Common Mistakes in CV’s for Residency Applicants

Published Date : 20 May, 2021
Author : Team IFMGE

Be prepared! You will likely need to keep both digital and print copies of your CV on hand. For printing, use white or cream 24-lb paper. Use a laser printer for the best resolution. When sending digital copies, use a PDF. Double check the formatting is correct in PDF form.

Have specific resumes. A CV is asked for in many situations. It is smart to have specialty specific CVs as well as a CV specific for each experience you will apply to. 

Utilize detailed titles. It is a common mistake to send the wrong CV because it isn’t labeled well. We recommend keeping detailed document titles of what each CV is for, in addition to a date.

Use an active voice. Be sure that you are the active role in your descriptions, do not just describe what you saw others do.

Don’t share too much personal information. You don’t need to include your age, sexuality, religion, political affiliation, citizenship status, national origin, social media handle, or high-risk information like your SSN. If something personal is important to you to share, it may be better in your Personal Statement. 

Avoid errors or exaggerations. Remember that honesty and integrity always matter. You do not want to be in the position of having to explain or defend misinformation.

Incorporate it with your Personal Statement. Be aware of what might need more contextualizing and keep it in mind for your residency personal statement and interviews. For example, time off from school, or if you have a notable gap in work experience can be considered red flags. Start thinking about how you can frame an explanation for those clearly and positively in your personal statement.

Don’t waste space. Craft your descriptions sparingly, do not use terms like “responsible for” or “tasked with.” Just say what you did. Try to use accomplishment-oriented language when possible. Use examples of awards or achievements.


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