Having hiring manager’s notice your CV among a sea of other CV’s can seem daunting. As a PA, for the most part, everyone has similar education, so it comes down to experience, CV set up, organization and ability to communicate your strengths to an employer.
- Present your CV in a coherent, lucid and simple manner. Do not include personal information (age, children, marital status etc.)
- Use your objective to relay a short impactful summary and mission to the employer. The objective can be a great alternative to long winded cover letters
- Make sure your work experience is in chronological order, with your most recent experience on top
- If you are currently working and have been for the last 4+ years, there is no need to list rotations from PA school. Also, list your experience before your education.
- If you are a recent graduate, list your education first, followed by your rotations and elective rotations, followed by any relevant work experience
- Use a Skills or Achievements section to highlight any technical or transferable skills; perhaps a specific EMR exposure or a 2nd or 3rd language you speak
- Please, try to have your CV on one page, if you end up on two pages, that’s fine as well. Work experience more 12+ years old doesn’t need to be on your CV.