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The Virginia Community Healthcare Association Recruitment Services Newsletter Spring 2012 CV or Resume? In Latin, CV stands for “course of life,” an apt description of what CVs are meant to do: detail all aspects of your professional life. A Resume highlights your background and skillsets, directing attention to aspects directly relevant to a particular position. In the medical profession these words are often used interchangeably. The CV or Resume is your marketing tool. The goal of either is to get you an interview. A CV contains a full history of your credentials and achievements including education, professional background, academic honors, publications, presentations, volunteer experience, professional memberships, awards, honors, cultural activities and personal interests. A CV is meant to be a single-source list of your credentials and history, and can be anywhere from 5 to 25 or more pages. A Resume is much shorter and summarizes accomplishments and competencies. It provides a concise, adequate, and accurate description of your employment history and skills, education, relevant professional memberships, honors and awards. It should flow in a logical chronological order, and should be no more than 3 pages; 1 page is ideal. Key elements of your resume should include your name and contact information. These should be the first things on the page and should include a mailing address, email address and at least 1 phone number. If you include an “Objective” it should be limited to 1 or 2 sentences tailored to the prospective job and organization to which you are applying. For “thin” resumes (i.e., when you don’t have much experience), the objective can help fill it out. If you have a lot of experience, the objective can be included in the accompanying cover letter. Seasoned professionals often include an “Experience Summary” or “Core Competencies” section, to highlight specific areas of strength. List your degree(s), and the institution(s) and year(s) conferred. Some resumes include this information near the top, which is ideal for new grads without a lot of work history. Experienced professionals usually list the “Education” section after their employment history. Show your “Work History” in chronological order, beginning with the current position first. List all the titles you held under each employer, and the corresponding dates associated with each. Include a brief description of responsibilities and accomplishments. Be sure to include “Volunteer Work,” if you have given freely of your time toward a cause, particularly if it is relevant to your profession. “Personal Interests,” can also be included, especially if they are pertinent to the position for which you are applying. Pet resume peeves include fancy fonts, lots of text boxes, too little white space or formatting that makes it hard to read, and unexplained gaps in work history. The most grievous error of all is mistakes. Proofread your resume thoroughly and have someone else proofread it as well. Nothing is more likely to guarantee that you won’t be granted an interview than spelling or grammatical errors.


Remember that your CV will probably be circulated to several individuals within a company when you apply for a position. Be sure they can all access it. Almost anyone can read a PDF or Word file. Don’t forget about keywords. Many organizations use key word searches to narrow the field. If you are responding to a job with a posted description, use as many of the key elements (exact words) as possible. Before sending out your resume, be aware of your electronic impression. Google yourself before a prospective employer has the chance. Be sure the reflection presented online is a positive extension of your resume and yourself. Make sure your resume offers the best representation of you. Write clearly, concisely, honestly and in a way that is logical and easy to read. Then prepare thoroughly for that interview!

Current Clinical Vacancies (as of April 1, 2012) include:  Primary Care Physicians – Openings for both Family Practitioners and Internal Medicine Physicians. 15+ vacancies in urban, rural and suburban sites in Central Virginia, Southern Virginia, Southwestern Virginia, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Richmond Tidewater, and the DC metro area / northern Virginia (4 positions, all require Spanish).  Pediatricians – 2 vacancies including sites in the Shenandoah Valley/Nelson County and the West Virginia mountains. Requires 2-5 years experience. Spanish required for Nelson County. WV job is 50% inpatient/50% outpatient and 1:4 on call.  Spanish-Fluent Clinicians – Opportunities for Nurse Practitioners, FPs, IMs, Pediatricians and Behavioral Health Providers in northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.  Nurse Practitioners – 5 total opportunities for Family NPs including 2 in Northern Virginia /DC metro area (Spanish fluency required; 1 requires extensive experience), Amherst County, and the eastern mountains of southern West Virginia (near Roanoke). Also an ANP or FNP opening in Richmond; requires 5+ years experience.  Dentists – 3 vacancies in the Tidewater area and the middle peninsula as well as in Martinsburg, West Virginia, all in solo practitioner roles with support staff. Requires 1+ year minimum experience.

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Competitive Compensation Comprehensive Benefits Loan Repayment Opportunities Malpractice Insurance at No Cost 40-Hour Work Week Predominantly Outpatient Settings State-of-the-art Facilities and Equipment

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Continuing Medical Education Including Time-off and Expenses Complete Support Staff, Freeing You to Focus on Patient Care No Financial Buy-in Required Community Involvement and Impact Lifestyle of Your Choice – Rural or Urban

Contact one of our Recruitment Specialists today at 800-966-8272 Thomas Gaskins (ext. 1257) or Kim Riley (ext. 1256) or Anita Browning (ext. 1255) or email us at: recruitment@vacommunityhealth.org www.vacommunityhealth.org FaceBook - facebook.com/CHC.Careers Blog –http://healthcarepractitioners4chcs.blogspot.com/


Spring 2012 Newsletter