Decision-makers everywhere sort through hundreds of curriculum vitae (CV) every month. Although you may have great experience and qualifications, a CV that’s put together in a sloppy manner can set a negative first impression; thus, your CV can end up in the wrong pile. Luckily, the healthcare job placement experts at Mint Physician Staffing have some valuable tips that will make your CV stand out from the rest.
Employers want to see what you’ve been doing most recently, which is why a chronological CV is the most preferred format. Make sure you include the dates of employment of every job you’ve held and not just the years. If there are any gaps in your work history, provide short explanations. If you took time off for family or for personal reasons, be upfront and honest.
Depending on your medical specialty, including two to three bullet points of your responsibilities can help a decision-maker better understand your qualifications. For example, if you’ve been working in an Emergency Room, note the volume of the facility. If you’re a Hospitalist, state the number of times you performed certain procedures.
The placement of your education history depends on your experience. If you’ve been working for many years, your education history can come after your work history. Conversely, if you completed a residency or fellowship within the last few years, it’s often best to precede your work experience with your education history.
Modernize for The Digital Age
Don’t be afraid to use links in your CV. When listing your work experience, make the name of the facility where you worked at a hyperlink leading directly to the facility’s website. If a decision-maker wants to read more about the clinics or medical centers you’ve worked at, you’ve saved them time from having to find the websites on their own. This can be particularly helpful if you have an extensive work history.
Many physicians getting their feet wet with social media start by joining LinkedIn. In 2014, LinkedIn reported having over 2 million North American doctors and nurses using its platform. A great way to show a Medical Director that you are tech-savvy is by adding a LinkedIn button that links to your profile in the heading of your CV, under your name, email address, and phone number. If you’re not on LinkedIn, try including a link to your Doximity profile instead.
Including your publications can easily make a two-page CV into a novel of George R.R. Martin proportions. Medical Directors are most concerned with experience, and that’s what they want to see. Save them the burden of flipping through endless pages to find the information they care most about. This is not to say that you should not be proud of your publications. In fact, creating a separate document for your publications is highly encouraged.
Submit a Microsoft Word or PDF Document
Submit your CV as a Microsoft Word document or PDF file. Do not send your CV as an image file, such as a JPEG. Avoid filetypes that aren’t widely used, such as Apple Pages. If you must send it over as a Google Doc, ensure that you’ve granted the recipient the proper permissions. Never send a copy of your CV that is an obvious photocopy, scan, screenshot, or photo taken by your smartphone camera. Remember, the presentation is just as important as content.
A well-organized CV is integral in getting you past the initial screening and landing you an actual interview. When you’ve completed typing up your CV, give it a second, and even a third glance over. If you’re working with a Mint Physician Staffing recruiter and healthcare job placement specialist, ask them to glance over it and provide feedback. After all, they know the client well enough to know exactly what they’re looking for.
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