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The Art of Professional Storytelling: CV Building for Physicians


Discovery Resource # ST-15
Resource Topic: CV/Cover Letter
Planning Tools: Survival Tool
Career Phase: Search & Interview
Description: CV Building for Physicians
Description:
When you began your clinical training, you were schooled in the art of writing a SOAP note. Not only was that form of communication a time-honored tradition, it was a standard mechanism to communicate vital patient information from one physician to another.

Each component of a SOAP note relays specific information in a specific order; however, the verbiage used to craft each note was as unique as each physician writing that note. There may be multiple consultants evaluating the same patient, but the words and tone used to describe the patient’s condition varied with
the physician. A curriculum vitae is very much the same as a SOAP note. There are rules to learn, formats to follow, and information to be reported. Just like a SOAP note, there are tips and tools that can make your message stand out.

You're about to discover how to format and customize your CV in a way that will catch the attention of an employer so they will want to pick up the phone and schedule an interview on the spot. This chapter will give you specific instructions on how to format your CV and customize it to stand out above the crowd, show the physician recruiter that you clearly have what it takes to make an impact on their organization, and get you a ticket to the interview show!
Objectives:
  • Identify characteristics and components of an effective CV.
  • Develop a curriculum vitae (CV) that is clear, concise, organized, and differentiates your qualifications and experiences from other applicants.
  • Capture the attention of recruiters immediately to help you soar past other candidates for highly desired positions.
  • Prepare a keyword-rich, targeted CV to position yourself for success.
Author: Tanja Getter
Residency Education Lead Director for Community Health Systems, Inc.

Tanja Getter is an expert on career planning for medical residents. Since 2010, Tanja has presented 60-minute workshops to more than 300 residency programs across the US, educating more than 6,000 residents and fellows on best practices on how write an effective CV and cover letter.

In addition, Tanja is a frequent speaker at national conference meetings and including, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians to name a few. At these conferences, Tanja provides one-on-one CV consultations with physicians to provide an employer’s perspective on what they are looking for in a CV.

Tanja has written several CV and Cover Letter articles for a variety of professional organizations, including, the American College of Physician and the American Academy of Family Medicine.