CV Enhancements for the Family Medicine Locum

With the increasing demand for family medicine locums, we have seen a commensurate increase in the level of competition for the most lucrative assignments. Landing those assignments often comes down to the curriculum vitae (CV). Candidates who offer the right kind of CV are more likely to get attention from employers and agencies. So having access to the best assignments is a matter of learning how to create and present an effective CV.

Family medicine locums should understand that the CV is more than just a multi-page calling card. It is a description of what the physician brings to the table. It is essentially a personal invitation to the employer to learn more about the physician and why he or she is the right choice for an assignment.

One of your primary goals as a locum is to create and maintain the kind of CV that is guaranteed to get attention. There are a number of things you can do to enhance your current CV if you already have one, or build one from scratch.

The Overview Page

An effective CV includes a first page that acts as an overview. In other words, you want to be able to give prospective employers the most essential information they need at a glance. On this first page, they should be able to find the most basic information, including:

  • contact information
  • educational history
  • residencies and fellowships
  • certifications and licenses
  • experience relevant to the assignment.

Keep in mind that this first page is for overview purposes only. Too much detail that spills into a second page ends up not being an overview at all. Stick to the basics along with any particular information targeted at the assignment you are seeking.

Your Locum History

Locums are a unique breed in the medical arena. Experience suggests that agencies and employers looking for family medicine locums are more amenable to doctors who have previous locum experience. To start with, you can enhance your CV by including a section that outlines all of your previous locum experience. Be careful to list all of your locum experience regardless of how short an assignment might have been. If there are any gaps between assignments, make sure these are explained.

Detailed License Information

Family medicine locums who work across state lines may run into problems with licensing. Therefore, it is essential that your CV includes updated and detailed license and certification information. Potential employers need to be able to verify licensing without having to make multiple phone calls or request records checks. The less work they have to do to verify your credentials, the more likely your CV will make it to the advanced stages of selection.

Document Format

Lastly, how you format your CV is more important than you might think. The idea is to make information easily readable and logical to follow. Use business-friendly fonts at 11 or 12 point, include headings and subheadings, and use things like bold and italicized text sparingly. Bullet points are very effective for listing multiple locum assignments or opportunities you had to practice outside of locum work. In the end, your CV should be as naturally readable as any professionally produced website or magazine article.

It’s always a good idea to have other people regularly read your CV while looking for typos and grammar mistakes. And by the way, you should be updating your CV with every new locum assignment. The more future employers know about your history as a family medicine locum, the stronger your position when it comes time to hire.