As the saying goes, you never get a second chance at a first impression. To make the best impression, you need to regularly review and revise your curriculum vitae (“course of life” in Latin and commonly referred to as a CV), which often serves as your initial introduction to staffing companies and facility representatives. This exercise is particularly beneficial if you are a physician or advanced practitioner who is working locum tenens and continuously enjoying new professional experiences.
Before submitting your CV, check out a few tips to polish this important document and help it stand out among the others.
- Ensure your information is current. When you apply for a new locum tenens opportunity, you need to verify that your CV is up to date. To simplify the task, get in the habit of revising it whenever you complete an assignment. You will be able to recount the details more easily, and it should take only a few minutes of your time.
- Be concise and thorough. While the length of your CV is not limited to a page or two like a standard résumé, space is at a premium. Use it wisely and only include relevant information. Create a careful balance, making the details comprehensive but succinct.
- Follow a widely used format. Whether you are creating your CV from scratch or sprucing up an existing document, present your CV in a way that is favored by most recruiters and facility or practice managers. Your name, degree (i.e., MD or DO), credentials, and contact information (i.e., address, phone number, and email address) should appear at the top of the document. Next, provide particulars by section as follows:
- Education – schools attended, as well as names of degrees and dates earned, and details for post-graduate training and CME credits
- Licenses and Certifications – licenses with numbers and expiration dates, as well as board and other certifications
- Work History – full name of facility/practice with start and end dates, specialty, and responsibilities (Be sure to note whether a job was locum tenens or a permanent position.)
- Memberships and Honors – professional affiliations, achievements, appointments, and awards
- Publications, Research, and Presentations – professional accomplishments, published articles, and research (use standard MLA format)
- References – name, position, address, phone number, and email address of three clinicians in your specialty with whom you have worked over the past five years.
- Mind the gaps. Be prepared to account for any interruptions in your work history that exceed a month. For example, if you took time off to care for a sick or injured family member, note the month(s) and year and explain.
- Don’t be too open. Some providers wish to include personal information, like a favorite hobby, marital status, or photographs. This information is not required. Also, remember that particularly personal information—such as your date of birth, social security number, license numbers, and political or religious affiliations—should never be included.
- Omit a summary of qualifications. This information is extraneous, taking up valuable real estate on your CV. Similarly, you do not need to provide an objective; it’s clear that you are seeking a locum tenens opportunity in your area of practice.
- Proofread each update meticulously. Spellcheck is not foolproof; you could easily miss typos, grammatical, or punctuation errors. Look beyond the section(s) you revised to your entire CV. You may discover additional information that needs to be changed, added, or removed.
- Make it easy to read. Something as simple as using the “wrong” font can be distracting. While many people continue to use Times New Roman, best-ranked styles for today’s CVs include Calibri, Helvetica, Georgia, Arial, and Garamond. A font size between 10 and 12 is ideal for body text and between 12 and 14 is optimum for subheads. Additionally, headers, bullet points, and clean margins greatly improve your CV’s readability.
These eight recommendations are great guidelines for preparing your CV. For further assistance, feel free to reach out to an experienced recruiter or credentialing specialist from Medicus Healthcare Solutions by calling 855.301.0563. They would be happy to either review your CV for proper organization and clarity or help you explore locum tenens opportunities.