You are not the same doctor you were five, 10 or even 20 years ago. You are more refined now – aged, like good wine. It might be time to make a change that reflects that bit of personal growth, like maybe moving into a more consistent hospital role. You got it, you worked hard for it and now it’s time to flaunt it.
If 2017 is going to be your year, take your curriculum vitae to the next level by adding a little bit of spit and polish to it. You have an impressive list of credentials, but you need to showcase them appropriately because even finely aged cheese requires something extra to make it stand out.
Update Your Information
If you haven’t looked at your CV in a few years, your information probably needs to be updated. Relevancy is vital for your CV, so be sure everything is as up-to-date and exact as possible. Review and update these sections in your CV in detail:
- Your personal contact information
- Your employment history (and their dates)
- Your education
- Any licenses and certifications
- Professional Memberships
Move the Dates to the Back of the Line
The days of listing dates on top of titles or degrees are gone. If you are on the shortlist for a position, you’ll have about two minutes to make an impression and highlight the important details. Today’s medical employers want to see the most pertinent information, but in a way that doesn’t waste their time.
Attending Physician, 2004-2016
St. Francis Hospital, New York, NY
Put the dates after the title and the city after the name of the facility. This allows someone to quickly see what you were doing and at what facility in just a few seconds. The date at the back of the line rule applies to all sections of your CV from education to work history to medical affiliations.
Do a Double Take
Accuracy is critical on your CV. The spit and the polish stage is a good time to double check your facts. Any recruiter is likely to check for accuracy, so if he or she finds an error, you’re going to smell bad and not in a fine cheese way. This is especially important when listing compliance information like licensures and boards examinations. Don’t work from memory – you’re aged, remember?
Show Your CV to Someone You Trust
The goal is two-fold:
- A second pair of eyes to check grammar, spelling, and flow
- Someone to provide feedback on the appearance of the document
Your CV needs to be appealing to the eye with a professional look. After using spell check, be sure to have someone else make sure you didn’t make any spelling or grammar mistakes – after all, spell check isn’t foolproof.
- Is it easy to read?
- Does it look professional?
- Can you scan it quickly and pick out the critical information?
- Do you offer enough detail or too much?
- Does your layout make sense?
- Is the formatting consistent? Are all the titles bold, for example?
Theses are questions you need to ask yourself and anyone who proofreads the CV for you.
Entering the job market after years of as a working physician is a daunting concept. If you start the process by enhancing your CV, it will help build your confidence plus give you a powerful asset. Next, upload your CV to PhysEmp and search for the perfect job that meets your ongoing career goals.