Why are CV’s so difficult for cardiologists to write?
Sadly, the process of applying for a cardiologist job can often get in the way of you and your ideal job. Many cardiologists struggle to write an interview-winning CV, even though they have the exact skills the employer is looking for.
Your CV is a hugely important document, yet a very difficult one to write. It has to be succinct, while at the same time providing a comprehensive overview of your career history along with your skills and experience. It has to be professionally presented to make it stand out from the crowd.
Even if you have all the skills and experience to do a particular job, you need a completely different set of skills to write an effective CV and get through the application process. These include:
- Good writing skills.
- The ability to research the employer so that you can show you share their ethos and would fit in well with their organisation or cardiology team.
- The ability to understand what each part of the cardiologist job description is asking for and write a CV that links this to your own skills and experience.
- Computer literacy, as most employers expect you to apply for a job using the computer – even though advanced computer skills aren’t an essential part of being a cardiologist!
These are difficult skills which aren’t even needed for most cardiologist jobs – yet it’s almost impossible to get a job without them!
In this guide, we’ll show you how to create a CV that appeals directly to the employer.
Create a different CV for each cardiologist job you apply for
Most cardiologists don’t know they should tailor their CV to each and every job they apply for. It’s amazing how many people have a standard CV that they re-use over and over again, simply updating it every few years. This can seriously affect your chance of success, as people who do this are not showing employers that they are interested in the organisation or how well they will fit into it.
Even more importantly, if you use the same CV to apply for different cardiologist jobs then it won’t show that you meet each point in the job description. Employers are busy people. They’re not prepared to spend time working out for themselves how the skills and experience listed on your CV relate to their job description. Your CV should do this for them.
To get a head start in today’s cardiologist jobs market, it’s vital to produce a unique CV for every job application. Each time, you should research the employer and make sure your CV matches exactly what they’re looking for.
Fortunately, preparing a different CV for each cardiologist job application you write isn’t as time-consuming as it sounds. And it’s definitely worth it!
1Prepare a standard CV and save it on your computerWhen you create your main CV, include all the skills and examples of your experience that you can think of. Don’t worry about how long it is, as you’ll be removing anything that’s not relevant to each cardiologist job you apply for in step 4, below.
2Create a new CV for each cardiologist job you apply forThis bit’s easy. Each time you apply for a cardiologist job, simply open your standard CV and save it as a new document.
3Write a list of everything the employer is looking for
You can get this information by reading the cardiologist job advert and job description. Your list should include:
- The skills and qualifications needed for the job.
- The ‘soft skills’, values and other qualities the employer is looking for, e.g. if they want someone friendly, a team player, someone with initiative, etc.
- Details of the overall tone of the cardiologist job advert and job description, e.g. is it worded in a friendly or formal way?
4Update your CV to include each item in the list
This is the most time-consuming bit:
- Restructure the skills listed on your CV to match the order in which they’re listed on the cardiologist job description. This will make it really easy for the employer to see that you meet all the requirements.
- If your standard CV already lists any of the skills on the job description, reword these slightly to use the same language as the job description. For example, if the job description refers to ‘Cardiac diagnostic procedures’ then make sure your CV uses this exact phrase instead of something different like ‘Cardiac testing’. Of course the employer knows they’re the same thing, but this will help them to skim-read your quickly and verify your skills against the job description at a glance.
- If your CV is too long (i.e. over 2 pages), delete anything that isn’t relevant to the job description.
- If the job description lists any skills that you forgot to mention on your standard CV, add these now. (Update your main CV too, if the extra information will help you with other job applications.)
- Reword your CV to reflect the tone of the job advert and job description. If the employer used friendly and informal language then your CV should do the same. If the job advert is formal and academic then your CV should be too.
- If you have several people who can provide references for you, choose the two that are most relevant to the cardiologist job you’re applying for.
5Don’t forget to write an attention-grabbing covering letter to send with your CVFor nearly all cardiologist job applications, you’ll benefit from including a covering letter with your CV (even if the advert didn’t ask for it!). This should summarise the information in your CV and instantly show the employer that you’re the cardiologist they’re looking for.
Armed with a killer CV tailored directly to the job, you have a much better chance of getting an interview for your perfect cardiologist job.