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Creating Your Curriculum Vitae. Purpose of the CV. Your introduction to future employers A marketing tool Employment record Education and training record Highlights experiences, skills, talents, etc. Where to start?. Gather information Work history Education history

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Creating Your Curriculum Vitae


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Purpose of the CV

  • Your introduction to future employers

  • A marketing tool

  • Employment record

  • Education and training record

  • Highlights experiences, skills, talents, etc


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Where to start?

  • Gather information

    • Work history

    • Education history

    • Extracurricular Activities

    • Accomplishments/Awards/Achievements

    • Unique features/qualities


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Where to start?

  • Organize

    • By time frame

    • By category

    • By importance


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Essentials

  • Accuracy/truthful

  • List only significant and/or relevant items

  • Highlight accomplishments, leave out potentially damaging and irrelevant information

  • Provide brief descriptions if necessary


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Essentials

  • Utilize an attractive format

  • Select a professional font and paper

    • Times New Roman

    • White or Ivory

  • Proofread!


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What to Avoid

  • Don’t lie or exaggerate

  • Don’t use pronouns, abbreviations, jargon

  • Don’t crowd margins or use small type

  • Don’t overdo the use of capitals, bold type, or underlined phrases

  • Don’t leave gaps in time


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Formats

  • Chronological

    • Lists events in reverse order

    • Highlights Accomplishments

  • Functional

    • Focuses attention where you want it

    • Detracts from natural progression

  • Combination

    • Hybrid between chronological and functional

    • Useful in selected cases (e.g., long history)


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Format

  • Neat and clean

  • Easy to read

  • Logical

  • Flowing

  • Concise

  • Accurate

  • Consistency

  • Quality (paper and print)


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References

  • Identify several potential individuals

    • Past employers

    • Former teachers, professors, preceptors

    • Civic and community leaders

  • Always ask permission

  • Prepare information for your references

  • Select the most suitable individuals for the position you are seeking

  • Remember to say “Thank You”


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Jessica Ross

Address

3800 Hill Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19105

(813) 667-1235 (home, after 6 p.m. EST)

(813) 667-4589 (hospital paging)

jross@yahoo.com

Education

University of Pennsylvania-School of Medicine, M.D., expected May 2000

University of Pennsylvania, M.S. in Biology, June 1996

Oberlin College, B.S. in Biology, June 1994

Honors and Awards

Family Medicine Interest Group Leadership Award, 2000

Outstanding Senior Biology Award, Oberlin College, 1994

Dean's Award, Oberlin College, 1994

Professional Society Memberships

American Academy of Family Physicians 2000 to present

Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians 2000 to present

American Medical Association 2000 to present

Pennsylvania Medical Society 2000 to present

Employment Experience

Venipuncture Team U-P University Hospital, 1997-1998

Teaching Assistant, University of Pennsylvania, Biology Department, 1995-1996

Extracurricular Activities

Family Medicine Interest Group, 2000 to present

Youth Volunteer ­ Big Sisters

Outside Interests ­ Piano, poetry, reading, running, walking, cycling, travel

Special Qualifications ­ Private pilot license, 1997. Fluent in French

Publications

"Make Time to Get Involved in Your Community", The Community Service

Connection, Spring 1999.

"10 Tips for Effective Leadership," the Exchange, Fall 2001.


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