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  1. The Pharmacy Curriculum Vitae Presented by Office of Career Services, a Division of Student Affairs PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that your review the resource in Notes View. Additional comments are added in to facilitate your understanding.

  2. What is a Curriculum Vitae? • Often referred to as a CV or Vita • Similar to a resume only longer (2 or more pages) • Provides a more extensive overview of professional achievements • Marketing tool. Goal -- to get you an interview! • Weak CV will get you “a” job • Strong CV will more likely get you “the” job you want • Dynamic; filled with action verbs & accomplishments – makes your document come alive

  3. Preparing for Clinical Rotations1 • Name • Contact Information • Objective • Education • Licenses/Certifications • Clinical Experience • Research • Other Pharmacy Experience • Publications • Presentations • Professional Memberships • Professional Meetings • Professional Leadership/ Activities • Honors/Awards • Community Leadership/ Service • Special Skills • References • Adapted from: • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) • Dr. Pat Parteleno, Associate Director of Pharmacy Practice; • Director of Experiential Programs

  4. Name • Title of the document • Place at top of page • 14-16 points font on page 1 only • Contact Information • Home/preferred address • Cell number • Appropriate answering messages • Email (ONU email effective until Oct. after graduation) • Subsequent pages • In Header or Footer: Name only & pagination, e.g. Page 2/4

  5. Objective • Directs CV writing process - Tool for stating “theme” or “goal” to shape your writing: • What do I want? (specify PGY-2 position) • What can I offer that’s relevant? Skills, Experience • What are my special interests? Specific aspect of the field • Can use for seeking niche jobs or PGY-2 • Must convince the reader to want you! • Employers use to determine your “fit” • Phrases to avoid: • “A challenging position” Says “Don’t bore me” • “…with opportunity for growth/advancement..” Says “Promote me”

  6. Education • 1st - Name of Degree, Graduation Date • Most important info to the reader is “Are you qualified and when are you available?” • 2nd - Institution • 3rd - Grades, IF 3.0 or higher (on 4.0 scale) • Ex. • Doctor of Pharmacy OR PharmD, May 2012 NOT Pharmacy Doctorate • Minor (if applicable) • Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH • Cumulative GPA: ___/4.00 (if 3.0 or higher)

  7. Licensure/Certifications • Include issue date/expiration date (except for intern license/s) • Do NOT include license number • Ex: • Ohio Immunization Certificate • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, April 7th 2012 • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), November 15th 2008 • Spell this out! • Ohio Registered Pharmacy Intern

  8. Clinical Experience • Rotations Completed – reverse chronological order • Rotations Scheduled – chronological order • Name of Rotation • Employer/Agency Name • City, State • Dates • Preceptor, Preceptor’s Title • Environmental Description • Brief explanation regarding nature of work environment • Duties • Major tasks as those found in a job description And….

  9. Clinical Experience (cont) • Accomplishments – The Most Important Part! • Intangibles2 – Teamwork, Diversity, Problem-Solving, Communications, Leadership, Professionalism • Tangibles2– Clinical Skills, Pharmacy Practitioner Proficiency, Ability to Conduct Pharmacy Research • Quantitative, qualitative statements • How did you affect them? • What did you change/improve? • What did you accomplish? • How were you evaluated? • Tip: For more information, reference the Evaluation Tools in the ONU Doctor of Pharmacy Practice Experience Manual

  10. Clinical Experience Example Pediatrics, September 2011 Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH Division of Pediatric Pharmacology and Critical Care Preceptor: Betsy Murray, R.Ph., Pharm.D. 244-bed pediatric hospital and leading academic medical center/teaching hospital offering cutting-edge therapies to children, who often have complex medical and surgical problems, long before they’re available nationwide. • Duties: • Attended and participated in daily rounds with pediatric intensive care unit service • Provided consultation services to pediatric intensive care unit service regarding antiarrhythmic drug therapy with supervision of preceptor • Prepared and presented four patient-based case presentations to preceptor and peers • Accomplishments: • Impact more likely to be at the professional experience /administrative level.

  11. Research Experience (If applicable) • Name of Project • Collaborators / Advisor • Institution • Premise • Funding Sources & Amount (If applicable) • Use appropriate Style Guide to document. See Style Guides at: • International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Sample References • The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors and Publishers

  12. Research Experience Example “An Assessment of Pharmacists’ Attitudes Toward Continuing Professional Development, the Use of the Pharmacist Self-Assessment Mechanism, and Traditional Continuing Education,” Fall 2008 – Present Principle Investigator Jacquelyn Zak, Advisor Donald Sullivan, R.Ph., Ph.D. Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH Conducted survey research during January 2008 to determine pharmacists’ attitudes toward Continuing Professional Development. Assessed the likelihood of pharmacists using the Pharmacist Self-Assessment Mechanism, and evaluated if pharmacists believe traditional Continuing Education is maintaining professional competence

  13. Other Pharmacy Experience • Job Title • Employer Name • City, State • Date • Preceptor • Tasks • Indicate information that made this experience unique

