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What to include in your CV Delivering a Healthy WA HOW TO SUBMIT A WINNING JOB APPLICATION Tegan Piscicelli Project Officer Medical Workforce Fiona Stanley Hospital
Resume vs. Curriculum Vitae Resume Brief & concise. 1-2 pages. Summary of skills, experience & education. Curriculum vitae Detailed synopsis. 2+ pages. Summary of educational & academic backgrounds. Includes teaching & research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honours, affiliations, etc.
Personal details Qualifications Bridging Programs / Qualifying Examinations Work / Practice History Educational Experiences Practical Skills Volunteer Work Research and Professionalism Extra-curricular Activities Referees CV – what do I put where?
Preferred CV Layout & Content Personal details Full name Home and mobile phone numbers Email address Optional: date of birth, gender, marital status Qualifications Primary medical degree (MBBS) - include university, city & country where obtained List other degrees/qualifications, e.g. Master of Public Health High school certificate/qualification is not relevant. Bridging Programs / Qualifying Examinations AMC MCQ Exam, Clinical Exam, bridging programs – include dates, facility, state and results IELTS or OET exams – include date and results
Work / Practice History List current & previous positions in reverse chronological order! (i.e. list your current/most recent job FIRST). Include: –Dates / Position title / Facility (including name, address and location – City, State, Country) / Responsibilities (including whether position was full-time/part-time and if part-time include hours of work/week) Internship & Observership –Provide in reverse chronology –List internship rotations –Identify any periods of observership Gaps in Service –Provide an explanation of any period since obtaining professional qualifications where you have not practiced (e.g. undertaking study, travel, family commitment) Educational Experience Include courses, conferences or seminars which enhance your ability to work.
Practical Skills List procedures which you are familiar with, and those you are fully competent to do unsupervised IT competancies (Microsoft Office Package, Internet, iSoft, TMS, etc.) Volunteer Work Include clinical volunteer work, such as disaster relief, work in underdeveloped areas, or work with disadvantaged groups. Research and Professionalism Published work. Research/Audits Formal teaching roles Speaking at conferences Memberships of relevant bodies
Extra-curricular Activities (optional) Everyone enjoys reading, long walks on the beach, and travelling the world – what are some key activities to promote you. Only list things which will enhance your clinical ability or humanitarianism Additional languages are useful. Referees List three (3) referees including: full name, role (GP, Medical Director), relation to you (supervisor during ED RMO rotation), address, email address, two contact phone numbers. At least two (2) referees should be consultants/clinicians and the more Australians the better. Provide professional references no longer than 24 months of working with them (within 12 months preferred). Never provide the names of referees without contacting/checking with them first. Don’t provide relatives names.
The Job Description Form Use the Job Description Form (JDF) to your advantage! Tailor the CV to the job Read the JDF, highlight the areas you know in one colour, and those you are unsure of in another. Ask trusted colleagues about the areas you are unsure of – it could be a jargon/terminology issue. The “duties” page highlights the role requirements. Many key words are here. If you are asked to address the criteria, do so separate to your CV.
Negative Words - Paint a picture and leave negative feelings in the readers mind Jargon and Abbreviations Don’t write - “it will be a pleasure to work with you” or the like. This isn’t professional and can be thought presumptuous. Different font types You may be great at Word but Windings and comic sans are for invites not CV’s Don’t expect to be known, or expect the panel to make assumptions More than 2 colours (1 is preferred) “Auto” should be the choice Don’t ask someone who is applying for the same role to review your CV Don’t make the panel work hard to find info. Label, use tables, dot points. What to avoid:
Use Spell Check! Finalise your CV before you click “Apply Now” – panels can tell a rush job Dot points are preferred 2 recent referees Writing “referees available on request” equals more work for the panel Qualifications and courses that highlight time management and communication skills Use a table if listing IT/Computer systems or course information Appropriate terminology for the role – write the CV at the correct level Page numbers and footers are great for keeping things in order Don’t leave gaps in experience – fill them with a brief explanation What to include:
When you attach a cover letter, keep it brief, sell the points you aren’t addressing in your CV or the Selection Criteria. If there is a page limit outlined, consider the directions and stick to it. When asked to address specific points in your Cover Letter, do so. The points are being asked for a relevant reason. Use proper letter formatting. Cover Letter
The market is competitive, so every application is in the race. What you write can win or lose you the role. If you don’t sell yourself, you can’t expect to win the role. Think of yourself as a product and your CV as a brochure. Tailor your CV and Cover Letter to the role – generics don’t cut it these days. Quickly demonstrate your experience, and delete old irrelevant information. Use the same or similar words to the JDF Ask someone to review your CV What to take away………