WHAT MAKES A GREAT CV?

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Your CV has one job which is to tell your potential employer what you have to offer and why you deserve an interview. But how much detail do you need? Should you include your “Outside Interests”? What about a photo? These are the sections that I suggest you include in your CV:

 

NAME AND CONTACT DETAILS

  • Your name should appear in large font at the top of the page
  • Your contact details should be your phone number and email address
  • You don’t need to include your home address or your date of birth
  • Include your AHPRA registration number here

 

CAREER STATEMENT

  • This should be a short section (a paragraph or two) outlining your career objectives and highlighting your key strengths and achievements

 

EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS

  • In reverse chronological order

 

WORK EXPERIENCE/EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  • In reverse chronological order
  • For junior doctors, you should include all the terms you’ve done. As you become more senior, less detail is required
  • Don’t leave unexplained gaps or omissions. If you’ve taken time off for any reason, you need to make this clear

 

RESEARCH

  • Include any research completed or in progress

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Include details of any relevant courses you’ve done

 

TEACHING/LEADERSHIP/QUALITY IMPROVEMENT/OTHER PROFESSIONAL ROLES

  • You can modify the headings of other categories to suit your content so think carefully about any hospital committees you’ve been on, any audits you’ve taken part in, and anything else you’d like to highlight

 

REFEREES

  • Make sure you ask them!
  • Make sure you have the best contact details for them

 

GENERAL ADVICE

  • Keep your font and formatting simple and consistent
  • Check spelling and grammar very carefully
  • Don’t get too hung up about the length of your CV. There’s no rule that says it has to be two pages or less. Having said that, don’t include unnecessary details or make it longer than it needs to be
  • Personally, I don’t like photos but some employers require them. If you’re going to use a photo, make sure it’s a good one that looks friendly and professional
  • Whether or not you include outside interests or extra-curricular activities is up to you. If your activities have some relevance to your work or give an indication of you and your personality, you may decide to include them. For example, if you’re involved in volunteer or community work, play team sport or have a leadership role outside of work, you may want to highlight this.
  • Don’t forget, this is one of the opportunities you have in the application process to highlight your skills and attributes so make sure you sell yourself
  • Don’t leave it until the last minute

 

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