Helpful hints to make attractive a CV

The Curriculum Vitae (CV) remains an essential tool when searching for and finding employment appropriate to their own expectations and desires.

A CV intelligently presented, not only opens the door to an interview sought by the applicant, but that gets the interview is also expected and desired by the potential employer. Do not forget that the CVs are used as screening tools to determine what people want to interview and what not. Medical Directors, Managers and Heads of Service hospitals are people used to reading CVs and easily recognized in the correctness of their presentation, the author’s personal qualities.

In the preparation of the CV is often given more emphasis on content than form. This being true, the fact remains that the presentation is also essential. Do not forget that individual merit should look for themselves with all the glory they deserve and this is only achieved if they are well exposed and properly presented. A false modesty that compels the prospective employer to make even a minimal effort to discover the true worth of a very real merits but inadequately highlighted will only harm the candidate.

Although a CV can be drawn up following a variety of formats to meet the common criteria of order, clarity, cleansing, completion and synthesis.

Useful tips to appeal a medical CV


Use tabs, paragraphs, bold, underline or italics consistently and uniformly throughout the CV. If it takes years of practice, this experience (previous positions, research, publications, training courses etc.). In reverse chronological order, starting positions, publications, latest research or responsibilities.


Use a clear font and simple. Are recommended fonts such as Arial 12.
Except in cases in which requests a handwritten text, always use a word processor. This makes it easy to give a clear and organized his CV. Be particularly careful with paging, avoiding starting a page with flowing lines. If he asks for a handwritten text, do not let someone else to write it for you because the handwriting analysis is used with some frequency in the selection of candidates.


The excessive agglomeration of data or lack of space, makes comfortable reading a CV. But avoid excessive spaces and margins, as this ploy, used frequently to artificially increase the number of pages of CV, is often detrimental to the author, because it never goes unnoticed for a Medical Director or Manager, and much less to Human Resources Agencies.
Photocopies, if necessary, must always be high quality, avoiding those that contain lines, shadows or defects due to poor quality of the copier.


Expose all the information it considers positive person and experience. For those starting their careers may be more difficult to document a wide professional experience. Do not forget that, like many entrepreneurs, a good medical director or a good manager probably will appreciate some previous experiences of the candidate who, while not directly related to the job applied for, they do reflect the positive aspects of his character . Thus, for example, can be considered pros, the experiences of recently graduated as a medical volunteer in developing countries during their school holidays, exchanges with foreign universities in the period of university practices are not mandatory, also made those required in the academic, etc..


Avoid unnecessary frills grammar and use a clear and concise style, avoiding the first-person. For example, type: “From 1985 to 1990, I worked at the Hospital of Villasalud as Chief Clinical Anaesthesia.” Be much more attractive if writes succinctly: “1985-1990: Clinical Chief, Anesthesia Service, Hospital de Villasalud.”

Medical Curriculum Vitae Structure

The general outline of medical CV consists of four parts: initial letter, personal data, academic and business data. The body of the CV itself is made up of three sections of data (personal, academic and professional). Some of these sections will be longer than others (business data highlighted much more in the doctor’s CV mature in the newly graduated), so they can be divided into distinct subsections.

Each of these sections should begin on separate page.

Initial Letter
No longer than one face, this letter serves as an introduction to the VC and are presented as distinct from it. His writing is more personal, and avoiding any self-promotional tone, it can be useful to help highlight details in your CV may go unnoticed (availability, when finalized prior commitments, etc.).

Phrases overly personal characteristics, such as “I have the right skills for this job” or “I’m really excited about the idea of ​​working in the Center,” or that indicate a problem that does not concern the nature of work itself such as “Given my family situation, I urgently need work,” are clearly inappropriate and potentially harmful. Personal circumstances will be clarified in any case during the interview.

Two things should never miss in this letter: the date and reference job posting, if any.

Basic personal data
CV’s block is initiated by the following description of the basic personal data:

Name and surname (in that order). If a woman is married, use maiden names. The name never be preceded by identifiers such as Dr., Prof., Ms., Mr., Mrs., etc..

Address, phone, fax and email. This will facilitate the Medical Director, Manager or Human Resources Agency the task of locating the hours in which they work. Therefore not ask them to call you after hours of work. If there are several phones, indicate the location corresponding to each one of them (home, work, etc.). And avoid vague indications as “mealtime” or “from the 20 h.” If you can only be reached by phone from your current job and this could cause a conflict, it is noted by the phone the word “discretion”.

Birth. Indicate the date and place. It is the clearest way of indicating age.

Nationality. It must be stated though it seems evident from the birthplace. Foreigners should mention that meet the requirements of the law to work legally and how long the meeting.

Languages ​​spoken, written or read, starting with the language.

Objective. It is an optional element. The CV presented in Anglo-Saxon countries contain a brief section where the applicant described succinctly with a sentence or two goals to apply for the job. Clearly, this need not be mentioned when the CV is presented for reasons other than applying for a job, for example, when accompanying a grant application, etc. It aims to avoid too general and it is advisable that somehow made more explicit what the candidate can do for the employer, than expected from the job. This section may be critical if you know well the needs of the company or hospital you want to access and what the manager expects the candidate. If you have access to the job description (the same ad may describe what the company needs to cover), please bring the targets to which the employer asks.

There are data that need not be mentioned in the CV, because they are not relevant because the employer can get in the interview, if you’re interested. Such is the case of the ID card number or NIF, social status, number of children, marriage date, hobbies, etc..

Academic Information
Data from secondary school (diploma obtained, school, grades etc.). Only worth mentioning if they are particularly relevant and consistent with data from the university. In general, are often not particularly useful.
University, including medicine and other races completed, if this condition should occur. It indicates the date of commencement and termination, the university or universities in which the course and achieved special distinction or merit (scholarships, tuition honor, awards, etc.).. It is advisable to avoid using abbreviations (UB, UPF) and use the full expressions (University of Barcelona, ​​University Pompeu Fabra).

Academic degrees of bachelor, specialist, masters, doctorates, indicating the grade obtained (if relevant) and presented in chronological order in which they were obtained. In some countries there is a “recertification” as a specialist, to be included here.

Abbreviations of qualifications obtained in Anglo-Saxon countries (BA, BS, etc.). Are well known there, but may not be as effective in other countries, it is advisable to write in full (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science).

Professional details
Although in the case of a medical career, the period of Internal Medical-resident is still a training period and should be included in the section of Professional Experience. For those who are in their early professional life, the order may be chronological (for subsequent years). For those who have many years working in reverse chronological order provides the advantage that the employer first read what you most want to know the candidate, that is what his most recent responsibilities and experiences. In those who are over 10 or 15 years of practice, not be particularly relevant to the employer to know where did his residency, but rather what have been his most recent responsibilities as a professional.

Paragraph business data is probably the most extensive and therefore be subdivided into: professional experience, publications, presentations, research, continuing education and professional associations.

Professional experience: indicate year of start and end of each work, indicating the center (and city) where he developed, title, responsibilities, skills and experience acquired.

Publications: ranked for years and clearly identify the citation, according to the rules of Vancouver. If there are many, can be grouped into “original”, “revisions,” “Letters to the Editor”, etc. Papers and presentations / posters at conferences, indicating only those situations in which it acts as a speaker or those conferences or meetings in which some work is presented. Like publications, if many can be organized in reverse chronological order.

Investigations, indicating the body provides grants to carry it out.

Continuing education. These include courses and continuing education activities officially recognized as such. Attendance at conferences may also be added, although the credit is granted is decreasing, except that they have been oral or poster presentation.

Professional associations of which is a member.

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