Welcome to the 3rd part of a 7 part career guide for junior doctors written by Dr Abhijit Pal (PGY2) with Dr Emma McCahon (Clinical Director of Critical Care Program at Children’s Hospital, Westmead, and Clinical Lead of LEAP, a leadership program for junior doctors run by HETI).
How do I write a CV?
Make it stand out of the hundreds of CVs that recruiters get
Ensure it is clear and succinct
Common mistakes in CV writing
too much information (don’t put in your Year 7 activities)
too long (keep it under 4 pages, to an extent the shorter the better)
unreadable font, small font, poor formatting
not including great information (eg. university medal)
Write a targeted CV (don’t include all information, only that which is relevant to the job you are applying for)
Keep it chronological (most recent activities first)
Sections – qualifications, employment, research, teaching, quality improvement, leadership, professional development, extracurricular activities (this is why it helps to plan early!)
Don’t write “watching sunsets, reading books”
Write relevant activities that have relevance to your job – for example weekend sport, community organisations (activities which have transferable skills such as teamwork, leadership)
Photo – an area of controversy some CV readers like to put a name to a face others frown upon it
Talk to your senior clinicians about whether they think it’s a good idea
Most people do not have a photograph on their CV, if in doubt play it safe
Career statements are a way of standing out
A short paragraph at the start of the CV about where you are going with your career can be effective if you have a particular intent (eg. I want to become a rural physician to serve the community I grew up in)
Abhi is a medical oncology advanced trainee in the final year of his core training and has an interest in healthcare economics, decision making, ethics and JMO wellbeing. He plans to go overseas in 2019 to the Royal Marsden Hosptial to work in the Drug Development Unit as a clinical trials fellow.