Medical candidates are expected to demonstrate their abilities to handle medical cases, so the employer receiving the CV must feel confident that the job applicant is a qualified medical asset before inviting them in for the interview.
Here are some tips on how to write your CV that will unlock the key to your future by convincing prospective employers of your expertise for a career in medical.
The Medical CV starts, naturally enough, with your personal details. This goes beyond your contact details. At the top of the page, present your name, contact address, telephone number and professional email address.
Medical CV Summary
This is similar to the profile or summary that appears at the top of non-medical CVs, although a lot of medical practitioners have a far more in-depth profile.
Your qualifications can be listed in reverse chronological order. Start with your medical degree or degrees, list the title, the medical school where you qualified and the date. Awards and achievements Make sure that you include the date of the awards, who granted it and why it was awarded. If you have won a special award, why not include the number of people you were competing against.
One of the main points that a potential employer will be looking for is an awareness of a range of teaching methods. You should make sure that you mention the various methods that you used (bedside teaching, formal lectures using PowerPoint, informal/formal supervision, videos, etc).
This should include any experience of managing people and resources, including:
- Designing rotas
- Leading projects such as audits or research
- Designing and implementing teaching programmes
- Representing colleagues on committees (e.g. clinical governance or other team meetings)
If you want, you can include experience outside of medicine, though you should place it at the end. You might actually want to split this section between "Medical" and "Non-medical".
Medical CV Clinical Audits
Provide a short summary for each audit to include, the aim of the audit, your role, the conclusions drawn and actions taken as a result (2-3 bullet points, 5 or 6 lines maximum).
Research on a Medical CV
Include the title and year of your project and provide a short description of your role in bullet point’s format.
Medical CV Publications List
Medical publications should be listed in reverse chronological order with the most recent first. This will ensure that the most interesting information is seen first.
Make a list of the dates including the year, month and the titles and authors. This should be presented in a tabular format to improve readability.
Courses and Meetings
- For each course, show the date, title of the course and organising institution.
- Present the information in a tabular format.
- As well as clinical courses, include management, research and teaching courses.
Make sure you include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and the Internet. It doesn’t matter if you have only basic knowledge. Almost, every employer wants a candidate who is computer literate.
Most of us spend more time at work then with our family and friends, so it’s important to get along with our colleagues and having something in common with makes work more fun. Potential medical employers like to see that their candidates are active within the community and have necessary leadership skills required for a career in the medical profession.
It’s essential to have at least two referees listed on your CV, one being your current employer and another previous employer. If you are worried about giving your current employers details, you can always get around this by putting down “References available upon request”. If you are offered the job you can then give out details.
Remember the person reading your CV will receive hundreds and will on average spend around two minutes reading it. Ask a family member, friend to look at your CV and consider whether it’s relevant, clear and concise. If the answer is yes to these questions, your medical CV is complete and ready to send out. If you need any more help or advice on writing and laying out your CV, contact us and request a call back.
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