PracticeLink Magazine

SUM 2018

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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64 S UMMER 2018 PracticeLink.com features Treat your cover letter as your personal sales pitch, recommends physician recruiter Heather Peffley. · Photo by Hillary Muelleck See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at Facebook.com/PracticeLink consistently. Begin each section, except for your identification, with a header. List dated entries in reverse chronological order (using a month/ year format) and use alphabetical order for undated items, such as interests or skills. Sections include: Identification: Include your name and contact information at the top of the page. • Details to include: Your formal name, address, city, state, country and country code. Provide at least two means of contact: email address, home phone number and/ or cell number. • Tip: Be sure to include M.D. or D. o . next to your name so recruiters don't have to hunt for it. Personal statement: Some career advisers recommend including a personal statement about your goals, while others say a cover letter is a better place to relay this information. If you do choose to include a personal statement, keep it to one concise paragraph. • Details to include: Two to three sentences explaining where you are in your career, what your goals are, and why you are a good fit for the position. • Tip: Include a personal statement if you're using a recruiting service, as it helps recruiters identify you and understand your strengths. Education: Only include schools where you earned a degree or certification. If you transferred or withdrew from a school, you should omit this from your C v but be ready to provide details if asked. • D etail s to in clu d e: List the institution's full name, the degree/ certification obtained, month/year bestowed, major and minor(s), thesis or dissertation (if applicable), city, state and country. • Tip: Include the dates of your degrees. "This provides [verifiable] confirmation of your credentials and demonstrates experience or rank, often required for positions," says Heather j . Peffley, P h R, FASPR, physician recruiter at Penn State Health in Hershey, Pennsylvania. P rofessiona l cer ti f ications and licenses: List all of you r current medical accreditations, certifications or licensures. • Details to include: Name of the accreditation, state (if applicable), ye a r it wa s b e stowe d a nd expiration date. • Tip: There's no need to include license numbers on your C v . Awards and honors: List any honors and awards you have received, such as volunteer recognitions, academic distinctions, professional recognitions, military decorations and scholarships. Don't overlook anything that might be relevant. "Were you a chief resident?" asks Peffley. "If so, include that." • Details to include: Name of the award/honor, the year you received

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