Objectives Application Cover Letter & CV What Not To Do
Application Post Graduate Medical Council Victoria Read PMCV guidelines Know important dates & deadlines Get applications in on time Read the “How to Guide” Review each individual hospital website and application instructions
Hospital Information Sessions Attend hospital information sessions Selection criteria can include your attendance at these sessions
Inside Peek: World of Intern & HMO Applications The major teaching hospitals in Victoria will receive approximately: ◦ 690 applications for intern positions ◦ 1019 applications for HMO ◦ Most applications will be asked for on-line
How do you stand out? Demonstrate your ability and desire to make the transition You’ve done the “text book” part now you need to demonstrate how you will apply your knowledge BPT & Surgical Applicants: Transition into significant training positions
Cover Letter & CV: How Important Is It ? VERY IMPORTANT ◦ Investment into future opportunities Intern year can mean much more ◦ Potentially career placement of 2 – 8 years HMO / Registrar / BPT & Surgical Applicants ◦ Fundamental effect on a training placement positions
The hidden truths about cover letters? Employers do read them. Some employers do not accept applications without cover letters. It is the first opportunity to sell yourself The quality of the cover letter shows the quality of the applicant It shows the employer that you are not “scattergunning” your resume and hoping for the best Don’t rely on spellcheck
A Cover Letter Should: Address the person ◦ If you don’t know who, find out (it will set you apart) Address the job ◦ Re: Specialist Training Position Include your contact details Outline your motivations, particular skills and attributes that you can bring to the position ◦ the better it reads the better your chances Be clear, concise, informative and compelling
Your Cover Letter Is your opportunity to: To stand out from crowd To attract the readers attention & keep them reading! To let the reader know you have made an effort to understand their organisation To get you to interview
Don’t mix up your health services & hospitals Don’t restate information that appears in CV Don’t use complicated fonts Don’t send it with spelling errors Don’t send it with mistakes in health service name or what that health service does Don’t make generalised statements that could apply to all health services/hospitals Cover Letter – What Not to Do!
Consequences: Care & Attention You go to bottom of a very big pile! What does it say about you? Will you lack care & attention at work Will you lack care & attention to patients Do consultants want doctors on their team who don’t pay care & attention? How will you be perceived?
CV – Another Investment Sell yourself Your skills & qualities Your academic & clinical achievements Special achievements Community/voluntary As well rounded, mature, able to handle role Set yourself apart from the crowd (in a good way!) Get you to interview
CV - Structure 2 – 3 pages in total (remember the pile) Photo (often digital required) Name & Contact Chronological order – most recent backwards Employment Rotations Education Conferences Presentations Referees
CV – Lay Out Consistent font throughout Consistent use of: Headings Bullets Page Margins
CV – Include Research activities Conferences attended Presentations you have given Other life pursuits Volunteer & Community works Significant achievements
Academic/professional snapshot Personal snapshot Medical Students: this can be an important selling tool Show how well rounded you are Without “waffling” List extra-curricular activities, for example Coaching Volunteer work Community work Self supported throughout university This may be what distinguishes you from the rest! CV – A Snapshot of Who You Are
CV – Gaps in Training Include valid reasons for any breaks in training Travel Health Family commitments
CV – Check It Check spelling get someone to proof read it, critique it Read it aloud Pay care & attention to the detail Don’t miss the little words ‘to’, ‘of’ Review how it appears online as well as on paper
Referees Check individual health service requirements Contact your nominated referees first Ensure chosen referees can answer all the questions on the Referee Assessment Form Check your referees have received the request from the online system
Referees Clinical Build rapport with consultants Ensure correct status of referee Ensure referee can answer ALL the questions on the referee assessment form Non – Clinical (Medical Students) A character reference Evidence that you are ready to make the transition Interns Medicine & Surgery Disciplines of interest to you Specialist Training Applicants Targeted referees in your chosen discipline
CV – What Not to Do! Don’t send the ‘party’ photo Don’t send with errors in spelling, grammar Don’t go crazy with fancy fonts or colours Just because you can use WordArt doesn’t mean you should Don’t use a wacky address
Medical Students When listing your rotations at major teaching hospital include type of rotation & where it was General Medical Rotation Don’t list the obvious: 4 cannulations 3 suturing Exception – extra special placements & electives CV – What Not to Do!
Summary Care & Attention Investment Research the hospital Your future deserves your best efforts