5 Key Elements Medical Recruiters Look for in a Doctor’s CV

It’s no secret that doctors are very much in demand all over the world, however that’s no excuse for a poorly written CV. Doctors must have a clear CV which indicates that they can meet the demands of their chosen specialism. There are four key elements which medical recruiters and potential employers will be looking for when examining a CV, so read on to make sure you have the right information.



Start your CV with an opening statement that explains your goal, whether that’s to gain employment, undertake research, or apply for a grant. In what way do you intend to progress your career in healthcare? A career objective should be a single concise sentence which sums up your career goals. For some doctors, this may be a decision to work in a smaller practice because they want to work with the local community, for others it might be a step towards a management position to gain leadership skills, or a grant to further their research.



It may seem simple but don’t forget to include your contact details. A postal address, email address and telephone number should be present at the top of your CV. If you are sending your CV digitally, it can also be a good idea to include a link to your LinkedIn profile, or website if you have one set up.



When skimming your CV, potential employers and medical recruiters want to see your qualifications with the most recent at the top of the list. Make sure to include information about where you gained your doctor’s license and if you spent any time studying or practising abroad. If you are a relatively new doctor, include relevant internships and work experience placements as these will show that you have experience in working in the right environments.



All doctors will have strong academic credentials, so including your professional achievements is an excellent way to stand out. Professional achievements would include any research which you conducted or partook in, presentations given, and published articles or blogs. Writing for online publications relating to the medical field is an excellent way to show that you are interested and engaged in your professional field. You may also list memberships to any influential publications or professional organisations.



Good references are essential for finding employment in the healthcare sector. List your previous three employers as your references, including their name, position and contact details. If you are starting out in your medical career, previous academic tutors and work experience placement supervisors can be listed. Be sure to inform your references that you are including them in case they are contacted by potential employers.


Are you updating your medical-related CV? Don’t miss these four important elements which will present you in the best possible way to ensure that you secure the position you’re applying for.

Author Bio: Ron Stewart has worked in the recruitment industry for 30 years, having owned companies in the IT, Construction and Medical sectors. He is currently running the Jobs4Group, including Jobs4Medical.

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