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How a Physician can Demonstrate Stability on a Résumé

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In recent posts, we’ve been discussing the importance of demonstrating through your résumé how your personality can fit into a healthcare employer’s culture. The first way to do this is by communicating a sense of self in how you format the opening-paragraph, work-history, and personal-interests sections on your résumé.

The second message you want to communicate is stability, Anish Majumdar, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and owner of ResumeOrbit.com, writes in an article for PracticeLink.

Part of the reason for this has to do with the credentialing process, which can take several months, and in the case of Summit Health in Harrisburg, Penn., six months, Sharon McCleary, physician recruiter for the organization, told Majumdar. This is why “full accountability on a CV” is an absolute necessity.

McCleary furthered advised “residents and fellows to allow themselves at least a year for the job search.”

“The more upfront a candidate is within their CV, particularly with regards to their career timeline, the easier the process becomes,” she said.

Majumdar advises candidates to do two things with their résumés to aid in this process.

First, list your professional experience in reverse chronological order, he writes.

This “is a proven way to quickly establish legitimacy. Think of every position as its own mini-section and include the following information: Name of employer; location (city, state); employment dates (month/year – month/year); approximately three to six lines describing unique responsibilities (An expert strategy is to expand upon some of the areas of excellence outlined in the opening paragraph.); [and] accomplishments (If available.).”

Second, Majumdar continues, applicants should “address all work gaps longer than one month.”

According to McCleary, “Any breaks in employment or training that aren’t addressed raises an immediate red flag. The truth is, leaving an uncomfortable incident off the CV doesn’t mean it disappears. It just means you’re giving up the opportunity to control its impact.”

All you have to do, Majumdar writes, is insert “a one- or two-line ‘Career Note’ directly within the work history or ‘Education’ section of your CV…”

He then provides these examples:

Career Note: Addressed family responsibilities while maintaining current knowledge of industry standards and practices (9/12-12/12).

Career Note: Completed rigorous physical training for Ironman Triathalon and attained personal goal of finishing (9/12-12/12).

Career Note: Traveled throughout Brazil and Argentina, developing new friendships and expanding worldview (9/12-12/12).

As physicians who are looking for jobs, how do you show a sense of stability in your résumé? How much time have you designated for your job search?

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