A good medical CV can make you stand out from the crowd and help land you the job you really want, so it's worth getting yours as good as it can be

Top tips:

  • Be concise
  • Be consistent in style
  • Explain any gaps in your career
  • Think about what your employer wants to know rather than what you want to tell them
  • Give evidence to back up your statements about achievements, experience and skills. Keeping a journal will help you collect this evidence.

Why bother?

Virtually every job you apply for will need an online application and won't ask you for a CV. So what's the point of having one in the first place?

When you go online to apply for a job, you'll need to give some standard information about you and your history - identity, contact details, education, schooling, qualifications, present position and past career history.

There's no point in reinventing this for every application, so a CV means you can cut and paste all this each time you go online. Employers don't need to know about your age, marital status and so on.

Your experience and skills

Each application will be competency-based, so your CV should highlight your experience and skills in the areas employers will want to know about.

Keeping reflective journals during your studies (and beyond) will help provide you with examples of the competencies employers will be looking for, such as team-working, communication skills, clinical experiences, your patient focus, getting help when you are unsure what to do, holding difficult conversations, reporting patient safety concerns and so on.

Remember, never write anything that might allow a patient to be identified.

Your wider contribution

Your CV is the best place to keep a list of your publications in the format required by employers. This needs to include the PMID (PubMed Identifier). Some employers want to know about your interests, but be sure to select interests that tell potential employers something useful about you and your abilities.


Always ask your referees for their consent before you give their details to a potential employer. Give your referee a copy of your CV as well as the job description of the post you're applying for.

This page was correct at publication on 13/08/2015. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.