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Why Your CV Isn’t Right For Locum Jobs

CV Isn't Right

It’s a Sunday morning, and you’re finally getting around to putting up that new bike rack in the garage. You break out the tools, and see that you’re going to need a 45mm drill bit for the job. The thing is, you’ve only got a 15mm bit. It will drill into the wall, but the bolts aren’t going to fit.

You either have to work with the tools you have at hand, or make a trip to the hardware store to get what you need. In this scenario, it’s likely that you’re going to go with the latter.

It’s not too different when it comes to your CV. Using a one-size fits all approach for your CV is not ideal when it comes to applying for jobs. And, if you’re a locum, especially so, because of the shortened application process.

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You need to expand the range of tools in your toolbox.

When you apply for a locum job, or your locum recruitment agency puts you forward for a vacancy, the selection process is generally very fast compared to a permanent position. Your CV is probably going to be read very quickly, so it pays to sharpen the content to make it more relevant for the reader.

As such, it’s critically important that what is on your CV is the right information for the job.

So, what is different about a locum CV vs your regular CV?

It is largely about the content. In terms of appearance, it will look much the same, and it’s not like you’re expected to rewrite the entire thing. It’s more about rearranging, and emphasising the information that is going to be most relevant for the locum position.

We’ve summarised the main points below:

Locum CV Regular CV
Shorter (no more than a few pages) Comprehensive
Work history mostly relevant to the position or type of position (e.g. emergency or GP locum) Detailed work history to show various aspects of experience
Introductory summary that reflects your current locum work aspirations Career-oriented CV summary
Short courses and accreditations (e.g. PLS, or ACLS) most relevant to your area of interest. Exclude irrelevant ones. Include a comprehensive rundown of courses (within reason)
List relevant skills up front (before career history) List relevant skills in each position section
Include your locum agency name and contact with your own contact details (e.g. Agency Contact: Beat Health (Grace Capasso – 1800 633 505) Include up to date contact details
Have a non-clinical reader in mind – the first review of your CV will generally be by a recruitment or administrative person. Write for a clinical reader
Change up the focus of the CV by locum position, if you are working across several areas (e.g. if you are a JMO working in ED, Medical Wards, and Paeds, etc) CV focus should be on your career path, can be slightly tailored to position you’re applying for

To manage multiple versions of your CV, we suggest setting up a Google Drive folder, and copying each version as you go. The great thing about a cloud-based service is that it is available virtually anywhere, and it has some pretty advanced versioning and sharing tools.

If you’re unsure of even where to start with your CV, we have a number of resources for you to download to get started now on setting up a great resume. In the increasingly competitive world of medical employment in Australia, what you learnt in schools about writing a CV probably isn’t going to cut it.

It’s about having the right tools in the toolkit for the job – no matter how much you want it to, you can’t drill a hole with a saw – and it’s the same for your CV.

Download our free CV guide and template to get started now. The guide answers the basic question of how to write a doctor’s CV for Australia, and how to build a basic format. It is just as relevant for other healthcare professionals too.

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