Tips for Crafting a Medical CV

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Published: 14 May 2017      

While we have examined some more general tips for creating CVs in the past, it must be recognized that writing medical CVs offers something of an additional challenge. After all, the document needs to ably demonstrate your abilities while remaining concise enough to actually be readable.

With that in mind, we have decided to put together a few tips for the medical CV writer, to ensure he or she is able to show what they have to offer and raise their chances of getting the job they’re aiming for.

No Set Length

A lot of people will tell you that a good CV shouldn’t exceed a couple of pages in length. This is suitable for most types of job, but with a medical CV, you should be looking to include as much important information as possible. If you have participated in a lot of studies or held a wide range of positions, this will mean the document drags out past the two-page mark. That is perfectly fine. The key is structuring the document so each section is clear. Your general information should start, followed by relevant job information, including any education that contributed to a role, such as an internship or residency. Follow that with other important information, such as studies contributed to or papers published.

No Wasted Space

If you CV extends beyond a couple of pages you may be tempted to include a cover or contents sheet. Avoid both, as they really only serve as distractions away from the important information that the CV contains. Start the document where it starts and use a cover letter, instead of a blank cover sheet, if you feel that you need to introduce yourself a little more thoroughly.

Stay Consistent

Ensure the document has a consistent setting throughout. Avoid changing font types or sizes in an effort to make information stand out and keep consistent spacing between the various sections of the CV. Failure to do this can make the document look like a jumbled mess, making it more difficult to navigate. Furthermore, using all sorts of structural tricks takes the reader’s attention away from the information that the document contains, which may cause issues when they try to recall what they’ve read.

Avoid Solid Text

Huge chunks of unbroken text are difficult to read in any circumstances, but particularly so when discussing complex medical information. Wherever possible, break your chunks of text into bullet points that convey the most important information as concisely as possible. Remember that you can always expand on this when you enter the interview situation, so you don’t need to say absolutely everything on your medical CV.

No Fabrications

This should really go without saying, but at no point should you fabricate any information in an attempt to make your medical CV appear more impressive than it really is. Not only will this reflect poorly on your character once discovered, meaning you won’t get the job and will make future attempts more difficult, but you may also find yourself being reported to the General Medical Council, which can have even worse ramifications.

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