When CVs Are Right for Health-Care Jobs


A Guest Post by Jessica Hernandez, expert resume writer, is a nationally-recognized resume authority and former HR Manager who has achieved over a 99 percent success rate securing interviews with prestigious organizations through exclusive, personal branding strategies. From time to time, we’re publishing guest posts via Recruiting Blogswap. The health care profession is one of the only in the United States that, depending on the circumstance, requires either a standard resume or curriculum vitae (CV). If you are entering the field, under which circumstances should you prepare one or the other? What Is a Curriculum Vitae? First, let’s take a quick look at what a curriculum vitae is. Curriculum vitae (CV) means “the course in one’s life.” This document is similar to a standard resume in that it provides an overview of a job applicant’s professional history. But unlike resumes, the CV digs deeper to look at the applicant’s full career in their field. Curricula vitae are very common in countries outside of the United States, but here, only a few circumstances warrant a person’s considering the CV over a traditional resume. If you are in academia working as a college professor, then you would likely shift to the CV Also, if you are working in scientific professions, the CV is probably the choice for you. Individuals in the medical profession might need curricula vitae depending on their job title. Is the CV something you need? When Do You Need a CV? As professional looking for work in the medical field, it’s possible that you could need to submit a standard resume or CV. If you are working in an administrative, IT, or accountant position, it is likely that you will need a resume because these roles can be duplicated in other industries. But if you are a medical doctor/specialist or a pharmacist, you likely will need a CV because CVs require that you place more of a focus on the history of your entire career — so you can prove you are truly qualified to have someone else’s life placed in your hands. CVs require that you include your vast educational background, work history, specifics of your qualifications, professional memberships, research conducted, any management training, and experience. They also include speaking engagements, publications, and overall career intentions, among other information. Knowing when it is appropriate to send a CV or resume is important in the health-care profession. So before you apply for a position in this industry, do some research to know which type of document is best for you. [Editor’s note: See also our article, Preparing a Curriculum Vitae (CV), which includes links to some helpful Web sites and lists other resources.] For additional tips and advice on resumes and cover letters, follow us on Twitter @GreatResume or visit our blog.

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