Making Your CV Stand Out

Interviewers see lots of CV’s and to be honest most of them look the same. The internet has a lot of information about resumes- to help you out we have picked the eyes out of the best of them


There are lots of formats out there; here is one that won’t go too wrong:

  • Personal details
  • Career statement
  • Education and qualifications
  • Present position
  • Career history (ensure that any gaps in employment are accounted for)
  • Clinical skills and experience
  • Research
  • Quality assurance
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Summary


The basic principles aren’t rocket science

  1. Write more than one resume
  2. Write in complete sentences
  3. Quantify your resume
  4. Pay attention to professionalism
  5. Make your resume aesthetically pleasing
  6. Do not lie on your resume
  7. Do not repeat bullet points
  8. Do not make spelling and grammar errors

From website (software and guide) for 10 Commandments of good resume writing

Describing your experience is the meat of your CV- here are a few methods you can try.

Methods for describing experience

WHO Method

Michigan State University

What you did

How did you do it (skills strategies, methods, tools, attitudes)




Experience bullet points

3 Parts of a strong bullet point:

1st: Action Verb (should always be first)

2nd: Quantifiable Point

3rd: Specific and relevant job duty

Example: managed a busy clinical team with an average of 50 new admissions per weekend while doing general medicine registrar at St Elsewhere.


Suggestions for a Summary

From Rockport Institute: How to write a masterpiece of a resume

“Here are the most common ingredients of a well-written summary.

  • A short phrase describing your profession
  • Followed by a statement of broad or specialised expertise
  • Followed by two or three additional statements related to any of the following:
    • breadth or depth of skills
    • unique mix of skills
    • range of environments in which you have experience
    • a special or well-documented accomplishment
    • a history of awards, promotions, or superior performance commendations
    • one or more professional or appropriate personal characteristics
  • A sentence describing professional objective or interest.

You would not necessarily use all these ingredients in one summary. Use the ones that highlight you best.”



Suggestions for a Career Goal Statement

From Rockport Institute: How to write a masterpiece of a resume

So many resumes we see make a gallant effort to inform the reader. But we don’t want the employer to be informed; we want them to be interested and curious. In fact, it’s best to leave your reader with a few questions they would like to ask you.

In your assertions section, state your Objective – your intended job. Ideally, your resume should convey why you are the perfect candidate for one specific job or job title. There is debate out there about whether to state an Objective, but generally speaking, we think it’s a good idea. Keep it to the point, and keep the employer front and centre as your write.”


Useful Resources

BMJ Careers

Useful resource generally for career advice and specifically tailored to medicine

BMJ Careers

CV writing skills

Interview Skills



Your Future Success Is Not In Your Resume But Your Capability: Kevin O’Connor at TEDxLUC
Inspiring talk on principle that it’s not about you

How to write a good CV

Video on Generic Resume principles around formatting


Forbes Aug 27 2014 6 Secrets of Great Resumes, Backed By Psychology

Great article on how to get a job at google

  • Quantify your impact
  • Makes your interests quirky
  • Show the competition (came 4th out of 10,000)
  • Ask an employee for feedback
  • Associate yourself with big brands
  • Reinforce key message (rule of seven)



For many more tips and advice please visit our Blog.



– Dr Matthew Links



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