By William Chagares, DPM

Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is the first thing most potential employers will see. To make the right impression, it should be professional, succinct, accurate and a thorough snapshot of your qualifications.

Here is a checklist to get you started:

Formatting and style guidelines:

  • Your CV should be informative and accurate – but also concise. Only include relevant information.
  • Maximize readability. It is essential for your CV to be easy for the reader to scan quickly and effectively. You need to separate different sections and insert clear section headings. Avoid long paragraphs and use bullet points to break up text into more manageable chunks. It should be eye-catching and uncluttered.
  • Check vigilantly for spelling and grammatical errors.

Recommended professional information:  

  • Details regarding your training and education. Be clear about your residency training, and add details such as fellowship training, if completed.
  • Professional practice history including dates and locations.
  • Board Certification status (Board Qualified and/or Board Certified status). When providing a printed copy of your CV during interviews, attach a copy of the Board Certificate(s).
  • Professional memberships. For instance, membership to the Federal Services Podiatric Medical Association (FSPMA) or the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), or other professional societies (American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine (ACFAOM), American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS), American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), American Diabetes Assoc., Society for Vascular Surgeons, etc.)
  • Activities you perform on a national level. For instance, lecturer at conferences or seminars, teaching appointments, membership on professional committees and any other volunteer work. Examples include: work with the APMA, ABPM, Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH), American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM), etc.
  • Publications, including those as a resident.  If numerous, attach the list to your CV as a separate PDF file.
  • Research activities.
  • Faculty appointments
  • Honors or other achievements.