Make your first impression count! Your resume is the first thing a potential employer sees, so it’s essential to make sure it’s polished and professional. Senior Search Consultants Jennifer Mortimore and Manny DeFranco have 30+ years of combined experience working with physicians. Their tips make it easy to improve your CV. Check out the sample resume (you can download your own copy here) and tips below:
- Spelling and grammar. Some of the most common resume errors come from spelling and grammar mistakes. It seems simple, but a potential employer could dismiss your CV at the first sight of a grammar or spelling error. Use the spell-check feature, but also have a friend (or one of our physician recruiters) review it as well.
- Don’t forget to include your contact information! You want to make it easy for a potential employer to contact you. Include your phone number and email address, but never include your social security number.
- Don’t omit key information. Make sure your Board Certification is front and center, as well as the state(s) you’re licensed in. If you’re looking for a job in a different state, make a note of why you’re moving and when you’re available to start. Ties to a particular area can make you more desirable to a potential employer.
- Keep your medical resume relevant. How frequently you update your CV will depend on your life experience, but generally you should update it to reflect new certifications, specialized training, or new responsibilities you’ve taken on in a role.
- Explain any gaps in experience or time off with a simple note. You want to keep the guesswork out of your CV, so it’s better to offer an explanation than let a potential employer guess. Being unemployed for a certain period of time isn’t necessarily a bad thing – you could have been volunteering, undergoing additional training, etc.
- Include your hobbies or volunteer work on your CV. Potential employers see dozens of medical CVs a day, so personal information adds another dimension to your resume. You should also include any other languages you speak.
- Keep formatting simple and easy to read. You don’t have to get too fancy with your formatting – make it easy to find pertinent information quickly. Use a consistent font throughout the document and make sure the most important things stand out, such as with a bold or bigger font.
- Put yourself in the shoes of potential employer. Make it easy for them to find what they are looking for, show you have attention to detail by keeping your formatting consistent, and make it easy for them to get in touch with you.
Before you send off your resume, you’ll want to run through this final checklist:
- Check for spelling and grammar mistakes
- Check your formatting, ensuring everything is in the same font, the spacing is uniform throughout, and bolding is consistent
- Check that the dates are in reverse chronological order
Hiring managers at hospitals and healthcare organizations receive numerous CVs each day. Be sure yours stands out and presents your skills and qualifications in the best light. If you need help, our team of specialty-specific recruiters offers free, confidential CV reviews. Contact us to get your own personal career consultant and your free medical resume review!