When writing a physician resume or CV, it’s important to strike a balance between giving too little and too much information. You want to tell your potential employer enough to encourage them to contact you, but you also want to avoid either overwhelming them with information or steering them away with details that may make you less desirable as a candidate. Here are some things you should avoid including:
A good rule of thumb is to never include information that it would be illegal for your prospective employer to ask of you. This includes race/nationality, sexual orientation, marital status, family situation, age/birth date, and religious affiliation. In an ideal world, all hiring managers are unbiased, and none of these statuses would stand between you and the job you desire. However, even someone who considers himself or herself neutral on all of these statuses may act on unconscious biases when culling the pile of resume submissions. It is perhaps even more likely that the disclosure of such information will indicate to your prospective employer that you are unprofessional or naive—two qualities one would most certainly wish to avoid conveying in a job search.
MCAT Scores/USMLE Scores
Unless you’re applying for a residency program, most employers are not terribly interested in how well you did on placement tests or qualifying exams, particularly if you have been a practicing physician for a number of years. While these scores are useful for determining how well one will succeed in medical school or within a certain residency program, employers are far more interested in your clinical experience and skills. Even if you are applying for residency or fellowship programs that will request this information, they will likely require official transcripts or ask that you indicate on your application forms how you scored, so the inclusion of this information in your resume is redundant. Use that valuable space to detail other achievements.
Pre- or Non-Medical Work Experience and Education
Some people feel a resume must include absolutely every paid position they’ve ever held, but if it isn’t relevant to your desired position and omitting it will not create a conspicuous gap in your employment history, you shouldn’t put it on your physician resume. Similarly, I have seen resumes that included information about the high school and grammar school attended. This is completely unnecessary, extraneous information.
You often have only 15 seconds to make an impression on your prospective employer. By omitting some unnecessary details from your resume or CV, you draw more focus upon the experience and qualities that really make you shine. If you really want to knock them dead, the skilled writers and advisers at The Doctor Job can expertly transform your CV into a focused and streamlined resume that will strike the perfect balance between too much and too little information.