Curriculum Vitae Mistakes to Avoid

While there is no "one right way" to prepare a CV, experts recommend you avoid certain common, but costly, mistakes.

  • Using Curriculum Vitae or CV as a heading. This wastes valuable space. It is obvious that the document is a CV. Your name at the top in bold letters is more appropriate.
  • Inaccurate contact information.
  • If contact information changes, make sure it is revised on your CV. Make sure your contact information and your references' contact information are accurate and up to date.
  • Unprofessional e-mail addresses. Hotdoc@yahoo.com will not impress prospective employers.
  • Overuse of capitalization. Headings, titles, names and places, companies, universities, and the first word of every sentence should start with a capital letter. Using all caps is the equivalent of shouting.
  • Printing your CV on poor quality paper or sending photocopies. It sends the message you are not interested in making the best possible impression, and it looks unprofessional.
  • Relying solely on your computer's spell check. A word may be spelled correctly but used in the wrong context (e.g., 'here' and 'hear' or 'to' and 'two'). Have someone else proofread your CV to look for errors you might have overlooked.
  • Using fancy fonts, formats, colors, and graphics. These can be distracting and make your CV difficult to read. Keeping it concise and simple creates a professional image.
  • Including non-relevant personal information. Date or place of birth, gender, race, religion, marital status, family, sexual orientation, and political affiliation have no bearing on your clinical capabilities and should not be included.
  • Listing identifying information such as license numbers, DEA numbers, and social security numbers. With the increasing prevalence of identity theft, it is important to safeguard this information.
  • Forgetting to sign the cover letter and affix proper postage. This sends a negative message and demonstrates lack of attention to detail.

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