CV ► What is a CV? ► What should be in a CV? ► How do you write your CV? ► How is your CV read?
CV ► Employers perspective ► What do they want? Right skills / attitudes / experience for job Picture of person fitting into team To help make the right choice of candidate
CV ► Produce 4 main areas Education Work experience Activities and interests Demograhpics
CV ► For each area produce list of things that you have done Education - Medical degree / university Work experience - VTS rotation / GP registrar year Interests - Play squash
CV ► Go through each item on your list and write down the highlights Academic prize Prize winning audit on tft’s in hypothyroid patients ! Represented England at squash
CV ► Go through these highlights and identify knowledge and skills gained and list attributes demonstrated or developed.
CV ► Communication skills ► Organisational ability ► Problem solving ► Team work ► Drive and imitative ► Taking responsibility ► Analytical skills ► Creativity ► Leadership ► Motivation ► Planning ► Working under pressure
CV ► Some areas will be missing! ► Give evidence to support claims made above – “ I have good leadership skills “ – evidence for this would be “ I wanted to make the appointment system more effective and worked with the reception staff / manager and DNA’s were reduced by 30%”
CV ► This is starting to develop a different type of CV – Competency Based CV ► CV styles Chronological Competency / Skills based
Chronological CV ► Name ► Personal details Contact addresses / phone numbers Emails Nationality DOB Gender / marital status optional
Chronological CV ► Education Put in reverse order MRCGP Degree School education A levels no real need to list GCSE’s
Chronological CV ► Work experience GP Registrar year VTS / Hospital posts Emphasise responsibilities / achievements / positions of responsibility / skills achieved relevant to primary care Relevant skills – IT / languages
Chronological CV ► Interests Travel / Outside interests / sports / family responsibilities Try to have balance of active / passive / group / individual pursuits References – ask first!
Skills Based CV ► Advantages – focuses key skills and will make your cv stand out. ► Disadvantages – more thought needed, may need rewriting for different jobs e.g. partnership / locum post
Skills Based CV ► Personal details as before ► Key Skills Pick out key skills from advert / job spec and demonstrate why you meet them Must have interest in women's health ► Attained DFFP Loc IUD Produced an audit on cocp usage in the over 40’s
Skills Based CV ► If you are enthusiastic and motivated we would like to hear from you ► We would encourage you to develop a special interest to compliment the partners ► BMJ Editor – you must be a proactive team player with excellent communication skills and have a track record of critical appraisal of research.
Skills Based CV ► Some examples of skills include communication, team working, problem solving skills, leadership, time management, academic ability, drive, working under pressure etc. ► Make each skill a subheading and bullet point the evidence ► Use specifics ► For each skill use different examples and your personal role and involvement ► Team working is not just about leadership – include delegation, motivation, co-ordination, completer.
Skills Based CV ► IT / Languages -Can be worth mentioning skills eg EMIS / IPS ability -Education / Work Experience / Interests / Activities / References as above -Clean driving license!
First Impressions ► Laser printed onto 100 g/m² paper – what colour? ► Ideally no longer than 2 sides A4 on separate sheets ► Black ink to ease photocopying ► Use A4 envelope and same paper for covering letter ► ? Prepare professionally ► Use a simple font – Tahoma / Arial / Times New Roman ► Use BOLD / Italics / Underlining to separate points BUT NOT ALL AT ONCE