This page is designed to give you tips about preparing your CV, which RMO1s should be thinking about right now (if not before)
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- Your CV is an important supporting document for your job application
- Together with your responses to the Selection Criteria, these two documents should paint a clear picture of you to the interview panel
- Remember that as a JMO, you are NOT given an opportunity to submit a supporting or covering letter
- Bear in mind that while most JMOs apply for multiple jobs, you can only upload a single CV and this same document will be used for each application
- As a tool for getting you an interview, your CV should, ideally, not stand alone, but be backed up by personal approaches to the key decision makers
There is no “correct” format or template in NSW Health
Proof read carefully and avoid errors of spelling or grammar. Have someone you trust proof read as well
Don’t let the reader overlook important information. Pick out your major selling points and ensure they are highlighted
Avoid “Personal Goals” that read like motherhood statements.
If you are going to include a photo, make sure it’s a professional looking one
Keep the information well organised
Avoid and or explain any gaps or ambiguities
Make sure its up to date
Don’t try to squash it into a pre-determined page length
Don’t ever lie on your CV, or try to bend the truth – in particular don’t claim qualifications you don’t have
- Aim for a font which is age appropriate to your typical interview panelist (ie conservative and big enough to be easy to read)
- Style should be simple, elegant, professional and conservative. Try to keep it un-cluttered
- There is no “correct" way to organise your information. Typical topic heading include:
- Academic/Educational achievements/Qualifications,
- Employment History, (Specific Skills Obtained)
- Research & Publications
- Clinical Governance
- Other Professional Responsibilities/Associations/Memberships
- Continuing education
- Extra-curricular Information
- Do I need to include a photo?
Not essential, but if you do, make sure you choose a good one
- Is including my “Personal goals” a good idea
Technically its not part of a CV, but has become common practice. It should only be done if you have something important and distinctive to say. If you include a section on Personal goals, use it to describe your passion, rather than what you think the interview panel wants to hear.
- I’ve heard my CV shouldn’t exceed 2 pages.
This is just plain wrong. It should be long enough to record all of your relevant qualifications, skills, training and professional background. In my experience. PGY1 CVs will typically range between 3-5 pages.
- Do interviewers want to know about my hobbies and interests?
Its not critical, but they generally don’t mind and occasionally this can be of benefit, by allowing the interviewer to view you as a rounded human being rather than just another applicant
- Is there anything I should be conscious of leaving out?
Non medical elements which attest to how you satisfy any of the selection criteria can also be helpful, but are often omitted because they are not directly related to the job.
Lots of young doctors make a positive contribution to the fabric of the hospital – always volunteering to help out with things. This is a highly valued commodity so make sure you don’t forget to include any evidence which attests to this
- Should I itemise all the skills I have obtained / procedures I have learned under each term that I have done?
At the RMO level, this is generally NOT helpful. If the job you are applying for requires demonstration of specific procedures, you might include this is as a separate topic heading. Alternatively, you will still need to address this under the selection criteria
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