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9 things you must have on your CV – Resume writing for locums, Part 2

Resume writing for locums

In the first part of this series, we pointed out 23 things that you should never put on your CV. Who knew that there were so many ways to go wrong with a CV?

We often have a response of incredulity to our ‘resume rules’ (such as “Why can’t I have my Year 11 rugby victory on my CV?!!!”) but the results the
locum doctors who work with us get by following these rules is proof positive that they work!

There is no right or wrong format for a CV. In terms of layout, make sure that the font is plain (such as Times or Arial), and that it is appropriately spaced. Use of dot points is encouraged in order to create a sense of white space and encourage ease of reading.

The most important factor to consider is the relevancy of the information on your CV for the position you are applying for. If you are applying for a position as an Emergency locum, make sure that your resume has an emphasis on the relevant skills and experience for that position. You may end up with a few different versions of your CV for different types of positions.

So, what to put on the CV (in order):

1. Contact details

This should include your name, postal address, home and mobile numbers, and email address.

2. Summary

This is a two to three line precis of your professional experience. For example: “I am a New Zealand trained General Practitioner with over 25 years of experience in primary healthcare, corporate consulting, emergency medicine, and academic teaching”.

Make it as simple as possible.

3. Key Attributes

This is three to four dot points on what makes you stand out as a candidate for a position. For example:

-Experience in regional and remote environments
-Postgraduate qualifications in Womens and Children’s Health
-Appointments to the University of Auckland as a lecturer and clinical tutor
-Recipient of the college award for XYZ

4. Current positions

List the positions you currently hold, and the name of your employer

5. Career History Summary

This is simply a list of the relevant positions you have held, starting from the most recent. A (shortened) example:

General Practitioner, City Medical Centre
Emergency CMO, Auckland Hospital
Visiting Medical Officer, Auckland Women’s Health Centre

….and so on to your first intern position.

6. Detailed professional experience and achievements

This section is the most detailed part of the CV, and is what really goes into detail about your experience, and what you have done in each position. Where relevant, we suggest that you break it down into various sections according to the type of experience, such as “Primary Health Care Experience”, “Women’s Health Experience”, “Academic Experience”.

The individual positions are then listed under the sub-heading; as below:

General Practitioner Experience

General Practitioner, January 2005 to present

-City Medical Centre, Auckland NZ
-Write 4-5 dot points on:
-Key achievements (e.g. started respiratory clinic for elderly population)
-Educational/research duties (e.g. ran meetings for registrars)
-Clinical duties (saw X patients per day, procedures, etc)
-Management/Administrative (attended quarterly management meetings)
-Key skills utilised

7. Publications

List relevant publications in the format convention of your college or discipline.

8. Education

List the title of the course, awarding institution, and year. The most recent should be listed first.

e.g. Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, Sydney University 2006

9.Courses and workshops

List relevant courses, with the most recent first.

e.g. APLS Course, Sydney 2001

The most important thing to keep in mind is that a CV is an evolving document, that must change over time in line with your professional growth. 

Beat Medical offers a free CV coaching service to our locums

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