Episode 42

PGP Fundamentals: Curriculum Vitae

This episode is all about curriculum vitaes and what things you should do to polish yours.

Questions we discuss:

  1. What is a CV vs a resume?
  2. What goes into your CV?
  3. What are some ways to make your CV pop or give it some CV flare?
  4. What should the substance and focus of the CV be?

This episode's take-aways:

  1. CV is much more than a resume. There is no page limit, and it's going to highlight your entire career when it comes to a certain profession.
  2. Your CV may only be 1 to 2 pages starting off, but it will expand.
  3. Your CV should be organized with clear transitions from one section to another. Section headers that stand out (bold, underlined) help people navigate your CV easily.
  4. Have your CV tell your story about your experience and education.
  5. Put things in reverse chronological order and label things, specifically dates, similarly throughout
  6. NO COMPLETE SENTENCES! Avoid walls of text, you want this to be easily scanned and overall summarized.
  7. Don't go overboard with flare, but it is ok to add some color to make it stand out more.
  8. Consider having an online CV or online portfolio where you can show pictures or expand on elements in the CV. You can link the hard copy of the CV to the website with a QR code using a free QR code creator
  9. Check out some CV prep tips from ACCP and ASHP
  10. Check out Episode 14, "Items to include on your CV" for more details on what to include and remove from the sections of your CV.

What should you do now?

  • Pull out your CV or resume and make the skeleton with the area's we talked about in the episode
  • Schedule some time every 3 months to update the CV
  • Create a to-do list of things to add to your CV and keep it

What should you do later?

  • Get others to review your CV, mentors, peers (peers you trust!)
  • Continue to update
  • Create plans for filling in gap areas


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Sean Smithgall

Assistant Clinical Professor at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. Completed a PGY1 pharmacotherapy residency at Geisinger Medical Center and a PGY2 ambulatory care residency at East Tennnessee State University, Gatton College of Pharmacy. Interests include family medicine, post-graduate training preparation, and making podcasts.