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Revamp your CV via the internet

If you are looking for a new practice help is at hand. By Dr Emma Lackey.

Dr Lackey: CV help lies onlineDecisions about short-listing job applicants may be made in less than a minute, so if you are applying for a salaried or a partnership post a well-presented curriculum vitae (CV) is important. There are companies you can pay to overhaul your CV. Or you could do it yourself with help from the web.

Yorkshire Deanery Careers Service

www.yorkshiredeanery.com

The deanery's 'hints and tips' for putting together an effective CV is an excellent guide to what you should and should not include. The dos and don'ts list recommends adapting your CV for each application and warns against leaving time gaps in your career history.

Top tips

  • Avoid a cramped layout and use a consistent style.
  • Include a skills section targeting the post's specific requirements.
  • Beware words not picked up by your spellchecker, for example, 'gaol-orientated' GP.
  • Email your CV as a PDF file to keep the layout or design intact.

ISC Medical

www.medical-interviews.co.uk

This commercial site offers a dedicated CV writing service. While this costs £235 for a salaried GP/GP partner post, much of the free guide 'Medical CV Tips - Consultants' is relevant to general practice.

Top tips

  • Do not waste space including unnecessary personal details.
  • Describe any past teaching experience in a structured logical way.
  • Do not forget to include computer/IT skills.
  • Remember that 'longer is not necessarily better'.

Royal College of Physicians London Health Informatics Unit

http://hiu.rcplondon.ac.uk

This offers a tutorial centred on getting an interview. While intended for a hospital career, the comprehensive summary in the 'Structuring the CV' section is a good starting point if you have not updated your CV for a long time.

Top tips

  • Read the examples to see how good structuring will give your CV appeal.
  • Beware of adding elaborate artwork. An unorthodox CV may imply characteristics unsuited to GP work.
  • Avoid making career details too bland to identify you as a person.

Dr Lackey is a GP locum in Tyne and Wear

Yorkshire Deanery
www.yorkshiredeanery.com/careers_support

ISC Medical
www.medical-interviews.co.uk/index.html


Royal College of Physicians London Health Informatics Unit
http://hiu.rcplondon.ac.uk/education/elearningzone

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