Developing a Competitive CV
Women need to know what they want, professionally and personally, in order to advocate for their needs. Taking time for self–assessment is a necessary step in career planning. Identifying one’s strengths and organizing one’s experiences in Curriculum vitae becomes a skill in and of itself. A CV should showcase a physician’s professional achievements in a concise, organized and effective format. (See Appendix B for additional resources)
Tips for Producing a Better CV
Keep it short and clear - capture attention in first two pages
- Clinical experience.
- Research experience.
- Teaching experience.
- Relevant community service.
Make sure all of your important and relevant experiences are at the beginning
- Board certification.
- Special training in psychiatry/workshops RELEVANT to position.
Make it look good
- Clear, attractive presentation is important for your CV to stand out.
- Key points easy to spot.
- Margins should not be smaller than 1 inch.
- List your job duties, responsibilities, and results beneath each position. Write in a slightly formal manner and never use the word "I" - e.g. "Supervised undergraduate students" rather than "I supervised undergrad students". Use the past tense for previous jobs and the present tense for your current job.
Be accurate and truthful
- Have someone else check and confirm.
- When describing positions make it accurate, don’t embellish, you never know who will share your CV.
Keep it up-to-date
- Don’t wait until you are applying for a position to create your CV.
- Note the date of revision as the footer.
- You can modify CV for specific positions but keep longer one updated and work from that one.
** for researchers- please note keep NIH bio sketch up to date without personal statement and update as you update the CV.
Adapt it - one size does not fit all
- Job hunt
- List personal references and link them to experience.
- Make sure you let them know you are sending it out if there is an expectation that they will be contacted.
- Provide references with all of the materials you are submitting and also what the position is that you are applying for so they are not caught off guard.
Send a cover letter
- Unless specifically told not to, always send a cover letter with your CV.
- Highlight 2-3 experiences from your CV that are most relevant to the advertised position.
- Never send your CV out on its own.
References for Producing a Better CV