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FALL 2017

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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26 FALL 2017 ▾ T HE CON T R AC T S & COMPENSAT ION ISSUE D E P A R T M E N T S Job Doctor NICOLE COX TOM BRENNAN How to optimize your CV It's a competitive market for physicians. Following these tips will help you stand out in your search. THE DEMAND FOR PHYSICIANS AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS IS HIGH. So just as you keep up with the latest best practices in your field, you also should keep up with best practices on your résumé or C v . A weak one can cause you to be passed over in spite of your strong qualifications. In general, a good C v or résumé is specific, true, achievement-focused and relevant. There are a few simple procedures you can perform on your résumé to optimize outcomes. Based on input from seasoned recruiters, here are tips to make it easy for recruiters to find you and match your qualifications to an organization's needs. Streamline the formatting Most recruiters use search engines and applicant tracking systems (ATSs) to find and process C v s. These tools have parsing functions to scan and pull information. If your C v has graphics, text boxes, unusual bullet styles and frilly fonts or other fancy formatting, it may confuse the parsing function, which could result in your C v being passed over by search engines or mishandled by an ATS. Spell out acronyms, and include keywords to help with search engine optimization. A few carefully chosen keywords will work better than an overdose of semi- relevant ones. Keywords will include your areas of specialty, so they probably will show up as you list your education and career history. However, use the more common terms that recruiters are likely to use when searching. For example, use "coronary angioplasty" rather than "percutaneous coronary intervention." Know whether you need a résumé or CV "Short and sweet" is a good rule of thumb, but an academic or clinician is more likely to use a curriculum vitae (C v ) than a résumé. Depending on your definition of the two terms, you may want both or at least a hybrid. Some consider a C v a simple listing and a résumé as a creative tool for "selling" yourself. You can create a hybrid by formatting the first two pages as a résumé and then set up additional pages as a C v -style list. While a résumé in just about any other profession should be no longer than two pages, a C v can run If you're applying for a role in a different location, communicate why you're planning a move.

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