  14. Other Pharmacy Experience Example Pharmacy Intern, Discount Drug Mart, Canton, OH, June – August, 2008 Preceptor: Tod Workman, R.Ph. • Processed prescriptions for retail pharmacy, including drug interaction screening, insurance issues, and label generation • Counseled patients on prescriptions drugs and OTC products under supervision • Compounded simple products, mostly creams and suspensions • Transcribed phone-in prescriptions from doctor’s offices • Managed drug inventory, helped prepare and receive orders

  15. Publications • Include citation • Peer-Reviewed • Non-Peer Reviewed • Use appropriate Style Guide to document. See Style Guides at: • International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Sample References • The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors and Publishers • Presentations or publications during rotations should be listed with the rotation • Ex.4 • Abbott P, Timpe EM. Medroxyprogesterone in congestive heart failure. Am Pharm. 2010;4:416-19. • Siris PC, Moteme P. Anticoagulation. J ASHP. 2003;30:21-29.   • Moteme P. Pharmacy operations. Federal Practitioner. 2002;10:15-18. 

  16. Presentations • Oral • Presentations at local, regional or national meetings • Peer-Reviewed • Non-Peer Reviewed • Ex. • “An Assessment of Pharmacists’ Attitudes Toward Continuing Professional Development, the Use of the Pharmacist Self-Assessment Mechanism, and Traditional Continuing Education” • The American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists Annual Meeting & Exposition, San Diego, CA, April 2008 • Meet the Researchers: APhA-ASP Contributed Papers Poster Session, April 2008 • Annual Conference of The Ohio Pharmacists Association, Columbus, OH, April 2008 • Ohio Research Forum, April 2008 • Presentations or publications during rotations should be listed with the rotation

  17. Professional Memberships • List full name of organization as well as the abbreviation • Ex. • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP); 2002-2008 • American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Students of Pharmacy (APha-AASP); 2002-2008 • Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (OHPCO); 2006-2008

  18. Professional Meetings • List name of meeting, location and date • Ex. • American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) annual conference, Atlanta, GA; March 2007 • Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) conference, Columbus, OH; April 2008 • Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) conference, Columbus, OH; April 2007 • Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) conference, Columbus, OH; April 2006

  19. Professional Leadership/Activities • List leadership role, name of event or organization, location and date • Ex. • Moderator for presentations, Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (OHPCO), 2007 Annual Meeting • Operation Diabetes, Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP), 2006

  20. Honors/Awards • Academic, Leadership, or Service • Ex. • Honors: • Rho Chi (academic honor society in pharmacy), 2007 • Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership honor society), 2007 • Phi Kappa Phi (national honor society for all academic disciplines), 2007 • Phi Lambda Sigma (national pharmacy leadership society), 2005 • Mortar Board (national college senior honor society), Winter 2004 • Awards: • Cleveland Society of Health-System Pharmacists Intern Scholarship, 2006 • Louis D. Vottero Award (recognition of research honors), 2008 • Habitat for Humanity Leadership through Service Award, 2007

  21. Community Leadership/Service • Ex. • Habitat for Humanity, 2003 – Present Ohio Northern University Campus Chapter, Ada, OH • Volunteered 1,115 hours of service • Treasurer, March 2006 – March 2007 • Managed campus chapter bank account (large account $8,000 – $24,000) • Organized and led campus chapter alternative spring break trip to Jackson, MS involving 50 students • President, March 2005 – March 2006 • Elected president of largest student organization on campus (300 members) • Personally fundraised $3,115 for campus chapter • Appropriated $17,500 to local affiliate and $2,000 to international group • Ada Friends Mentorship Program, Fall 2003 – Spring 2005

  22. Special Skills • Computer • Patient-care information software • Medical database search engines • Modern Language (list fluency) • Include language/s studied and/or native language • Extensive Travel/Cultural Immersion, e.g. • Study abroad or living abroad • Guatemalan Clinical Rotation • Indian Health Services Clinical Rotation • Kenya Trip • Interests • List only if unique

  23. Other Employment • Typically unrelated, student/summer jobs • Add near the end of document; not as relevant but still of interest • Only include: • Job Title • Employer Name • City, State • Dates

  24. References • Always start on a separate page • Include full contact information: Name, Title, Employer Address, Work Phone, Fax, Email • Include 1-2 statements regarding relationship • Have 3-5 recommenders; good choices include: • Preceptors • Faculty/Advisors • Coaches/Organizational Advisors • Supervisors • Use professionals who can/will speak well about you • Ask! Coach! Provide resume/CV to all recommenders • Send a Thank You note to your recommender when your recommendation is complete

  25. General Guidelines • Two Rules: • Prioritize your content for the reader • Arrange sections from the most important to the least important • Consistency • Focus first on content; then determine format • Arrange information within sections in reverse chronological order • Use standard Word.doc format, not templates

