Post Graduate Training Abroad -3

How To Write A CV

This post (as the previous in this series) is aimed mainly for health care professionals, although others might find it useful too.

What is a CV?
CV stands for the word Curriculum Vitae. In some places it is called a resume. It is the document that describes your life events and achievements. When applying for a job, your CV plays an important role in the (marketing) process.

It is never early to write a CV. Even if you didn’t graduate yet you will find it very useful to start . It will help you to notice the weak points on your CV so you can work on them later.

Nothing in CV writing is totally right or wrong, except for few points:

  • It should be in black and white only.
  • 2 pages in length is the best.
  • Be consistent in using the font and size.
  • It should be always updated.

How to start:

Choose a quite place to sit down with a pen and blank sheets of paper. Write down everything related to your academic and professional life. List all the presentations that you made and all the courses that you attended. List everything, as if you are in a brain storming session.

After you are done, start with a new blank piece of paper, and write these categories down:

  • Personal information
  • Objective
  • Education
  • Professional Experience
  • Licencs and certificates
  • Awards and honors
  • Presentations
  • Research Experience
  • Courses and conferences
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Hobbies and interests
  • References

Now you have to write the appropriate elements under each subheading. You have to choose now. Not everything you did in your life can go in your CV

I will try to elaborate on more aspects of that later.

To be continued…

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