What to Include
Provided by: Maamoun Salam, Bilal Khawam.
Last updated: 13/7/2007
- Although there is no single "correct" format for a CV, there are certain things that you should include.
- Look at sample CVs to decide for yourself what format(s) you wish to use and what you wish to include.
- Content will be variable, depending on your experiences.
- Show off your best side. List only those things which make you "shine".
- You may have too much to list. Compartmentalize and make it neatly fit onto the page.
- Your entries under "Hobbies / Interests" section is usually used as a springboard for interview / conversation opener. Someone says "I can not tell you how many times I was asked about my Yellow Labrador and snow monoskiing. Also, one interviewer questioned me about amateur radio and asked if I could explain to him how analog cellular phone switching works".
What information can you include in your CV?
MAIN SECTIONS OF A MEDICAL CV
This section will teach you how to prepare student / graduate CVs.
Generally you will find the layout described here will work for you. Please feel free to add other sections as required or change the ordering of later sections to suit your skills and abilities.
This should be a short summary of your experience, skills and abilities, and be contained in four to six lines of text. Only list the attributes that will be of interest to an employer; do not include irrelevancies.
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- Give the details answering the above and highlight any skills, both clinical and transferable, that you have gained as a result.
- Only list the most important qualifications.
- If you are a graduate you do not have to list all your previous courses unless they are directly relevant to the job you are applying for.
- This can be part of a Special Study Unit (SSU) or your intercalated degree project
- A lot of students/graduates won't have an achievements section, because you won't have anything to write here.
- If you can think of some achievements please list 3 to 6 achievements which you feel will be in line with your next position.
- Do not list achievements which are not in line with what you want to do next.
- Bullet point your achievements to make them stand out. Start with the strongest point in your favor and then work backwards from there.
- This should be in reverse chronological order starting with your most recent job and working backwards. You only need to include the year you started and the year you finished each job.
- When you are describing your experience for each position you should start with the strongest point in your favor and then work backwards.
- If you have a lot of points to put under one specific job you may want to break this description into two or more sections.
- You could break up this section into responsibilities and achievements.
- Make sure you stress your responsibilities and achievements under each job which will be useful in your next job, but do not repeat information in your CV as this will just bore the reader.
Extra Curricular activities
- Keep this part fairly short, but make sure you list any current positions of responsibility.
- If you do not currently have any management responsibility and you are applying for a management position you may want to include positions of responsibility that you have held over the last few years, e.g. Captain of a local football team.
- Selectors often look at extracurricular activities to assess the whole person and differentiate between individual medical students.
- Mention the level of achievement you have reached and specific things you have done, in order to indicate your commitment to this activity.
Interests & Hobbies
- Don't just list your interests; demonstrate how they developed qualities which will improve your ability as a doctor.
- Leisure activities, particularly organized ones where you took a major part, can often develop the qualities you will need when working.
Other Skills( Languages and Computer Skills)
This can include languages, IT or other non-clinical skills.
- List any computer skills you have, including the make and type of equipment you are familiar with, the software and operating system used e.g. Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Office 97.
- If you have foreign language skills list them and indicate whether your skills are spoken, written, business or technical. Please also indicate your level of fluency: fluent, good working knowledge, etc.
Career plans / Career Aim
- You may not have a clear idea of which specialty you wish to enter at this stage.
- This is quite normal, but some outline of how you see yourself developing is needed.
- Write down your career aim which shows how ambitious you are and the kind of work you are looking for your future.
- Remember to contact them and include a job description and recent CV to help them.
- Tutors and Consultants from your electives/SSUs are potential referees.
- You should include two referees, one of which should be an academic reference, while the second reference could be from an employer you have worked for.
- The postcode should normally be included in the address
How do I get started?
- Writing a curriculum vitae can seem overwhelming but can be made easier by organizing your background.
- To begin, put each of the headings listed above--and any others that are relevant--at the top of several sheets of paper (using a computer makes this even easier). Once you've done that then begin filling in your information for topics such as those listed above.