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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70 S UMMER 2018 features for physicians. If you've been hitting the books for several years without accumulating much work experience, you can still emphasize how you learned and grew during that time. "There are ways to demonstrate initiative and leadership skills even though they occurred in an educational setting," Peffley says. "Include details about your ranking, any accolades or awards you received, etc. These elements may be translated into skills also earned through work experiences." Whatever your background, the key is to shine a spotlight on your achievements and skills, while showing how you've spent your years productively. "Trust who you are and respect the decisions you've made along the way," says Huntly. "Even if you've made a mistake, focus on what have you learned from it." w HA t n O t t O I n CLUD e Though your C v is a highly detailed document, it's not completely comprehensive. A few pieces of information are best left out. Omit personal details, such as age, sex, gender identity, family structure, religious affiliations or marital status. "By indicating this information, you are essentially inviting someone to make an assumption about you and/or your abilities — and not always in a positive light," says Peffley. Immigration status is another area that may provoke a biased reaction, but applicants requiring visa sponsorships may need to open that conversation anyway. Peff ley explains, "You may simply add 'citizenship status: requires visa sponsorship' on the C v ." Most experts suggest you leave off the names and contact information of your references. This protects their privacy and enables you to share the most current information with prospective employers. Including "references available upon request" is unnecessary, as it's assumed applicants will supply references. Finally, never include anything that's not 100 percent accurate. False or intentionally misleading information has no place in a professional document and can permanently damage your reputation. Part 3: The cover letter In addition to your C v , you'll need one other document: a cover letter. This letter should be uniquely targeted to every opportunity. Peffley suggests you consider it your personal sales pitch, explaining, "[Use it to] illustrate why an employer interests you, and how you may positively contribute to — more importantly, impact— their organization." Letters are usually one or two pages and have a friendlier, more personalized feel than the C v . They are organized in three sections: The introduction: A short paragraph that explains where you are in your career, touches on your goals and identifies the opportunity you are applying for. The body: One to three paragraphs that identify what makes you a good fit for this position, mention any mutual connections and highlight any unique qualifiers. Peffley suggests explaining where you get your motivation and drive. "Outlining what inspires you may prompt the reader to want to learn more," she says. This can also be the place to put a positive spin on any potentially questionable areas in your C v . "Letters can be an appropriate spot for addressing issues," Huntly advises. "If you've followed a different path or changed directions, give reasons why that was part of your journey and convey that you are committed now." The conclusion: A paragraph thanking your readers for considering you, reiterating your interest and expressing enthusiasm about hearing from them. As with your C v , a cover letter with grammatical errors, inaccurate statements or poor word choices will work against you, so it's best to consult a professional. To save time down the road, formulate one or two generic versions, which you can later tailor to suit each application. Loosely translated from the Latin for the course of one's life, a curriculum vitae should be a comprehensive record of your noteworthy accomplishments. Creating this document can feel daunting. But if you reach out for help and update your C v annually, you'll maintain a current C v that reflects your achievements and presents you as a desirable candidate. DEBBIE SWANSON is a frequent contributor to PracticeLink Magazine. Read more about our contributors on page 20. Win! Find your next practice—and enter to win a $500 gift card—at

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