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Lesson 1: Preparing Your CV

Dotting the i’s and Crossing the t’s in Your CV

Your CV is important because it’s often one of the first thing a potential employer will see. Think of it as a first impression, but on paper.

Here’s your checklist for a complete – but succinct – curriculum vitae:

  1. Name and contact info including:
    • Email address. 
    • Phone Number
    • LinkedIn and Doximity profiles. 
    • Your personal website, if applicable. 

  2. Objective/personal statement. Here’s your chance to stand out from the pack! Summarize your experience and what you have to offer.
  1. Work history, keeping in mind the following: 
    • Start with your present or most recent position.
    • Be sure to account for any gaps in your work history. 
    • Make sure to note any locums or moonlighting work you completed. 
  1. Education and training, starting with your most recent degree at the top. Remember to include dates you attended and graduated:
    • Fellowships, internships and residencies.
    • Medical school.
    • Graduate school.
    • Undergrad degree.
  1. Board certifications, states of licensure and any other certifications (such as DEA). 

  2. Awards, honors and grants. Show off what you’ve accomplished! Include invited speaking engagements and scholarships.

  3. Publications, bibliography style.

Now, have one or two of your best wordsmith friends give your CV a thorough review for typos, gaps or other mistakes. Save your CV in a variety of formats so it’ll be ready to go for different employers: PDF, Word, HTML and plain text.

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