First Impressions Matter: Your Guide to an Effective CV

First Impressions Matter: Your Guide to an Effective CV

Your curriculum vitae (CV) is your first impression when applying for a nephrology position. The difference between a great CV and a mediocre CV can be the difference between an interview request and no response. It is the first representation of you and your qualifications at which prospective employers will look. It should communicate your competency clearly and concisely without unnecessary descriptive and superfluous details.

A prospective employer will judge your CV within 10 seconds. It is important to be clear and concise. Leave out the fluff. For example, you do not need to list your responsibilities in your fellowship. The reader has completed a fellowship and understands the process. When applying for private practice jobs, put the emphasis on education, special skills and work history, as these are the most important in the eyes of a hiring practice. Listing three pages of research and publications is impressive, but not to a private practice. Condense it. When applying to a private practice or for an employed position, it is recommended that you include the following basic information in your CV, in this particular order, and limit it to two pages.

  1. Personal Information
    • Name
    • Cell phone number
    • Email address that you check frequently
    • Mailing address (optional)
    • Marital status (optional)
    • Citizenship
  2. Post-Doctoral Training*
    • Current fellowship
    • Residency
    • Internships
    • Special procedures training
      *include dates, name of institution and location starting with most recent
  3. Education*
    • Medical doctorate
    • Undergrad
    • *include dates, name of institution and location starting with most recent
  4. Work Experience
    • Start with most recent
    • Include only employment related to medicine, science or positions that required strong leadership or display management experience
    • Clinical appointments (do not duplicate with fellowship)
    • If there are any gaps in your employment or educational history, explain
  5. Licensure and Certifications
    • State licensure (no need to include license #)
    • Board certifications
    • USMLE and test years (scores are not needed)
    • ECFMG
    • DEA licensure
    • ACLS, PALS and BLS certifications
  6. Honors and Awards (Applicable only to your education and training) 
    • Examples include:
      • Chief Fellow
      • Chief Resident
      • Honors Society (A?A)
      • Dean’s List
      • Scholarships
      • Teaching Awards
      • Eagle Scout (for some reason practices love an Eagle Scout)
  7. Volunteer Experience 
    • Include only if related to medicine, education or leadership
  8. Professional Memberships/Committees
    • RPA, NKF, ASN etc.
    • Committees you have participated in or lead
  9. Hobbies/Interests
    • Relevant hobbies that display a strong personal talent or dedication
  10. Research, Publications, Abstracts
    • Create and include condensed versions for non-academic/industry positions
    • Create a full version to keep on hand
  11. Languages
    • If you speak a language fluently, include it

Be sure to take the time to spell check, format and make sure everything is grammatically correct. Be consistent with font and size usage, underlining, bullets and margin alignments. The goal is for the document to look clean and be easy to navigate. The following is a list of items we recommend against including on your CV:

  • A personal photo
  • References (you can provide this in a separate document if requested)
  • Social networking site membership
  • Unprofessional email addresses
  • Objective statements
  • Birth date
  • Social Security number
  • A summary of your fellowship rotations

For more information click here to view a CV sample. In addition, the team at DaVita SOURCE has seen thousands of nephrology CV’s over the years and is happy to be a resource to edit/proof your CV. Please email us at physicianjobs@davita.com at any time with questions or if you would like us to review your CV. 

2019-12-01T13:24:47-07:00 June 10th, 2016|18 Months before Graduation|3 Comments

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