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CV Tips

  • April 18, 2018

A CV stands for curriculum vitae and it is a personal marketing document used to sell yourself to prospective employers. Your CV should include your professional history, your skills, abilities, and achievements.

When you are searching for a job, your CV is paramount. If you get it right, your chances of an interview offer will increase. Every individual has stronger qualities than others, and therefore every CV will be different, but you need to ensure that you highlight why your skill set makes you the best candidate for the position.

Therefore, in this blog article, we have compiled a list of CV tips which will help improve your chances of being offered an interview with the NHS.

How should I structure my CV?

A CV can be needed at any point of your medical career, and especially at the point of your decision to relocate to the UK and work for the NHS. Your CV is essentially a personal record of all your qualifications, achievements, skills and relevant experience being a doctor. You should view your CV as an opportunity to sell your skills and experiences.

The GMC strongly advise that you write a CV specifically for your registration application. Details of what to include in your CV and its construction are listed below:

Personal Information and Contact Details: Your name on your CV must match your name on your proof of identity
Registrations: Provide your GMC reference number and the details of any other medical regulators you are registered with
Memberships: List your professional body membership
Qualifications: List your qualifications in reverse-chronological order
Employment History: List your employment history in reverse-chronological order. Information to include: post title, start-end date, institution name and location, the name of your supervisor, provide a brief description on your current role – it should cover your duties and responsibilities indicating your level of supervision. Lastly, in this section include details of gaps of employment. Again, you should list them in reverse-chronological order. Any gaps which are longer than 28 days should be explained and accounted for
Awards: List any awards you have received
Research: List any research placements you have undertook
Publications: List any publications
Continuing Professional Development (CPD): List your CPD activity within the last five years
Conferences/Courses: Give details of relevant/important conferences or courses you have attended
Teaching and Training Experience: Provide a brief description of your teaching and training activities
Management Experience: Provide a brief description of your management history.
Procedures: Give a list of all procedures you have performed

Other details to include in a CV not being sent to the GMC:

Interests and Hobbies: Here you could focus on any College Memberships or positions of responsibility
References: Typically, people provide two references. Make sure your references have positions of responsibility, state their position and offer their contact details.

CV Format Do’s and Don’ts:


  1. Choose a professional font to ensure legibility for prospective employers.
  2. Present each section in a clear logical order. Use clear section headings (i.e. Education and Employment History) and remember to order your history in reverse-chronological order to keep your CV legible and clear.
  3. Power Words – These are also known as action words. This includes: responsible for, co-ordinated, supervised, influenced, designed etc.
  4. Explain gaps in employment – You should explain all employment gaps that are over four weeks long.


  1. Length - A medical CV is heavily focused on your experience and so detail is fundamental. Therefore, do not worry too much about the length of your CV.
  2. Personal Data – Do not include the following information: age, date of birth, ethnic identity, religious preference, marital status and sexual orientation.
  3. Experiment with font – You might think that decreasing your font size is a good way to fit a large amount into a smaller space, this could lead to your CV being illegible and not being read by prospective employers.
  4. Irrelevant information – When writing your CV ask yourself the question ‘Will it help me get the job?’ If the answer is no, do not put it in your CV. For instance, in the ‘Hobbies and Interests’ section do not put any hobbies unless it is relevant to your job application.

If you are an IMG who wants to relocate to the UK and work for the NHS then get in contact with one of our Specialist Advisors by sending your CV to [email protected] 


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