What Physician CVs are REALLY Saying—Tips to Help you Read and Assess CVs Faster

Finding the right physician is like being a kid in a candy store: some options are clearly better than others, but there could be a surprise hiding behind obscure packaging. So how do you know which physician to hire, or at least interview, when you have a stack of CVs looming on your desk and not a lot of time to sort through them? There are a few techniques you can use to read and assess CVs faster, and get one step closer to hiring a new member of your dream team. Read on for key tips on how to do just this; most steps shouldn’t take more than 30 seconds.

Be careful what you post

Before you even begin accepting physician CVs, make sure the job description you’re posting clearly identifies what kind of physician you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a pathologist, but are actually looking for a pathologist with 15 years of experience that can lead a team, then include that specification. Don’t waste your time or potential physicians’ time by not being clear in what you’re looking for.

Make a list

Next, you’ll want to make a list of key values you’re looking for. This could be anything from specific residency experiences to character traits you feel the position requires. Identifying what is most important to you as a recruiter will help you quickly pick through which candidates match your needs and wants. You can even narrow these values down to keywords to look for when reading over the CV. Browse each CV for these key values and keywords. Eventually, knowing these can help you compare between two similarly qualified candidates.

Consider the overall impression

Now that you’ve got the resumes right in front of you, check for the overall impression you get with each one. Weed candidates out by asking yourself a few questions:

  • Is the resume professional, without any spelling or grammar mistakes?
  • Do you see the key values you’d hoped for?
  • What was their most recent physician role?
  • Did they progress within their roles, whether it was assuming more responsibilities as a young physician or pursuing leadership roles as a student?

Facebook recruiter Ambra Benjamin says, “… I’m wondering why the candidate is looking now. Are they laid off? Did they get fired? Have they only been in their role for a few months and they’re possibly hating it? But most importantly, is their most recent experience relevant to the position for which I’m hiring?” These are important questions to ask yourself when you’re skimming physician CVs.

Look for a tailored fit

“Tell me what I want to hear.” Don’t you wish you could ask this of every physician recruit with the understanding that they’ll answer truthfully and concisely? Ideally, physician recruits are putting what’s most important to you at the top of their CV. Look for ways in which the physician recruits bring understanding to the role you’re looking for. For example, if you’re looking to hire a pediatrician at your health group, then look for candidates that tailor their skills and experiences to prove they’ve had success in child health care and know what it takes to interact with young patients and their families. Picking up on how the physician cares about this position in particular shows they took the time to apply to a job that has meaning and purpose to them.

Embrace the feeling of being a kid in a candy store again the next time you look through CVs. When you know exactly what to look for, you’ll be able to narrow down the choices in no time. Want help finding the right physician? Schedule a demo with PhysEmp today.

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