginning of each phrase.
Your Education and Certification Must Be At the Top of Your CV.
Employers will want to see your degrees and certification, so endeavor to list them at the beginning of your CV. List the degree you acquired and the awarding university, as well as the city it is located, and your year of graduation. Certifications and licenses must also be included and should be separated by bullet point to make them legible.
Be honest about your qualifications.
If you have gathered only a little experience in a particular department, instead of including it in the skills section of your CV or making it sound like you’ve worked in that department for years, it is better to leave it out. It is a bad idea to make exaggerations on your CV because soon enough, someone will find out the truth about you. Besides, questions may also come from a specialty, and you may not be able to answer them.
Make it concise and sweet.
No matter your skills, work experiences, and professional achievements, your CV must never be longer than four pages. Therefore, do not include any unnecessary information to keep it short; the more concise, the sweeter it is. You may list references on a separate page and only provide them if a recruiter asks. You don’t also have to include the “references available on request” line. Highlight the most important things that an employer will be most in interested in at the top of your CV, such as work history and education, and keep less important sections, such as volunteer work on the second page. You don’t have to include hobbies and other personal information on your CV because employers, apart from skills that would be profitable to the facility, are not interested in such.
Avoid spelling and grammar mistakes on your CV as they can be pronounced and could be the reason a recruiter is choosing another candidate. Always ensure that your CV is free from any error by proofreading it severally, reading it aloud to yourself to make sure it flows well and no word is omitted. You can also use spell-checker on your computer to check and correct all manners of typos. If possible, ask someone else to help you proofread and give you feedback.
Make your CV shine and standout from the crowd by spending a little extra time to reorganize, streamline, and edit your CV. A unique CV can get you an interview, giving you an opportunity to prove yourself further and land the job.