  26. General Guidelines (cont) • Content (cont): • Avoid more than 7 lines of continuous text - it won’t be read; change format to bulleted statements instead • Avoid sentence format – it creates too much text for the reader to absorb; to help you: • Omit the articles “a, an, the” if possible; they are just filler words • Change prepositional phrases (filled prescriptions for compounds) to adjective descriptors (filled compounded prescriptions) - makes language more concise • Omit personal information unless it directly supports your objective; ex. religious and/or political affiliation • Unacceptable: “Nursery school volunteer - United Methodist Church” • Acceptable: “Church nursery school volunteer”

  27. General Guidelines (cont) • Format • Eye-catching page 1 (resume style page) is most impactful for getting initial interview • Standard margins: Top/Bottom = 1” and Right/Left = 1.25” • Standard font size: 10-12 points font on all subsequent pages • Readable font style; do NOT use Courier • Do NOT space information into place! Learn to set and use tabs. Information not set with a tab will “walk” when opened using different computers/printers • Use bullets to break up paragraphs of text – easier to read • Add month/year on bottom line, last page only • Date your document was last updated • Reference for you to track which version of your CV you are reading • Make small (4-8 points font)

  28. General Guidelines (cont) • General Information – document should be: • Concise/ well organized - should see strong points at a glance • Include the technical vocabulary of your profession, better known as “keywords” • Dynamic - use action verbs - (present or past tense) versus adverbs (words ending in –ing) • Quantifiable • Highlight achievements, attributes, skills, abilities, and experiences to your best advantage

  29. General Guidelines (cont) • Saving Your CV • For the Internet (for recruiters /hiring managers to find you) • Save your document using the words “Resume or CV or Vita or Vitae or Curriculum Vita or Curriculum Vitae” in the file path name • Makes it easy for your document to be returned in a detailed search • CAUTION! Using just the word “Resume” for example, also makes it easy for you or others to accidently over-write your document! An easy remedy is to add your initials and/or the date to the file path name • Working CV vs. Final CV • Record all activities/events/accomplishments in your Working CV; eventually Working CV will be too long for practical use • When applying for a new opportunity, create a new Final CV from your working CV that is tailored to that specific opportunity; include most pertinent information

  30. General Guidelines (cont) • Paper • Select high-quality paper but don’t pay high dollars for it! ONU Printing Services packages and sells high quality paper and matching envelopes to students for a fraction of the cost found at retail centers • Paper color? White or Off White in medical professions • Printing • Laser-printed only • ONU Printing Services will print resumes/CVs for students Contact them for details, 419-772-2067

  31. General Guidelines (cont) • Scannable CV • Add “keywords” which will make the CV more likely to be found or “sourced” from an employer database or from an online channel • Limit placement 5 – where you post • Limit privacy 6 – what you post • CV Examples • Search Internet to get ideas/examples for: • Wording • Format • Document Styles • Search using: • Google, Yahoo, or Dogpile Search String: (resume OR cv OR vita OR vitae OR "curriculum vita") pharmD • LinkedIN Search String: (pharmD)

  32. Resources • CV/Resume Grading Rubric

  33. Resources (cont) • ASHP Mid-Year Pre-Meeting Webinar, CV and Resume Writing Tips and Traps • ACCP Online Curriculum Vita Review Program August 1, 2009 - March 2010 Open to all ACCP student members FREE! • Have your CV reviewed by an experienced ACCP volunteer member • ACCP Directory of Residencies, Fellowships, and Graduate Programs • Recommended Style Guide Resources OR

  34. References • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP); CV Preparation Tips • Assessment of PharmD Candidate Professionalism, Doctor of Pharmacy Advanced Practice Experience Manual, PHPR 650, 09-10; Ohio Northern University • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), CareerPharm, An Outline for Preparing a Chronological Curriculum Vitae • U.S. Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services • “15 Critical Criteria for Choosing the Best Job Site for You,” Job-Hunt.Org. • “To Make Your Resume "Cyber-Safe –,” Job-Hunt.Org, • Resume Rubric, Amy Raphael,—Career development and job-search advice for new college graduates. National Association of Colleges and Employers

  35. Recognition Thanks to all of the following individuals who collaborated on this presentation and provided input to maximize it’s value for ONU’s pharmacy students and alumni. • Dr. Kelly Shields, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice • Dr. Kim Broedel-Zaugg, Professor of Pharmacy Practice • Dr. Pat Parteleno, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice; Director of Experiential Programs • Dr. Jen Kline, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice; Assistant Director of Experiential Programs • Dr. Michelle L. Kucera, Pharm.D.,BCPS, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Lenexa, KS • Ms. Genie Dixon, RPh, Pharmacy Services Coordinator, Kroger-Columbus Division, Columbus, OH • Ms. Nancy Sheely, Assistant Director of Career Services | Career Coach for STEM majors | Employer-Recruiter, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH

  36. Upcoming Events Pharmacy Jobs Fair Monday, October 1, 2010 Ohio Northern University More details will be available on the Career Services website

  37. Office of Career Services Lehr-Kennedy House Phone: (419) 772-2145 Fax: (419) 772-2007 E-mail: Hours of Operation Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Call or email for an appointment to receive individualized assistance for Career Advisory Services • Visit our website for more information: Questions?