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Top tips for writing a medical CV for the NHS

  • October 19, 2021

Writing a good medical CV is the first stage to think about when looking to secure a job in the NHS and move to the UK. We have a really useful blog on how you should structure your CV, you can read this here.

If you have read this and have obtained the CV template from us, you can now begin to easily fill in the sections and create the perfect CV that NHS employers will love. In this blog we are now informing you of further things to consider before sending your CV out. Here we have our final top tips for creating an effective medical CV.

Make sure you:

  • Address any career gaps you have. Remain honest and detail the exact dates of your career gap, make sure you state what you did during this time and how you made an effort to keep up to date with medical practice; examples of how you may have done this could be by reading journal articles or attending conferences.
  • If you are planning to work abroad, it is sensible to include in your initial statement the reasons why you wish to work in that country and demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to staying there for the duration of the job
  • Include as much detail as possible regarding your current and previous employment. You need to demonstrate the similarities (and differences) between your work experience overseas and the post you have applied for so that your new employer can make an informed decision.
  • Detail your qualifications and experience in reverse chronological order. Your most senior qualifications and most recent experience will always be the most relevant to your new employer so these should be at the beginning and easiest to find.
  • Be clear on the intricacies of your registration status. For example, writing out ‘GMC Registered’ only tells one part of the story. Whilst this is important, you should make it clear that you are ‘registered with licence to practice’ as well as noting the reference number. Ideally, you will also include your postgraduate qualification and English language (OET or IELTS) exam result.
  • Only include relevant information. Whilst it is customary to add a photograph to the top of your CV in some countries, it is not the usual practice in the UK and should be avoided. You want your employer to base their decision on your professional merit alone!
  • Keep your font size and style consistent and professional, you don’t need to use varying colours or pictures, keep it professional.

How can we help further? 

We have numerous blogs to accompany this one: 

How do I structure an NHS medical CV?

Should I include a cover letter with my medical CV?

Check out our YouTube video on how to write the perfect medical CV:

If you’re an international doctor that has any questions regarding your CV or if you have completed your CV and are ready to look for a position within the NHS please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of vlogs and blogs to the group every day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel! We have over 60 videos on everything you need to know about relocating to the UK and joining the NHS!

Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go to IMG Advisor the Podcast. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.


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