Drafting a CV

Craig A. Fowler
PhysicianCareer.com Staff Writer

When beginning your job search, having a professional resume (aka Curriculum Vitae) is very important. This document is the first thing your recruiter and/or hiring authority will ask to see. It is a written compilation of your successes. It is important to put a bit of effort into drafting this important history of your accomplishments

When drafting a CV consider implementing the following suggestions:

Remember, there is no hard and fast rule on how it should be written. Placing your education and work experience in chronological order is a good start. Noting the month and year for each entry is very important. This allows the reader to see that there are no gaps in education or employment. If there are any gaps or changes in residency/fellowship, it is important to note the reasons why. When doing this on a Resume/CV remember to keep it concise, you can explain the details on the phone interview.

When determining the layout of your CV, remember the K.I.S.S. concept (Keep It Simple Stupid). Use bullets, not prose. Use headings and white space when possible. The days of keeping your resume/CV to one page are long gone. With email being the primary means to transmit a CV, there is no need to limit your CV to one page. So, spacing it out with headings and using a professional and pleasant font, is acceptable. That being said, unless the CV is for an academic position, there is no need to include all of your publications when sending a CV to a recruiter for an open position. I would recommend keeping 2 CV’s. One that functions like a Resume, then a more comprehensive academic CV.

Lastly, it is not necessary to include your references on your CV. A statement such as “references available upon request” is sufficient but not required. When it is time to follow-up with references, you will be asked. It is important to have the references accessible with current contact information.

In closing, the following may help you keep perspective while drafting your CV. The goal of the resume/CV is to get a phone call, the goal of the phone call is to get an interview, the goal of the interview is to get an offer. The CV is the first of many steps toward the goal of getting an offer!

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