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Spring 2019

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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56 S PRIN g 2019 PracticeLink.com features each CV to see if there's some tie to a small town in the Midwest or some reason why I should take up the candidate's time and my time with a phone call to learn a little bit more," Aitken says. Roberta Gebhard, D. o ., president-elect of the American Medical Women's Association, counts among her friends an adventure medicine enthusiast who spl its t i m e b e t w e e n h e r jobs as an emergency medicine physician and a whitewater rafting guide. Wou ld that intrig ue a prospective boss? Absolutely, she says, noting anything that fosters interest, leads to common talking points, and links you with potential colleagues can be helpful. "You want to offer something that sparks a connection with you or that gets you into the door," Gebhard says. Up dates a nd versions. G iven t h at physicians often have multiple aspects to their careers — and recruiters like seeing CVs and cover letters targeted to their openings — there are plenty of reasons to have more than one version of your CV. Kennedy Ganti, M.D., FA A FP, assistant professor of medicine for New Jersey-based Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, for instance, is boarded both in family medicine a n d c l i n i c a l informatics. If he's asked to speak at a clinical workshop or conference, not surprisingly he forwards a CV calibrated to those experiences. If someone wants to tap his extensive work in health IT and clinical informatics, however, he offers a bio that speaks directly to those skills. "I typically advise my residents and students as they move forward to be very, very specific about what they want and very specific with their CVs," Ganti says. "You need to generate various iterations for the different opportunities that you're deciding." The finishing touch Creating a great CV won't get you anywhere unless you have a polished end product. To put a bow on the package, consider these points. Get outside help. If your C V-writing skills are wanting, it's smart to invest in professional help. "Whatever you need to do to have a good high-quality professional- looking CV, you need to do it," says Aitken. Daniels recalls a friend who wasn't getting any job bites with his current C V. She realized immediately that the bio he had created didn't reflect what she knew about him — that he was a great physician, beloved by his patients. Daniels suggested working with an outside firm to revise the document. Once he had a new CV fully demonstrating his talents, he quickly snagged his next job. "If you recognize that this is not a skill set of yours, I would certainly encourage you to work with people who can help you — particularly if you're in training and you haven't done this before," says Daniels. Edit and edit again. Even if you don't hire a pro to craft your CV, you want an extra set of eyes to take a serious look. "It doesn't hurt to get a second opinion," says Jennifer Feddersen, FASPR, director executive of physician and advanced practice providers recruitment for Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System. "It's even better if you have a friend in h R or a recruiter who can look for common misspellings and mistakes." Format for clean effects. Recruiters suggest converting your CV into a PDF to make sure it holds its formatting shape between your computer and that of any recruiter. Final thoughts You'll have many particulars to consider in creating a winning CV. Keep in mind, Need help writing your CV? Visit PhysicianCV.com to create yours today! Your challenge is to target the right opportunities with a CV that makes a strong case for you.

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