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Resume Tips: How Clear is Your Timeline?

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As mentioned yesterday, the most nerve-racking part of looking for a job, other than the job interview itself, is writing your resume, which is an arduously inexact science. So, over the next few posts, we’re looking at some pretty standard principles behind writing resumes that should be applied in most, if not all, cases. We found these “5 Quick Fixes for Physician CVs” over on the American College of Radiology website and will break them down over the next few blog posts. (The article was originally printed on thedoctorjob.com/careercorner.)

Another question to ask yourself about your resume is: How clear is my timeline? Or in the words of the article, “Is my timeline easy to follow?”

According to the article, “A physician employer reviewing your CV for the first time should be able to determine the progression of everything you’ve done from your undergraduate training to medical school to residency to the present in 30 seconds or less.”

For their convenience then, your list shouldn’t be in chronological order, but in reverse chronological order.

As the article states, “…this applies to the categories as well as the items within each category. If you have been practicing medicine for a while, then your Work Experience should be at the top, followed by your Residency/Fellowship Training, followed by your Education.”

The exception to this rule applies to those who have more education than work experience. In that case, you’d want to emphasize the former over the latter, but make sure your Work Experience category immediately follows Education or is close to it.

Once again, the article: “The main thing to avoid is categorizing your experience in a way that makes it difficult to follow chronologically. For example, if you spent a few years after your residency pursuing research before joining a medical practice, don’t bury that information on the second page. It is fine to put it in its own ‘Research’ category, but it should be placed accordingly within the timeline on your CV.”

As you polish your resume, it wouldn’t hurt to have outside eyes looking at it. Ask them if they feel the information is clearly conveyed and that you’re listing the most relevant information first. After all, once the resume leaves your hands, it won’t be your eyes looking at it anymore.

Tomorrow, we’ll ask the question, “How long should your resume be?”

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