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A Physician’s Résumé Should Include Accomplishments and Interests

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As we continue our look at ways in which you can use your CV/résumé to demonstrate your personality and how you can fit into an organization’s culture, we return to the topic of establishing your sense of self.

In our last post, we discussed the opening paragraph of your CV/résumé, which can be used to establish training, career highlights, and your focus as a physician.

Once you have your opening paragraph down, Anish Majumdar, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and owner of ResumeOrbit.com, in an article for PracticeLink, advises the job-seeking physician to “be bold in expressing accomplishments.”

According to Arlene Macellaro, director of physician recruitment at Orlando’s Augusta Health, “I should be able to look at a CV and tell, at a glance, what the distinguishing characteristics of a physician are. The easier it is for me to pick out these details, the more time I’m likely to spend evaluating it.”

In this respect, bullet points can work to your advantage, Majumdar writes, as long as you use them strategically in the work-history section of your CV/résumé to detail “noteworthy accomplishments” that will enable you to stand out from the crowd.

For example, you could “highlight a special project you completed or a professional experience that had a profound impact…” Here’s the example he provides, complete with bullet points:

• Founded full-service anatomic laboratory within highly competitive market through developing physician referral network, delivering excellent patient care, and offering 24-hour turnaround time for test results versus 72-hour regional average.

• Served in clinical supervisory capacity for implementation of 320 slice Toshiba scanner at ancillary hospital as part of overall cardiac CTA program.

• Developed focus on outcomes-based, resource-conscious medicine and received specialized training in outpatient minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.

Majumdar also recommends including personal interests in your CV/ résumé. According to one recruitment expert, “I have definitely seen physicians land jobs because one of the key decision makers in the hiring process was a fellow member of an organization they’d listed on the CV, or else they shared a passion for a particular sport or activity.”

Majumdar cautions that personal interests should only be a small part of your CV/résumé, but you could include it as a separate section “at the tail end of the document,” and it “can be a shortcut to making a connection, particularly when your candidacy relies heavily on perceived potential (read: limited work history).”

As physicians who are looking for jobs, how much do you emphasize your accomplishments in the work-history section of your CV/résumé? Do you include personal interests?

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