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CV Writing Workshop

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Moayad Baadhaim

on 11 July 2014

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CV Writing Workshop
Agenda :
What should be included?
10 tips for CV writing
Spell check your CV
Choose your references carefully
1. What is CV?
Contact Information
Located at the top
Phone number
Professional E-mail address
Name of the institute
Date of graduation
Specific degree(s) earned
Any minors and/or double majors
GPA (only if high)
Company or organization, location
Position or title
Dates of employment
Brief descriptions of responsibilities and duties
Description of any qualifications (USMLE,...)
Publications & Presentations
Include all your prospective & published material
Include all poster and oral presentations
List location and type of presentation
Mention prospective papers (aim high)
Highlight relevant societies and leadership positions
Membership in professional organizations
Student organizations related to field
Mention membership years
Societies & Memberships
2. Formatting CV
3. Shaping CV
4. Conciseness
5. Content
6. Proofreading
What is a CV
Curriculum vitae or vita (
) tells the story of the professional's life, documenting their careers and showcasing their personal accomplishments.

"Too Many Words"
Use bullet points instead
Allows important information to stand out
Medical CVs are different
Begin Shaping by...
Using concise and a generic format
Using extra white or glossy paper
Ensuring consistent spacing and layout
Avoiding colors and too many fonts
Reverse chronological order - preferred
General Format
Depends on the job requirement
Most professionals have two formats (short and long format)
Reflects experiences and achievements
Limit to quality & important information
Avoid long sentences
Sort by type if it is a large list
Research, Teaching, International Experiences
strong descriptive action verbs

(Examine, Perform, Refer,...)
Career objective tells an employer about the job you desire

The best career objectives are honest, straight-forward and short
Objective and Professional Interest
Other Relevant Skills
Computer Skills
Language Skills
Clinical Skills
Laboratory Skills
Cover Letter
Education Vs. Job
Three Sections
Reference section may not be necessary if recommendation letters are required
Ask permission before giving names
Have someone else proofread it
Watch for spelling mistakes
Check the formatting
Don’t forget any important information
your strengths, accomplishments, and experiences
Name & Contact Information
Publications & Presentations
Work Experience & Licenses
Use accurate info
Tailor it
Cover letter
Do not leave gaps
Keep it current
Make it keyword friendly
look professional
Descriptive action verbs
Tell the truth
Proof, Proof, Proof
Sharif Hala
Moayad Baadhaim
Prepared Presented
Awards / Honors
Academic awards
Professional awards
Cover Letter
Get to the Point
Tailor you Letter to the Reader
Maintain the Right Tone
Make It Memorable
Stay on Track
Highlight you Biggest Successes
Provide Current Contact Information
Follow Up
Publish online
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