The Dos and Don’ts of CV Writing for Locums

The Dos and Don’ts of CV Writing for Locums

As a locum tenens provider, your CV (Curriculum Vitae) is critically important and serves as a marketing tool and offers a snapshot of your academic and professional experience. Your CV should be clear, concise, and present relevant information about your career as a physician, though sometimes determining relevancy can be difficult.

Your CV should offer a written picture of you and your skills as a physician. You want to include enough detail without going overboard or adding things that are unnecessary. When composing your CV keep these three C’s in mind: clear, concise, and correct. Your objective should be clear, while information should be precise and accurate.

Some key components all effective CV’s should have are:

  • Complete contact details
  • Summary (1-2 sentences of your professional experience – make it as simple as possible)
  • Key attributes (what makes you stand out as a candidate)
  • Detailed professional experience and achievement (most extensive part of your CV and should include specifics about your experience and what you did in each position)
  • Licensure and certifications
  • Current positions held
  • Publications

Some things to avoid are:

  • Photographs
  • Marital status or spousal information
  • Credit report
  • Hobbies or interests
  • Details of children
  • Any paragraph longer than 40 words
  • Your race, religion, or political affiliation
  • Spelling errors
  • Sporting achievements

As always, there are exceptions to these guidelines and if you are asked specifically to include any of the above you should. While you may want to make a unique impression and stand out from the sea of CV’s, it’s better to stand out for your great professional achievements rather than your love of kayaking. By adding “fluff” to your CV, you may be making an impression, but is it a positive one? When writing your CV, always ask yourself, “Is this relevant to my career as a physician?” If the answer is no, you may want to consider removing it.

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