Making your medical CV competitive
How to make your CV stand out
- By: John McCullough
This article is the second of a two part series about how to write a medical CV. Previously we have discussed the six core sections required in every medical CV. The focus of this article is how to make your CV more competitive.
The key to a strong CV lies in understanding your target audience and tailoring what you present for each application. First of all, you must anticipate the requirements of the selection committee and interview panel. The best way to do this is by reading the person specification for your desired role. If you cannot find a person specification—for example, when applying for an elective bursary or student selected module—then look at those provided by the foundation programme1 and NHS specialty training2 for reference. Once you have made a checklist of the most important competencies relevant to your role, edit your CV to provide evidence for each. Alter