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A Physician’s Résumé should Align with an Employer’s Needs

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As we wrap up our look at ways in which you can use your résumé to show how your personality can fit into a healthcare employer’s culture, we turn now to the issue of alignment.

How can you use your résumé to show that you are aligned with an employer’s needs?

According to Anish Majumdar, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and owner of ResumeOrbit.com, in an article for PracticeLink, the temptation exists to treat your résumé with a “one-size-fits-all” mentality.

But Mark Friedman, M.D., cofounder and chief medical officer at First Stop Health, an online and telephonic health-concierge service, told him a job seeker’s approach should be completely different: “I’ve found it very helpful to use an ‘outside-in’ approach. What’s the impression you want to leave? Yes, being thorough is important, but how you choose to present that information will set the stage for how you’re perceived.”

Therefore, Majumdar writes, “use separate versions of your CV for different job targets.”

Arlene Macellaro, director of physician recruitment at Augusta Health told him, “It’s frequently easier for me to evaluate a physician with a limited work history as opposed to someone who’s been practicing for decades, because where the former might send me a two-page document outlining the basics, the latter might send me a 10-page document listing every aspect of every engagement and fellowship. On a typical day I’ll deal with somewhere in the vicinity of 70 calls and 200 emails. Unless you make it clear exactly what you’re going after and why you’re a great fit, I’m probably not going to have the time to discern it.”

Say you’re looking for a clinical position, Majumdar continues, your strategy should be as follows: “…emphasize board certifications, clinical qualifications, and clinical engagements within the first page of the CV…[and] de-emphasize non-clinical experience within the work-history section. A good approach here is to use the reverse chronological format for all relevant positions, followed by a ‘non-clinical experience’ or similar section briefly summarizing this work in bullet points.”

If you’re interested in a non-clinical position, there’s a little more flexibility in how you shape your opening paragraph, he writes. Regardless, “it should be noted that clinical expertise carries weight regardless of the particular position being sought, so it should play a role no matter what opportunity you’re seeking.”

Friedman says his approach “is to attach my clinical CV to the end of the business résumé when submitting for a non-clinical position. That way I feel like all the bases are covered.”

We’ll continue examining this topic in our next post. In the meantime, as physicians who are looking for jobs, do you tailor each résumé to the specific needs of a position for which you’re applying? How has this benefited you in the past?

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