CV Writing Tips

  • April 13, 2020

Regardless of what stage you are at in your medical career, your doctor CV if the first chance you get to make a good impression to a potential NHS employer. 

So, it is vital that your doctor CV is professional, clear and concise so that it tells the story of your medical career. Crucial to this is the style & format, so we have put together the best tips for nailing the Style & format of your medical CV, enjoy! 

To get you started, request a CV template for UK applications.

The decision maker reviewing your CV will likely only have a few minutes to review your CV in the first instance, so it is an important to get it right! 

  • Keep all information concise, using professional short and simple sentences.

You can have all the information about your career on your CV but if your prospective employers can’t see the relevant information clearly then your CV will prove ineffective at securing you an interview.

  • Be consistent with organisation and appearance. 

Under all categories of your CV and subdivided experience, keep the same consistent organizational structure and appearance, this will ensure information is easily found and makes an impression.  

  • Use clear headings. 

As above your information needs to be found easily. Use the headings provided on our CV guide for overseas doctors

  • Use a consistent professional font (i.e. 12-point Arial, Calibri or Times).

One tiny decision, such as choosing the wrong font, could make the difference to secure you an interview. The font has to be appealing and easy on the eyes. 

  • Use bullet points.

These should mainly be used when presenting lists, achievements, duties & responsibilities and qualifications. Using bullet points makes scanning through your CV effortless. Using bullet points throughout improves the structure, style and format of your CV. 

  • Use active wording when referring to skills, and focus on positive aspects (i.e. gained, confident, responsible for, responsible for…)

When you write with the active voice, it adds impact. 

  • Use action words.

Faulty word choices can undermine the strength of your CV, so make a point of choosing powerful action verbs. Action words are specific, clarify your contributions, and bring a confident tone to your CV and list of accomplishments. Try achieved, championed, supervised, expanded, increased, improved, collaborated

  • Combine your selection of action verbs with quantifiable results.

This shows both what you did and the impact it had. For example, “Expanded use of patient feedback, resulting in 20% increase in patient satisfaction.”

  • Avoid personal opinions, & don’t exaggerate… just present facts.

Your CV should be accurate in content, you will have plenty time to provide details on each accomplishment and skill during your interview, so keep it to the point. 

  • Do not repeat.

Your CV should be informative but concise. 

  • Present chronologically.

A good CV will be logically ordered and easy to read from start to finish. By careful and clearly ordering content, this will ensure your CV receives more attention.  

For more information on what to include in your CV, take a look at our article on CV writing for overseas doctors

Get your CV proofread by an IMG Consultant, it is always good to check, check and check again! 

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