Creating a CV

Your CV is the most important document used in hiring process. It is reviewed by hiring managers and physicians to quickly assess your background, skills, and knowledge. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and stand out competing applicants. Your CV should be clean, concise, inclusive (no gap in dates), and up-to-date with current employment and educational information. The purpose of your CV is to create further interest and secure a telephone interview!

The following are examples of information that can be included in your CV. The elements that you include will depend on what position you are applying for, so be sure to incorporate the most relevant information to support your candidacy (i.e. academics, private practice, etc.).

What to Include

  • Personal details and contact information – most CVs start with contact information and personal data. Be sure to include the best number to reach you as well as your email address. If you mention an issue on the CV like the number of children you have, your marital status, or age, the prospective employer then has the right to question you about the issue mentioned.
  • Education and qualifications – this includes the names of institutions and dates attended in reverse order; Fellowship, Residency, Undergraduate
  • Work experience/employment history – the most widely accepted style of employment record is the chronological CV. Your career history is presented in reverse date order starting with most recent. Achievements and responsibilities are listed for each role. More emphasis and information should be put on more recent jobs. Only include pertinent jobs and avoid listing positions that are not relevant such as bartender, waitress, store manager, etc.
  • Skills – this should include computer skills, foreign language skills, and any other recent training that is relevant to the role applied for
  • Brief biography
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Training
  • Research
  • Teaching experience
  • Publications
  • Presentations and lectures
  • Awards and honors
  • Technical, computer, and language skills
  • Professional licenses and certifications
  • Memberships
  • Hobbies and Interests

What not to Include

There is no need to include your photo, your salary history, the reason you left your previous position, or references in your CV. References should be listed separately and given to employers upon request.

How Long Should a CV Be?

A CV should cover no more than two pages. Aim to ensure the content is clear, structured, concise and relevant. Use bullet points vs. paragraph format to minimize word usage. Your CV should be easy to read and give the prospective employer enough information that they want to speak with you further.