Since recruiters read hundreds of CVs a day, make sure yours is properly written and formatted. For example, one simple thing that some doctors leave off a CV, says Jennifer Cutter, a senior recruiter here at Locum Leaders, is contact information: email and phone numbers for follow-up. Here are Jennifer’s other tips to help you polish your CV and make it shine for your next job search.
Update your work experience
List your most recent hospital employer and work backwards in chronological order. Make sure to include the hospital’s city and state location.
Include education and training
List your entire academic background, beginning with the most recent education and going back to your undergraduate degree. Include the names of each institution and dates you attended them, but leave off high school information. Also add in the states where you hold an active medical license, specialty board and organization memberships and offices held, certifications (including the dates they were obtained and when they expire), and a list of your relevant publications and presentations.
Keep it simple
“Long paragraphs are unnecessary, and they make a recruiter’s job more time consuming,” says Cutter. Use bullet points instead of lengthy sentences. Simplicity is best.
List your references
Most hospitals won’t even consider you unless you have a complete list of references, so provide full names, email addresses and phone numbers for them to streamline the process.
Mind the gaps
Provide the recruiter with reasoning for gaps longer than one month in your work history, such as travel, maternity leave and illness. Remember that gaps are only a red flag if you do not explain them. “Be truthful and upfront,” says Cutter.
Go the extra mile
List all of your achievements and awards, any languages you speak (if you’re applying within the U.S.), hobbies and interests. Recruiters like to see what makes you stand out from the rest of the applicants, and these items give your resume personality.