Resume Writing Tips for Doctors
‘RESUME WRITING’ for Health Care Professionals :
I. Strive for a CV (Curriculum Vitae) that establishes a favourable image of your professionalism in the mind of the reader.
II. Your CV should be easy to read, leaving no confusion in the reader’s mind as to what is presented.
III. Don’t make double entries, this doesn’t strength your CV and may be unfavorably viewed as “padding” by reader.
IV. Your CV will be read by people who do not know about you, it bears repeating – be clear, consistent, organised and most concise fashion possible. If your CV is hard to read, your CV may be rejected.
V. Avoid colors and too much formatting such as excessive use of bold and underlining. Ensure spacing and layout is kept consistent.
VI. As important as the information provided, your CV should be edited for proper grammar, correct spellings and appropriate punctuation’s.
VII. Be sure the information you choose clearly communicates a sense of Professionalism, Competence and Enthusiasm.
VIII. Consistency is crucial. Be consistent under all categories of your C.V. Do not provide information in one entry and fail to do so in other entries within the same category.
IX. There is no magic number for the maximum number of pages considered ideal for an effective CV. A two-to-four page CV is generally accepted.
X. Present yourself as positively as possible, within the boundaries of Honesty. The goal of CV is that it should impress and convince the reader that you are the person they are seeking to recruit.
XI. If needed then print CV on standard quality paper on one side only.
While preparing the Curriculum Vitae the following sequence may be preferable.
- Contact Information.
- Personal data.
- Education Background.
- Employment Experience.
- Publications, Presentations and other activities.
- Professional Affiliations and Honours.
- Other Details
- Contact Information: This information is always located at the top of the first page. It should include your name (avoid nick names), Highest Degree (with Specialisation), E-mail id, Cell phone number.
- Personal Data: Include your full name, Registration Number, correspondence address, contact details including landline phone numbers. This is the professional document, so please disclose information regarding age, registration, details of spouse (if in the health sector field) Nationality (If applying for international placements).
- Educational Background: Please give the most recent training listed first. The order in which you present this information is your choice be it year first, degree first (or) perhaps institution first. Whichever your preference, keep your entries consistent. Information about schooling may not be preferable. If you’re qualified from any prestigious institutes like AIIMS., PGIMER… then please mention it.
- Employment Experience: The list of your employment experience generally starts with your current employment. Be sure to provide the data of your employment, your job title and your employers name and address. You may choose to include major duties, your success and achievements in career, research interests etc… It is important, however to keep all entries uniform.
- Publications, Presentations and Other Activities: This is an area considered to be the perfect opportunity to give your professional accomplishment. The sub headings like Publications, presentations, invited lectures, abstracts, research activates may be listed in this section. When listed your publications, give full bibliographic entries so the reader can easily find them. Clarify your role in group efforts. Use separate headings for different types of publications (Journal articles, books, chapters in books, abstracts etc…)
- Professional Affiliations and Honours: This section should include your current membership in professional organizations. Include any significant appointments, election to position or committees, indicating the appropriate date for each position listed. Indicate any significant activities completed under your leadership. Honours from professional, educational or related organization should also be shown under this section. Keep your comments brief in describing these items. This will avoid the risk of crediting an unfavourable impression of exaggeration on your part.
- Other Details: In this section you can mention any other details those you feel as relevant which were not mentioned earlier like your Hobbies, Interests, Family details, Permanent Address, non-academic achievements etc.,
- References: Place this information at the end of your document. Include their full name, job title and full contact details.
- Finally review and revise the Document
The information and advice given here offers a start in preparing an effective document (CV)-one that shows clarity, consistency and an organised format. No guarantee that your CV will open all doors for you.