How to Put Together an Impressive Medical Resume

Preparation is very important for a successful job hunt. Previously, we studied how to prepare for the application process. Now the time has come for writing the application. To kick it all off, we’ll start with a case example. Audrey Jenkins has created an impressive infographic about how to make a medical resume and written a great corresponding article:

The field of healthcare is just as competitive as any other, so having an impressive medical resume is a must. All your credentials and accomplishments must be presented in a way that helps you stand out from the crowd. First, knowing what type of resume will work best for the position you are applying for is key.

How do you determine whether you need a CV or Resume?
A CV will list all your academic work, research projects, presentations and teaching experience. CVs are used for research positions, positions dealing with healthcare education, doctors and academia.

A resume summarizes your experience, special skills and education. This is used for administrative staff and management positions that are in clinical settings.

What do you need on a medical resume?
When writing a medical resume, you must include relevant key words. Most recruiters search resumes based on key words that are specific to the position. All your industry experience should be highlighted and any experience you have had that would contribute to the position should be included.

What other information should you include?

  • If you are multilingual, that’s a definite positive that should be included near the bottom.
  • Your personal statement should be detailed enough to showcase why you are seeking a career in this chosen field.
  • Every class, association, membership, license and certifications you have received all make a difference in getting your resume or CV noticed.

Once you have completed this task, take some time to look it over and evaluate whether or not you would choose your resume if you were a recruiter. Then determine whether or not you would hire yourself if given the opportunity.

What do you do next?

Once you’ve nailed an interview, dress appropriately, bring your resume with you to the interview, be clean and well groomed, and always send a thank you card. In a recent poll, candidates said it was important to send a thank-you note. Fifty percent said use email, 37% said send an email and snail mail, and 9% said snail mail is always the best choice.

Making the investment to perfect your medical resume or CV can yield great results. Check out the following infographic compiled by for more tips on putting together an impressive medical resume.


Credit: Audrey Jenkins,

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