Curriculum Vitae Style, Formatting, and Submitting

Your CV is a visual representation of your experience and training. Present the facts about yourself in a way that will capture the interest of potential employers. Make your CV as effective as possible by organizing the information in an easy to read manner.

Style and Formatting

  • Headings, subheadings, and bullets visually organize the CV, making it more professional, understandable, and memorable
  • Be consistent with the format. If you bold major headings and abbreviate months of the year, do so consistently throughout the CV
  • Make your CV as easy on the eyes as possible. Use a 10– to 12–point font
  • Use an easy to read font, e.g., Times New Roman, Arial, Tahoma, or Calibri
  • Always use paper that looks good when photocopied (white or light colored)
  • Include your name and page number on each page. It is not uncommon for pages to become separated
  • Check spelling, grammar, and dates
  • CV length should range from 2–5 pages

Hiring organizations notice misspellings, grammatical errors, poor organization, and poor layout. Your CV is often your first impression on an organization and this sends a negative message about you and reflects poorly on your clinical competence. Make sure your CV is proofread by a trusted source, or submit your CV for a free review with PracticePath.

Printing and Sending Your CV

  • Send your CV on the day you commit to sending it – promptness is always appreciated
  • Print your CV on high–quality, plain white paper using the best quality printer you can access. Although patterned or colored paper may be unique for the original copy you send, they may not photocopy well
  • If you are faxing your CV, request an acknowledgement of its receipt
  • If e–mailing your CV, save your CV as a .pdf so formatting is retained. Ask for a confirmation that your CV was received
  • If submitting your CV in person, submit only clean, undamaged copies