Although your medical experience is very important when it comes to applying for NHS jobs, it is also important that your experience is presented in a clear, concise yet informative manner. In this post, we share how to properly organise your CV and some very important CV don’ts.
The length of a CV is always a combative issue. Typically, business CV’s are recommended to not be longer than 1-2 pages in length. However, with a medicine CV, this is not possible. On average, a Consultant’s CV for a medical specialty will be approximately 10 pages long, whilst for a surgical specialty it may go on for as long as is needed due to the number of procedures they will need to list.
For a Middle Grade or Junior Medical CV, there are not a specific number of pages that are ‘right’, however, we always advise doctors to think – the more detail the better. That being said, the purpose of your CV is to get you short-listed for an interview, so it should always be presented in a well-ordered and concise fashion.
It is important to always use a professional and small font, but large enough to read with ease. Examples of such fonts include Arial Size 10, Calibri Size 11 or Times New Roman Size 11. You should bold and space your headings so the separation between the different sections is evident.
Generally speaking, we suggest the following:
You should always tailor your CV for the post you are applying to, especially as a junior doctor. For example, if you are applying for a post in Surgery, list all of your surgical experience at the beginning of your clinical experience section rather than starting with your Paediatric experience.
Remember to provide as much detail as possible for each appointment. List all your duties, responsibilities and procedures performed.
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Medical-interviews.co.uk. (2019). Medical CV Writing Tips – Get CV Tips on Writing a Successful CV for Medical Interview. [online] Available at: https://www.medical-interviews.co.uk/topic/medical-consultant-cv-tips [Accessed 2 Sep. 2019].