Writing your medical CV
Focused and full of evidence—Laura Brammar from the BMA's careers service tells you how to write a CV that works
- By: Laura Brammar
Although recruitment to most medical posts is increasingly carried out using application forms, a CV is still used by some trusts for shortlisting or at interview stage and indeed for many general practitioner posts. Beyond that, the actual process of effectively analysing your skills and achievements and then presenting these succinctly on a CV can be a valuable exercise in itself. It can also be seen as a useful resource that can then be referred to when completing application forms.
The purpose of any CV, within or beyond medicine, is essentially to present relevant information about you to a prospective employer. At its most basic, your CV is your personalised response to the job description or person specification for the specific role that you are applying for. In other words, your CV is your part of the matching process that complements the outline of the job provided by the employer.