CV and Cover Letter Writing Tips

Your Curriculum Vitae will be the first impression that a practice or hospital has of you. Make sure it differentiates you from others whom they may be interviewing for the same position. Here are a couple of things to think about when preparing your CV:

  • Choose a format and be consistent
  • ​​​​​​Explain any gaps in your work or educational history
  • It should not be more than 1-2 pages and should include a cover letter
  • Include your current contact information and best way to contact you
  • Make sure that there are no typos. Have someone else review it for you. 

Attached you will see from the examples.  You want to make sure your resume is in the correct order, starting with the following:
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  • Contact information
  • Education
  • Licensures and certificates
  • Professional experience/volunteer medical work 
  • Previous employment before medicine

Additional sections can include:

  • Professional interests
  • Memberships
  • Committees
  • Leadership
  • Honors and awards
  • Community service 
  • Procedural skills
  • Foreign languages
  • EMR Proficiency

If you have taken part in presentations, research or publications you will want to enter that information as well. Remember to be straight and to the point. When you are ready to submit your CV,  consider sending it in a PDF format.

Don’t forget your cover letter! This is how you introduce yourself. Keep it short and to the point. Explain any gaps in education or work history. Answer these questions:

  • Who are you?
  • What do you want to do?
  • Why you want to be a part of their organization?

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