When creating a CV, your first objective should be to make the reader’s job as easy as possible.
Will the reader find this information relevant? Let that question guide you throughout the CV-building process. Organized information and a simple layout will help you get your foot in the door.
Follow these do’s and don’ts to create the perfect CV:
These tips, tailored for physicians and residents, are from the Association of American Medical Colleges and Wanda Parker, the 2017-2018 president of the National Association of Physician Recruiters.
Do: Avoid the rejection pile
Spellcheck and a proofreader should quickly become your best friends: Bad grammar and spelling are the most common reasons CVs get thrown in the rejection pile, Parker says.
Do: Make sure to include …
- Your name and contact information clearly at the top
- Your board eligibility or board certification
Don’t: Include the following, to protect your privacy …
- Your social security number
- State license numbers
- DEA numbers
While an employer might eventually ask for these things, they’re not necessary to include on a CV, Parker says.
You can also omit …
- Test scores
Employers will be more interested in your board eligibility or certification, Parker notes.
Don’t include personal information like your …
- Spouse and children
- Sexual orientation
- Date of birth
“You don’t need to hide these things, but there’s no reason to out them on a professional resume,” Parker says.
Do: Show who you are by including your …
- Volunteer work
- Mission trips
- Special interests
“These items give a picture of the individual and what he or she is involved with in the community,” Parker says.
Do: Emphasize your role by putting dates on the right-hand side of your CV, instead of displaying them above or next to your title.
Do: Take as many pages as you need.
There’s no hard limit to the number of pages a CV can be, Parker says. However, you’ll want to make sure that all of the information included is relevant, concise and necessary.