A CV is a career roadmap of your professional experiences and educational background and qualifications. Even in this age of electronic application forms and e-portfolios, there is still a need for doctors to maintain and update curriculum vitae.
A CV is vital when you apply for a new position, when your consultant asks to review your experience and achievements to date, and when a colleague considers you for a committee positions.
The main aim of your CV is to present your personal history of education, profession and job qualifications with a strong emphasis on specific skills for that position.
Your CV reviewer will only have an average of 2 minutes to review your CV to determine furtherance. Thus, while preparing your CV strive for relevance, clear and to the point.
While making your CV, make sure your CV match the skills and experience to the specification of the applied post. A good CV will ease the recruiting body to determine whether the requisite skills and experience is relevant to the post followed by the shortlisting to an interview. Your CV will determine your invitation to the interview, an opportunity to showcase your details.
- Give them all the reasons to be there: A CV must give the reader enough information to explore relevant points during the interview. It’s still sensible if your CV is 3 to 8 pages long; make sure it’s in a qualitative form.
- Do not waste valuable space: Never include unnecessary pages like coversheet or index etc.
- Easy on the eye: make sure your CV does not contain different fonts and formats but use same font throughout and keep formatting to a minimum. We recommend using Times New Roman or Arial.
- Consistency: Ensure your layout, spacing and structure of your CV is consistent throughout.
- Avoid solid blocks of text: present your skills and experience in bullet points rather than in a paragraph, as it could be a bit daunting to the reader.
- Do not fabricate: Make sure you include fair facts only, if found fabrication may lose out on your application along with serious trouble with the GMC.
Sectioning areas of your experience, achievements and educational background into logical order of headings will showcase your CV great. It gives the reader a great deal of easiness and specification. I would recommend the headings and layout to structure your CV.
Include your full name and abbreviated qualifications, correspondence address, contact phone numbers, professional email address, date of birth, nationality and General Medical Council (GMC) registration number.
A chance to help your CV stand out immediately with a personal profile paragraph on the first page, outline your experience and skills to date relating to the position in the question. Make sure you include your short and long term goals.
List first qualifications obtained from an educational institution. Start from postgraduate qualifications, medical degrees and previous degrees. Also, include your other qualifications such as membership exams, PLAB test, ALS/ BLS etc.
List out your career history starting from your current position and followed by previous posts. Include full name of the institution, the duration and date you have worked there, your grade and specialty and the name of your supervisor.
You can either include your clinical experiences in each section of your career history or make a separate section to it. Remember to address any particular person’s description if needed.
Showcase managing experiences based on the medical Leadership Competency Framework. Such experience could be organising events, rota management, committee responsibilities or supervision of juniors etc.
List the courses and conferences including title of the course, course provider and location, date attended and its duration relating to your personal development.
Present your experience of research with topic of the research, time spent, location, supervisor, source of funding, aims of your role and its outcome.
Present your participation in clinical audit with the year of your completion, topic of audit, location or institution, your roles and the guidelines audited against.
Your research, clinical audit and teaching experience may publicize you and your work. You can list the publication date, title or topic, location and journal.
It’s a plus point as all medical professionals participate in teaching. You can include your learners like undergraduates or postgraduates, your methods of teaching and its duration.
Your extracurricular activities and interests show your ethics and showcase you as a sensible person.
List at least 2 referees from your previous and current workplace. Choose your referees wisely as they have to confirm your qualifications and experiences. Include the referee’s full name, specialty and grade, full address, phone number, fax number and email address.
A structured, clear and concise CV will secure you a post. Check again after the preparation, let others review it and accept feedbacks and amend where necessary. You whole career is a long journey; take time to present the best of it. It should be ready as opportunities are erratic.
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