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 How To Write A Curriculum Vitae - Continued

The employment history section should begin with your current or last position and include information regarding status (staff physician, for example), the practice, admitting facilities and the usual location and contact information. Describe, briefly, your responsibilities at each setting, both clinical and office-related. Also point out the procedures you performed. In this category, you may use the phrase "to present" when listing dates of your current position. As in a résumé, outline your employment history in reverse chronological order, listing each practice since completing medical school. If you worked on a locum tenens basis, be sure to list each practice setting and the staffing firm responsible for placing you in the position, if applicable. It is important to include all positions—even those you left under less than desirable circumstances. Recruiters, again, will dig into any discrepancies they find. Limit the explanation for any career or practice changes to the cover letter, rather than the CV. You want those reviewing your material to focus their attention on the positive.

There is some debate over the importance of references. Several guides to CV writing suggest candidates add an "available upon request" line at the end of the document. We contend, however, that a CV should be succinct, but complete. If you choose to list them, select at least three and no more than six professional references, with name, title and contact information.

Try to keep the entire compilation to three pages. If you have room, add citation information for any articles, academic awards, grants and related accomplishments. If not, alert CV reviewers to these items with a "publications, research grants, continuing medical education and additional information available upon request" at the end of the document.

Avoid personal information, military service (unless it applies to your medical employment record), hobbies and other ancillary matters. Remember, this is a brief and targeted document. While your participation in a hobby such as wakeboarding may stand out to recruiters or directors flipping through dozens of CVs, it will not help direct their attention toward your professional and educational record.

Let your personality come through in the cover letter.

One more word of caution: if you've had a state medical license revoked, if you've lost privileges, suffered through malpractice suits or had DEA numbers pulled, address the issues in the cover letter rather than the CV. The key to a successful CV is brevity—and a compelling list of accomplishments. The cover letter allows you the space to explain any past issues or problems, and their resolution.

Finally, keep your CV completely accurate. Nothing guarantees success more than this simple rule.

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