How to boost your CV?
The information and advice given below offer a start in preparing an effective document.
In this presentation, we will focus on the content, and not the format of a CV. The CV format will be discussed in a separate presentation.
- Your CV is the first contact you may have with a prospective program director, so strive for a CV that establishes a favorable image of your professionalism in the mind of the reader.
- Keep in mind that your CV is your “advertisement” for an interview.
- Maintain a concise and a comprehensive information level at the same time.
- It should emphasize your areas of strength and create an interest about you that is sufficient enough for a personal interview.
Review and revise the document. As important as the information provided, your C.V. should be edited for proper grammar, correct spelling and appropriate punctuation.
Stay chronologically consistent when presenting information. If you elect to present the most current information first, stay with that order through all sections.
Be clear, consistent and organized. Bear in mind that the person reading your CV will be reviewing hundreds of other CVs. Ideally, the potential interviewer <span;>will want to know more about an experience listed on your CV, prompting them to invite you for an interview.
DO NOT LIE!! State your skills, qualifications, and experience as positively as possible without misstating the truth.
DON’T ADVERTISE NEGATIVE INFORMATION: The resume<span;> is the wrong place to advertise that you were laid off, fired, or had an extended illness. Never state why you left a position; simply list the dates of employment.
How Can You Develop a Good CV for Residency?
Residency program directors will review your CV to determine whether you will be a diligent resident, a good addition to their program, and potentially even a leader in their field. Here are some tips to boost your CV.
- Avoid gaps in your CV even if you are not working, you can volunteer anywhere.
Research and Publications: It is extremely important to participate in research; journal articles, books, chapters in books, abstracts, etc.
- Research and Publications: It is extremely important to participate in research; journal articles, books, chapters in books, abstracts, etc.
- USA Clinical Experience: It is preferable to be engaged in activities that prepare you to be a diligent resident, and familiar with the USA medical system e.g externship, observership, elective, etc
- Awards, and accomplishments: It shows commitment to success among your peers.
- Languages: It helps if you speak Spanish.
- Hobbies and interests: The interviewer will ask “Does the applicant have any interests in common with my faculty, my residents, or myself? (This could easily become a main topic of conversation in the interview.)
- Memberships in honorary or professional societies.