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How to Write a CV - Introduction

This article goes through a simple 3 step process in drafting your very own CV from scratch. We have used this same process ourselves to write our own detailed, structured CVs.

At the end, download our template and have a go at making your very own CV.  

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Introduction

If you are reading this, you are probably a medical student or wannabe med student at some stage in your training. You may have already made a decent CV for yourself or you have only just begun to think about it. This article will talk you through step-by-step how you can make your CV from scratch. Then we will talk about developing your CV and how to best use your limited time to take advantage opportunities that suit you and will help you develop as a student. Whatever stage you are at there are going to be nuggets of knowledge in this article to help you.

The Purpose of the CV

Applicant’s perspective

The CV or more fully the curriculum vitae, is something that may be used at any point in your career. As a medic it can be used to get roles on committees, teaching roles, clinical or research placements, electives and the list goes on. Later down the line your CV forms part of your portfolio that you will use to get into specific training programs
as you progress in your career.

Recruiter perspective

The reason that a recruiter wants to see your CV is so they can use it to gauge a few key qualities in the candidates. The top qualities they are likely to be looking for depends on the role. In general, they will want to see somebody who has acquired the necessary skills, has shown commitment and has the capacity to develop their skills.

Ultimate purpose of the CV

As you progress in your career you will see a bigger emphasis on the importance of your CV. What is the point of it all? Applicants want to develop their skills to get the roles that they can then add to back to their CV and it can become a repetitive cycle. Recruiters want to appoint skilled applicants who will carry out the task well. Is this for getting onto that training pathway you so want to do in future? Is it for an ego boost? Is it just because you feel like you should do something? 

Well… it may be all of those things, but amongst these reasons I emphasize the importance of seeing the bigger picture of everything that you do. For everything you should really ask yourself WHY you are doing it? Ask yourself, “how is it going to add value to me or others?” If you can’t think of a good answer, then first of all you won’t be happy doing it and secondly, it will be really difficult to motivate yourself to do the task. Additionally, recruiters will be able to see through the stuff you have done just for the CV. There should be a good reason behind everything you do…

If you are reading this, you are probably a medical student or wannabe med student at some stage in your training. You may have already made a decent CV for yourself or you have only just begun to think about it. This article will talk you through step-by-step how you can make your CV from scratch. Then we will talk about developing your CV and how to best use your limited time to take advantage opportunities that suit you and will help you develop as a student. Whatever stage you are at there are going to be nuggets of knowledge in this article to help you.

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