CV Writing Tips
Our CV tips include everything you will need to make that employer have an accurate image of your abilities. We will start off with some information on the preparation of your CV, then how to prepare a cover letter and finally go into detail about completing the CV. Included is a printable version of a CV Example that you can use for your references.

Your CV (curriculum vitae) should be concise, short, and representative of your skills as a physician. The CV should provide a clear picture of your professional training, positions held, awards attained, as well as information regarding your personal life. Your CV is most likely the first thing that an employer will see, and therefore should be prepared in a professional manner that represents who you are as a physician and a person.

The Basics

  • Use a common word processing program such as Microsoft Word for Windows. These tools that are provided in word processing are invaluable and make your CV quick to develop.
  • Use top quality paper to print out the CV and the cover letter on. Buy resume paper from an office supplies store and do not use your traditional copy paper that you print from your computer. Again, the first contact that the employer will have with you will most likely be your CV.
  • Number your pages in the top right hand corner, and start off with the cover letter if you have created one.
  • Type the CV and the cover letter in single spaces and double space between paragraphs/sections. Always use black ink (remember that you want to project a professional image and this is by far the standard for many years).
  • The standard margins in the word processing program are usually 1 inch. You may want to follow these settings for simplicity and it really frames your CV well.
  • Use an appropriate font such as Times New Roman, and do not have the font size less than 12. You may need to fax your CV to several people and you want to insure your CV is easy to read.

Cover Letter
Before we go any further, the cover letter is purely optional. The Action Medical Search, a recruiting firm, highly recommends using one, but it is entirely up to you. The cover letter really provides insight that you cannot determine from just reading a CV. If you are uncertain, create a cover letter and send it with your CV. We will assist you in either creating another if it does not represent your skills and abilities or recommend that you discard it.

The cover letter should be short and concise. It should project an image of what you are looking for as well as synopsis of your experiences. Basically, it is a mission statement portraying your personal values and viewpoints. Follow the instructions below and your cover letter will be professional and to the point.

  • Revert to The Basics for the setup of the cover letter.
  • Keep the cover letter less than 1 page. The cover letter should be short and concise, not a long autobiography.
  • Personalize your cover letter. Address it appropriately to the correct individual, this is the same courtesy you would expect an employer to do.
  • Introduce yourself in the beginning of the cover letter and include items of interest such as the type of physician you are and when you will be available (especially if you are a new graduate).
  • In the middle of the cover letter mention your objectives that you would like to complete and your strong points (mention both your hospital skills and your social abilities).
  • If you are already employed, provide rational explanations regarding why you are seeking new employment (hospital closures, not able to be partner, etc.) Also, include why you are looking to be employed with the hospital/practice that your CV is being sent to.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)
This is by far the most important aspect of getting the attention of a prospective employer. Your CV should summarize your accomplishments and skills. It should be short and to the point without leaving much doubt about your professional abilities. Follow the recommendations below and your CV will be ahead of the crowd. A CV Example of what the Action Medical Search, a recruiting agency, suggests is provided here for your references.

  • Revert to The Basics for the setup of the CV.
  • Limit the number of pages to 2-3.
  • Place your name in the center with a bold larger font for easy recognition and include if you are a Medical Doctor or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • List your home address as well as your office address. If you don’t want want a recruiter/employer to reach you at your office, then leave the contact information for your office out. This is very important for physicians to remember who are looking for a new position and want to keep their search confidential.
  • List all of your contact information possible (telephone numbers, cell phone numbers, beepers, etc.). Insure that these numbers are correct, because this is the only way that employers can reach you.
  • Create a professional email address if you do not already have one. We have seen many email addresses that employers do not find suitable. If you do not have an email address, there are plenty of free email addresses out there to select from. Also, make your email address simple and professional ( and not unprofessional (
  • List your educational background in order of completion from bachelor’s degree through your professional experiences. Divide each (education, medical education, and professional experiences) by sections. List the dates on the left side of the margin and tab over for the degrees/positions. Include all professional experiences and do not leave any spaces between positions for employers to guess at.
  • List all state licenses as well as certifications. It is very important to know what states you have active and inactive licenses (include if your licensure is pending as well). At this section you should include if you are Board Certified or Board Eligible. It is also important for you to list your other certificates are up to date (i.e. ACLS, PALS).
  • List all local, regional and national organizations that you are an active member of (American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association).
  • List all awards and honors that you have achieved in which you feel significantly represent your skills and abilities (military medals, honor societies, etc.).
  • List your personal information that would provide more insight for an employer. You want to list items such as your citizenship status, marital status, the number of children and if you are bilingual.
  • List all of the publications and presentations that you have completed or you are in the process of completing. This is exceptionally important if you are applying for a research position.
  • Lastly, list at least 3 professional references that will speak highly of you. It is highly suggested not to provide the old "References will be provided upon request". Contact at least 3 people that would provide sound references into your abilities and have them on standby in case we need to reach them.
  • Remember that an easy to use CV Example by the Action Medical Search is available for you to print.
  • Start reading the Interview Tips section for assistance on what to ask on that important interview.


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